Sean Duffy Series

The first Sean Duffy novel, The Cold Cold Ground, won the 2013 Spinetingler Award and was picked as one of the best crime novels of the year by The Times.

‘If Raymond Chandler had grown up in Northern Ireland, The Cold Cold Ground is what he would have written.’ Peter Millar, The Times


The second Sean Duffy novel, I Hear The Sirens In The Street, won the 2014 Barry Award for best paperback original crime novel.

‘It blew my doors off.’ Ian Rankin


In The Morning I’ll Be Gone (Sean Duffy #3) won the 2014 Ned Kelly Award for best novel and was picked as one of the top 10 crime novels of 2014 by the American Library Association, The Daily Mail & The Toronto Star.

‘McKinty is particularly convincing in painting the political and social backdrops to his plots. He deservers to be treated as one of Britain’s top crime writers.’ Marcel Berlins, The Times


Gun Street Girl (Duffy #4) was shortlisted for the 2016 Edgar Award, the 2015 Ned Kelly Award, The 2016 Anthony Award and was picked as one of the best books of 2015 by The Boston Globe and by The Irish Times.

‘McKinty’s Troubles-set tales of sarky Belfast cop Sean Duffy are becoming one of the great crime series … Brilliant’ The Sun


Sean Duffy #5, Rain Dogs, was shortlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2016, shortlisted for the Edgar Award 2017 and longlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award 2016.

‘This is clever historical crime with the bite of social commentary and the joy of a crime series at its zenith.’ Sue Turnbull, Sydney Morning Herald


Sean Duffy #6, Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly, was released on 5 January 2017.

‘McKinty moves seamlessly between action and reflection, and his sardonic tone is a delight.’ Sunday Times

RUC HR rept #22345 - CONFIDENTIAL

Full name: Sean Patrick Duffy
Born: Londonderry, August 6th 1955
Rank: Detective Inspector RUC

Highly intelligent but insubordinate & potentially rogue police officer. Contacts with MI5 and C6 military intelligence.

Duffy drinks heavily and should not be trusted with key to Evidence Room. The only Catholic living in a Protestant housing estate, he has been advised to move house but has ceased to respond to written requests.

In summary: an intelligent, resourceful, potentially rogue police officer, with influential friends and powerful enemies. A very dangerous asset.

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