Saturday, April 19, 2014

Barry Awards

I hate to sound like Sarah Palin (I never thought I'd begin a sentence with those words) but when the mainstream media ignores you it's very nice to get the odd award nomination to prove to them that they were wrong. By mainstream media I mean of course the mainstream media in the United States. Despite getting reviewed (and, ahem, well reviewed) in every other market in which it was available (Ireland, the UK, France, Australia, NZ, Germany, Canada and just last week in El Mundo in Spain) my novel I Hear The Sirens In The Street wasn't reviewed by a single newspaper in the United States*. I'm completely baffled as to why this was. Were the reviewers put off by the subject matter or the American cover or do they just not review paperback originals when there are so many wonderful new hardback Norwegian mystery novels to squeeze into the paper? Oh well, fuck you American reviewers and editors I Hear The Sirens In The Street, that little engine that could, has been shortlisted for the 2014 Barry Awards in the Best Paperback Original categoryHere's the full list of shortlisted authors and books

2014 Barry Award Nominations

Best Novel

TAP ON THE WINDOW, Linwood Barclay
SUSPECT, Robert Crais
ORDINARY GRACE, William Kent Krueger

Best First Novel

JAPANTOWN, Barry Lancet
THE BOOKMAN’S TALE, Charlie Lovett

Best PBO

THE RAGE, Gene Kerrigan
FIXING TO DIE, Elaine Viets

Best Thriller

DEAD LIONS, Mick Herron
GHOSTMAN, Roger Hobbs
RATLINES, Stuart Neville
THE DOLL, Taylor Stevens

Congrats to Stu Neville and Ian Rankin who are friends of mine and to Gene Kerrigan, a fellow Mick. 

If you want you can get I Hear The Sirens on, here.

*I did get a nice profile in the WSJ and I'm eternally gratefully to Nancy Pearl ("America's librarian") who went on NPR and declared The Cold Cold Ground one of the best mystery novels she'd ever read. You betcha, as Ms Palin might have said. 


Alan said...

Adrian,Congratulation on your award.If a peron is known by his friends you picked three class acts Kerrigan Rankin and Neville.I know you feel Scandinavians are overrated but Olsen and Nesbo are no slouches.Best Alan

Unknown said...

I live in Sunnyside Queens and I picked up Dead I May Well Be two years ago. I recommended it my brother, and we have since read every novel you have written. I haven't finished Sirens in the Streets yet, but so far its as awesome as anticipated. My brother finished it and loved it. Perhaps those aren't the American reviews you were looking for, but its the best I can do. Keep writing and I will keep reading. Thanks, Taylor

Brendan O'Leary said...

Still looking for McKinty books in airports. Will send a pic when I see one. The only one I saw so far, Falling Glass, was the first one I bought.

Anonymous said...

I can't answer why you are not given more reviews since your books are all so good. I found you at the independent bookstore Murder by the Book in Houston, Texas. There are others of great talent like yourself that live and write and never get the greater recognition deserved. Just know that you are appreciated and please keep on working.

seana graham said...

Congratulations on the nomination. It should really be in the best novel category, but I'm glad it was at least on the radar with the Barry people.

adrian mckinty said...


Nesbo in particular is no slouch.

adrian mckinty said...


I very much appreciate that! Yes I know I'm not everyone's cup of tea but I dont aspire to be.

I'm sorry I came off a little churlish on the blog post. Its nice to have readers who appreciate what it is you are trying to do.


adrian mckinty said...


I've never seen any of my books in the airport ever, but my wife claims to have seen someone reading Hidden River on a plane once.

adrian mckinty said...


I've never done a reading there, but I love that bookstore. Its got a great reputation and has a very knowledgeable, helpful staff.

adrian mckinty said...


Yup I'm glad to be on the radar with them at last.

John Halbrook said...

The quote I paraphrased last was from H.L. Mencken, and I think it applies in your case. Your work is driven and smart and funny. “No one in this world, so far as I know — and I have searched the records for years, and employed agents to help me — has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby.”

Skyline Spirit said...

pretty nice blog, following :)

adrian mckinty said...


Thats very very kind of you to say so. I appreciate it. Cheers mate.

