In the Morning
I'll Be Gone

A Detective Sean Duffy Novel

Adrian McKinty

300 pp
ISBN 978-1-61614-877-5
Paperback • $15.95
March 2014
Also available in ebook format
US & Canadian Rights

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A Catholic cop tracks a killer operating amidst the sectarian violence of the conflict in Northern Ireland.

The early 1980s. Belfast. Sean Duffy, a conflicted Catholic cop in the Protestant RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary), is recruited by MI5 to hunt down Dermot McCann, an IRA master bomber who has made a daring escape from the notorious Maze Prison. In the course of his investigations Sean discovers a woman who may hold the key to Dermot's whereabouts; she herself wants justice for her daughter who died in mysterious circumstances in a pub locked from the inside. Sean knows that if he can crack the "locked room mystery," the bigger mystery of Dermot's whereabouts might be revealed to him as a reward. Meanwhile the clock is ticking down to the Conservative Party Conference in Brighton in 1984, where Mrs. Thatcher is due to give a keynote speech….

WINNER! 2014 Ned Kelly Award - Best Fiction 

Praise for the Detective Sean Duffy novels:

“The best crime novel that I’ve read in a long time…. [McKinty is] a great writer. “
–NANCY PEARL, NPR, on The Cold Cold Ground

“A dark-humored shamus in the Phillip Marlowe tradition, [Sean Duffy] is…buoyed through the murderous chaos by his love of classical, punk, and new-wave music, the Greek philosopher Epicurus, and frothy pints of Guinness.”

“A razor-sharp thriller set against the backdrop of a country in chaos, told with style, courage, and dark-as-night wit…. An utterly brilliant novel with its own unique voice.”
–STUART NEVILLE, author of Ratlines,
on The Cold Cold Ground

Praise for In the Morning I’ll Be Gone:

“This is the third in the series and, for me, the best, for it contains a locked room mystery at the heart of a drama about a major terrorist escape from the Maze prison, Belfast in 1983. Written in spare, razor-sharp prose, and leading up to a denouement that creeps up on you and then explodes like a terrorist bomb, it places McKinty firmly in the front rank of modern crime writers.”

“Driven by McKinty’s brand of lyrical, hard-boiled prose, leavened by a fatalistic strain of the blackest humour, In the Morning I’ll Be Gone is a hugely satisfying historical thriller.”

“Powerful…. The Troubles’ first two novels were exceptionally smart police procedurals, and McKinty applies the same expertise here, contrasting a classic locked-room puzzle with the gritty, violent Belfast backdrop.”

“A locked room mystery within a manhunt killer [is] a clever and gripping set-up that helps makes Duffy’s third outing easily his best so far.”



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