The Cold, Cold Ground ~ by Adrian McKinty

I got this because it was on sale and because I’d heard a lot about it over the years and because I’m interested in Irish history and finally because Gerard Doyle narrates it.  I was kind of hoping for some similarity to the Slough House series by Mick Herron and that didn’t turn out but … it was still okay – there are similarities.  It’s the first of a series and I’ve read a couple of the later books.  

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The Cold, Cold Ground 
by Adrian McKinty – 2012
Read by Gerard Doyle 10h 4m
Rating:  B / suspense thriller 
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McKinty is nowhere near the author Herron is, but the story is good and I did enjoy it.  I don’t know whether I’ll be reading more in the series or not. 

Two homosexuals are found dead with their hands removed and exchanged. They’re found separately and the killer gets word to the police after the first one. Then a woman’s body shows up – she has a past but her death might be suicide?
 
Meanwhile the IRA and other organizations are involved in the struggles and troubles and hunger strikes and the British soldiers are torn between both sides – although they’re pledged to the Brits.   

This is excellent historical fiction and there are many threads. On the good side they all get tied up at the end.  

This is the first in a series but I don’t know if I’ll read more of them or not – maybe on sale.  

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