Molly Interviews Adrian McKinty for Seventh Street Books

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Adrian McKinty has been one of my favorite noir authors ever since I picked up The Cold, Cold Ground, the first volume of his acclaimed Troubles Trilogy, and finished the three books in the next week. For those who, like me, loved In The Morning, I’ll Be Gone, McKinty’s explosive conclusion to the trilogy, yet wanted more of Detective Sean Duffy, I am pleased to announce that McKinty has written a fourth Duffy novel, Gun Street Girl. Seventh Street Books, an amazing publisher, gave me, along with some other die-hard fans, a chance to interview Mr. McKinty, and now I am pleased as punch to show off said interview.

Here’s a short excerpt from the interview:

Ziskin: The opening of The Cold Cold Ground is one of the most hauntingly beautiful passages I can recall reading. Can there be poetry in the tragedies of Northern Ireland?


McKinty: Wow, thank you for saying that. Poetry can definitely exist in that environment. Theodore Adorno’s apocalyptic remark that there could be no poetry after Auschwitz is contradicted by people like Primo Levi who argued that, in fact, that there was poetry even during Auschwitz. I’m in no way comparing the two situations (!) but I will stress that even in the darkest times there is the opportunity for beauty.


Molly: One of the things that initially drew me to Detective Sean Duffy was his outsider status as one of the only Catholics in the Carrickfergus police force. I am always drawn to outsider narratives, and Duffy’s clear-headed (when not smoking hash or drinking to distraction) appraisal of both sides of the law draws on his inability to fit neatly into any presupposed category himself. What was your thought process in creating such an outsider perspective?


McKinty: I loved putting a Catholic in a Protestant housing estate, making him a cop, making him come from a slightly different class, giving him a different accent, making slightly better educated and then just sitting back and letting the sparks fly. It was actually pretty fun for me to have him be in the middle, not quite at ease in either community and it’s a terrific authorial trick because you can exploit all these interesting fracture lines and explores the friction.

Click here to read the full interview.

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