Carrickfergus, près de Belfast, septembre 1983, en plein conflit nord-irlandais. L'inspecteur Sean Duffy, l'un des rares catholiques au sein du RUC, la police royale d'Ulster, est radié sur la base de fausses accusations. Au même moment, Dermot McCann, un habile poseur de bombes et ancien camarade de classe de Duffy, s'évade de prison et devient la cible principale des services de renseignement britanniques. Le MI5 extirpe Duffy de sa retraite alcoolisée afin que ce dernier les aide à traquer McCann. Mais pour obtenir des informations sur la cachette du fugitif, l'ex-inspecteur doit d'abord résoudre un meurtre en chambre close. Sa quête va finalement le conduire à Brighton où se trame une tentative d'assassinat sur le Premier Ministre Britannique, Margaret Thatcher.
VICTIMES. SURVIVANTS. RAVISSEURS. CRIMINELS.VOUS SEREZ TOUT CELA À LA FOIS.
Le téléphone sonne. Un inconnu a kidnappé votre enfant.Pour qu'il soit libéré, vous devez enlever l'enfant de quelqu'un d'autre.Votre enfant sera relâché quand les parents de votre victime auront à leur tour enlevé un enfant.Si un chaînon manque : votre enfant sera tué.
VOUS FAITES DÉSORMAIS PARTIE DE LA CHAINE.
VOUS N'ÊTES PAS LES PREMIERS.
VOUS NE SEREZ CERTAINEMENT PAS LES DERNIERS.
« C'est rien de moins que Les Dents de la mer pour les parents. » Don Winslow
« Par moments Une terre si froide fait penser à James Ellroy par la précision et l´intensité de la langue. » The Glasgow Herald1981, Carrickfergus, Irlande du Nord. Le gréviste de la faim Bobby Sands vient de mourir et la région est sous haute tension. C´est dans ce contexte oppressant que le sergent Sean Duffy est appelé d´urgence pour résoudre une étrange enquête : un homme a été retrouvé dans un terrain vague, une main coupée. La victime est un homosexuel notoire. Un mobile suffisant ? Puis une deuxième victime est découverte, présentant les mêmes sévices. Aurait-on affaire au premier serial killer de l´histoire du pays ? Duffy sait toutefois que les apparences sont souvent trompeuses, lui qui incarne un paradoxe en Ulster : il est fl ic et catholique.Adrian McKinty réussit le pari de faire vivre la violence de la guerre civile en même temps qu´il nous entraîne au coeur d´une enquête palpitante, maniée avec un humour noir si cher aux Irlandais.
Sean Duffy sait que le crime parfait n´existe pas. Toutefois, un torse à l´abandon dans une valise n´est pas loin de l´évoquer. Il suffifi t souvent d´un indice infifi me pour faire basculer une enquête... Un tatouage.Sean Duffy, remis de tentat qu´il a essuyé dans sa dernière affaire, n´a plus qu´à suivre le fifi l rouge, la trace de sang - si ténue soit-elle - qui lie toujours un orps à son meurtrier. Des rues sous haute tension de Belfast à la lande irlandaise, Duffy ne laisse aucune piste au hasard et ne se départit jamais de son sens de l´humour, même dans les moments de plus grand doute...
Cuban cop Mercado has a score to settle, on behalf of a deadbeat dad, a 'traitor' who skipped free from Castro's control to set up a new life working illegally in Colorado. He settled in a ski resort popular with the Hollywood set, where the facade is maintained by the immigrant cleaners and labourers who work for below minimum wage while the local sheriff is bribed to turn a blind eye. Hernandez Sr's dreams of fortune and freedom came to a swift end when he was killed in a hit-and-run accident.
Sworn to avenge his death, Mercado has some obstacles to overcome - not least getting out of Cuba, where visas are as elusive as constant electricity.
Switching back and forth between heat-soaked Havana and the icy luxury of the mountainside resort, Fifty Grand is an audacious thriller from an acknowledged talent - and an incendiary debut for a new hero.
The time is pre-Giuliani New York, when crack rules the city and hundreds are murdered every month. Michael Forsythe and his lads tumble through the streets, shaking down victims, drinking hard, and fighting block by bloody block. Soon Darkey White anoints Michael his rising star.
Cuban cop Hernandez has a score to settle, on behalf of a deadbeat dad, a 'traitor' who skipped free from Castro's control to set up a new life working illegally in Colorado. He settled in a ski resort popular with the Hollywood set, where the facade is maintained by the immigrant cleaners and labourers who work for below minimum wage.
Killian makes a living enforcing other people's laws, collecting debts, dealing out threats and finding people who do not wish to be found. Now regular McKinty hero Michael Forsythe sets Killian up with the best paid job of his life: Richard Coulter, an Irishman with political connections, and the owner of a budget airline, is willing to pay half a million to track down his ex-wife and children.
But Killian discovers the real reason Coulter's ex is running, and helps her take refuge among his people, a community of Irish Travellers, who close ranks to protect them - for a little while at least . . .
There's no such thing as a perfect crime. Sean Duffy knows this. He's back at work and ready for the avalanche of horrors that awaits him, beginning with a torso in a suitcase, dumped in an abandoned factory. Fully fit after the severe trauma of his last investigation, Duffy is ready to follow the trail of blood - however faint - that always, always connects a body to its killer.
From an international businessman to a beautiful young widow, ancient police notes to ambassador's records, country lanes to city streets, Duffy works every angle. And wherever he goes, he smells a rat ...
