Adrian was born and grew up in a working class housing project in Belfast, Northern Ireland during the worst decades of the Troubles. He attended Oxford University on a full scholarship to study philosophy. He fell in love with a girl there and followed her to New York City where he worked as an illegal in bars and building sites and as a Teamster driver for three years before marrying the girl and becoming a US citizen. He taught high school in Denver and Boulder before moving to Melbourne Australia where he decided to write full time.
His Sean Duffy series has currently sold in excess of 250,000 copies since its debut in 2012.
Adrian’s books have won the Edgar Award, Dagger Award, Anthony Award, the Ned Kelly Award and the Prix SNCF. He has also been shortlisted for Theakston Crime Novel of the Year Award.
His latest novel The Chain is already garnering critical acclaim:
"This nightmarish story is incredibly propulsive and original. You won't shake it for a long time."
"McKinty is one of the most striking and most memorable crime voices to emerge on the scene in years. His plots tempt you to read at top speed, but don't give in: this writing - sharply observant, intelligent and shot through with black humor - should be savored."
"A masterpiece. You have never read anything quite like THE CHAIN and you will never be able to forget it."