Adrian McKinty grew up in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. In 2000 he relocated to Denver, Colorado where he taught high school English and began writing fiction. His debut Dead I Well May Be  was shortlisted for the 2004 Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award. His first Sean Duffy novel The Cold Cold Ground won the 2013 Spinetingler Award and its sequel I Hear The Sirens In The Street  was shortlisted for the 2013 Ned Kelly Award. In 2009 Adrian moved to Melbourne, Australia with his wife and two children.