Winner of the 2014 Ned Kelly Award for Best Fiction Sean Duffy's got nothing. And when you've got nothing left to lose, you have everything to gain, but only if you want it. So when MI5 come knocking, Sean knows exactly what they want, but he hasn't got the first idea how to get it.
Of course he's heard about the spectacular escape of IRA man Dermot McCann from Her Majesty's Maze prison. And he knew, with chilly certainty, that their paths would cross. But finding Dermot leads Sean to an old locked room mystery, and into the kind of danger where you can lose as easily as winning. And there's no coming back from this kind of losing.
From old betrayals and ancient history to 1984's most infamous crime, Sean tries not to fall too far behind in the race to annihilation. Can he outrun the most skilled terrorist the IRA ever created? And will the past catch him first?
Belfast, 1985. Gunrunners on the borders, riots in the cities, The Power of Love on the radio. And somehow, in the middle, Detective Inspector Sean Duffy is hanging on, a Catholic policeman in the hostile Royal Ulster Constabulary.
Duffy is initially left cold by the murder of a wealthy couple, shot dead while watching TV. And when their troubled son commits suicide, leaving a note that appears to take responsibility for the deaths, it seems the case is closed. But something doesn't add up, and people keep dying. Soon Duffy is on the trail of a mystery that will pit him against shadowy US intelligence forces, and take him into the white-hot heart of the biggest political scandal of the decade.
Denver, Colorado: a pretty, clever young girl working for an environmental charity, Victoria Patawasti is sleeping peacefully, unaware that she has barely an hour to live. As her killer slips into her apartment and draws a revolver in the darkness, Alex Lawson wakes up in Belfast. Twenty-four, sickly, and struggling to kick his heroin habit after a disastrous six-month stint in the drug squad of the Northern Ireland police force, Alex badly needs a chance to get back on track. Victoria was his high school love, and when he finds out she has been murdered, he volunteers to help Victoria?s family hunt down the killer. But once in Colorado, Alex has a fight on his hands: wanted by both the Colorado cops and the Ulster police, and uncovering corruption at the highest levels of government, he can solve the case only if he manages to stay alive.
'McKinty's Troubles-set tales of sarky Belfast cop Sean Duffy are becoming one of the great crime series ... Brilliant!' - THE SUN 'It blew my doors off' - IAN RANKIN SPINETINGLER AWARD WINNER NED KELLY AWARD WINNER STEEL DAGGER AWARD SHORTLISTED It's just the same things over and again for Sean Duffy. Riot duty. Heartbreak. Cases he can solve but never get to court. But what detective gets two locked room mysteries in one career? When journalist Lily Bigelow is found dead in the courtyard of Carrickfergus castle, it looks like a suicide. But there are just a few things that bother Duffy enough to keep the case file open. Which is how he finds out that she was working on a devastating investigation of corruption and abuse at the highest levels of power in the UK and beyond. And so Duffy has two impossible problems on his desk: who killed Lily Bigelow? And what were they trying to hide? BOOK 5 IN THE DETECTIVE SEAN DUFFY SERIES
'McKinty's Troubles-set tales of sarky Belfast cop Sean Duffy are becoming one of the great crime series ... Brilliant!' - THE SUN 'It blew my doors off' - IAN RANKIN SPINETINGLER AWARD WINNER NED KELLY AWARD WINNER STEEL DAGGER AWARD SHORTLISTED BOOK 1: The Cold Cold Ground Two dead. Nothing seems to link them, but Sean Duffy knows the links that seem to be invisible are just waiting to be uncovered. And as a policeman who has solved six murders so far in his career, but not yet brought a single case to court, Duffy is determined that this time, someone will pay. BOOK 2: I Hear the Sirens in the Street Sean Duffy knows that one tiny clue is all it takes to solve a murder, so when a dismembered torso is found in a suitcase, he knows there'll be a way to find the killer. Now he's fully fit after the severe trauma of his last case, he goes from country lanes to city streets, and wherever he goes, he smells a rat ... BOOK 3: In the Morning I'll Be Gone Sean Duffy heard about the spectacular escape of IRA man Dermot McCann from Her Majesty's Maze prison, and he knows, with chilly certainty, that their paths will cross. Can he outrun the most skilled terrorist the IRA ever created? And will the past catch him first?
'McKinty is one of Britain's great contemporary crime writers and the Sean Duffy books are his masterpiece.' IAN RANKIN
SHORTLISTED FOR THE THEAKSTON'S OLD PECULIER CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR AWARD
SPINETINGLER AWARD WINNER
NED KELLY AWARD WINNER
STEEL DAGGER AWARD SHORTLISTED
WINNER OF THE EDGAR AWARD 2017
BOOK 4: Gun Street Girl
Belfast, 1985. The usual rounds of riot duty and sectarian murders are interrupted when a wealthy couple are shot dead while watching TV. Their son jumps to his death, leaving a note claiming responsibility. But something doesn't add up, and people keep dying.
BOOK 5: Rain Dogs
It's just the same things over and again for Sean Duffy. Riot duty. Heartbreak. Cases he can solve but never get to court. But what detective gets two locked room mysteries in one career? A death in a historic castle, locked up overnight. It almost looks like a suicide, but then Sean Duffy pulls on a few little threads, and the whole Establishment could come undone ...
BOOK 6: Police at the Station and They Don't Look Friendly
Belfast 1988: a man has been shot in the back with an arrow. It ain't Injuns and it isn't Robin Hood. But uncovering exactly whodunnit will take Detective Inspector Sean Duffy down his most dangerous road yet, a road that leads to a lonely clearing on the high bog where three masked gunmen will force Duffy to dig his own grave.