Biography (Critical Survey of Mystery & Detective Fiction, Revised Edition)
In 1967, Adrian McKinty was born in Carrickfergus, County Down, a town five miles outside Belfast in British Northern Ireland. Soon after his birth, Northern Ireland entered a violent period known as the Troubles, centered on the clash between the Unionist government in Ulster and the Irish Republican Army (IRA), which sought, through militant means, to reunite the six counties in Northern Ireland with the Republic of Ireland in the southern part of the island. The Troubles, which could at any moment have escalated into a full-scale civil war, seriously affected the daily lives of everyone living in Northern Ireland at that time and no doubt shaped the people’s political and social perspectives. In 1972, when McKinty was only five years old, twenty-six protesters in Derry, Northern Ireland, were shot by members of the British Parachute Regiment. This incident, known as Bloody Sunday, dramatically intensified the violence and caused an increase in enlistment in the Irish Republican Army (IRA), which was campaigning for Northern Ireland’s independence from Britain. McKinty’s youth was thus shrouded in scenes of horrific violence. The author once described his hometown Carrickfergus, as “old school—no cars, much drunkenness, wives in their place and many, many fights.” Hardly surprising then, that his background in Northern Ireland provides much of the material for his highly suspenseful, brutally violent novels.
McKinty attended Oxford...
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