Adrian McKinty grew up in Northern Ireland. After studying at Oxford University he moved to New York City, working in bars, bookstores, building sites and finally the basement stacks of the Columbia University Medical School Library. In 2000 he relocated to Denver, Colorado where he taught high school English and began writing fiction. His debut Dead I Well May Be (9781846686993) was shortlisted for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award and his most recent novel Fifty Grand (9781846687419) won the 2010 Spinetingler Award. In 2009 Adrian moved to Melbourne, Australia.