McKinty makes the Ned Kelly shortlist
|Kelly's Horse, by Sidney Nolan|
Here's what Detectives Beyond Borders said about McKinty's novel, the follow-up to his The Cold Cold Ground:
Like its predecessor, Sirens is a serious portrait of one man's progress through troubled times (early-1980s Belfast and Carrickfergus, the author's home town). Like The Cold Cold Ground, it feels organic. Every joke, every grim encounter, or musing on the crappy Irish weather, or setback or advance in the police investigation contains the seeds of the whole. And it's a hell of a whole; these books are as smart and fun and harrowing as crime fiction gets."McKinty's competition includes Blackwattle Creek by Geoffrey McGeachin, whose name has come up here a time or two.
The awards will be presented by the Australian Crime Writers Association Sept. 7 as part of the Brisbane Writers' Festival.
© Peter Rozovsky 2013