Excellent crime novel,
This review is from: The Cold Cold Ground: Sean Duffy 1 (Detective Sean Duffy 1) (Paperback)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)Someone is murdering gay men and taunting the police by leaving gruesome souvenirs at the scene. For Sean Duffy the case is puzzling enough, however this is also Northern Ireland in 1981: there are hunger strikes at the Maze prison and at night the streets are filled with fire, gunshots, and explosions. Every step of the way Duffy's investigation is hampered by the various factions and the fact that he is both Catholic and a member of the RUC makes him a target for all sides.
McKinty creates his own parallel version of Northern Ireland, a surreal and broken place, by switching the allegiance of groups (the Force Research Unit becomes a division of the IRA, for example), and by mixing real people such as Gerry Adams with lightly disguised versions of actual figures (Freddie Scappaticci becomes Freddie Scavanni).
The result is a dark and lyrical book with flashes of sardonic humour and moments of great tension and excitement. "The Cold Cold Ground" impressed me greatly and I look forward to the next in the series I Hear the Sirens in the Street.