Brendan O'Leary said...

Here you go:
Spotted yesterday

Hope that works.
Right up there between Val McDermid and Andy McNab (and Laura McHugh and whoever wrote the Wolf Creek tie-ins.)

the not-so-good news:
1. the shelf was very high as luck would have it. I'm 5'11" and was still craning to see it. Not exactly casual browsing territory

2. it was Melbourne Domestic so we're not exactly talking LHR or JFK

seana graham said...

As a former bookstore worker, face out is good, Brendan. And more than one volume faced out? Well, better.

adrian mckinty said...


I agree with Seana. Face out is good. I'll be at the airport on Sunday. Have to check that out.

Brendan O'Leary said...

I guess you're right Seana. I am somewhat involved in sales and marketing these days (i.e finding more work to keep our business going) and tend to be hypercritical. Not that they can be blamed for alphabetical order. Who decides face front - the bookshop local manager, or someone else?

Adrian, it's on your right as you head to Qantas gates 1-12.

I guess a prominent display among big names like Nesbo and McNab is no bad thing - it will lodge in the subconscious of the (tall) viewer.

seana graham said...

It probably depends on the bookstore who has the decision, but I'd guess an airport one has someone stocking them from elsewhere. Although I have seen some surprising indies in airports in my travels. There was a used store in I believe the Milwaukee airport that was quite impressive.

Tom and Linda said...

Got the audio version of In the Morning I'll be Gone from Amazon. Your reader is fabulous and it's every bit as good as the other two. Don't know why our U.S. reviewers haven't found you yet. It might be the paperback thing. I also asked at a local mystery bookstore and they said that their distributor didn't have it! I won't be going back there.

Brendan O'Leary said...

Spotted in Brisbane airport too - face out Sirens in the Street. The other books around it were similar to the shelf arrangement in Melbourne so I guess it's a chain thing. Somebody at "Watermark" books is pushing you Adrian!

Brendan O'Leary said...

Same layout in Sydney airport too. 2 latest McKintys face front, surrounded by McNab, McDermid, Nesbo etc.I guess it's a Watermark thing. Somebody there has decided that McKinty should be displayed prominently.

Wiki says Watermark is part of Newslink Pty Ltd which operates newsagents and bookstores in airports and railways stations across Australia and into SE Asia. B

adrian mckinty said...

Tom and Linda

So glad you like the audio. Doyle does a fantastic job doesnt he?

lil Gluckstern said...

I'm so happy for you. I was going to email Marilyn DiStasio, but she doesn't give one, and I'm not sure a humble reader that can make a difference. I keep plugging your books, but you are right. Other books are good fun, but what sell is clover and ivy covered cottages.

adrian mckinty said...


I've tried emailing and writing to and sending books to Marilyn Stasio. She doesnt dig my stuff.

The Pygmy Scribe said...

Americans (and I can say this because I am one) are sheep, glomming on to what the other guy "likes" and it snowballs from there.

Neville's The 12/Ghosts of Belfasts was reviewed seemingly by everyone/everywhere in the U.S. And as much as I liked Stuart's book, I was a bit perplexed as to why each novel in your Troubles trilogy didn't ripple through the American zeitgeist.

Not only are your books cracking good yarns filled with humor, they should resonate with front page news (as Gerry Adams finds himself in the Serious Crime Suite of Antrim's Hotel Karma),and with the Irish diaspora in the States.

As for the Stieg Larsson craze, go figure. Boring. Misogynistic. Silly.

This American pygmy scribe did what she could and reviewed In the Morning on Amazon.

Cheers, Marianne

adrian mckinty said...


Yup, are we the only 2 people in the world who see that about Stieg Larsson? He wants to have his cake and eat it too...The 4 page rape and torture is where I had to stop reading...

MANY thanks for the review. I really appreciate it!

Tom McGraw said...

So enjoy your work! I own the audio books and Gerard Doyle enhances what is brilliant writing. Can't get enough, thanks. Tom McGraw

adrian mckinty said...


Thanks mate, I dig your comment. I dont know if there's another Duffy book in me but I'll think of something...

Raeann Schurter said...

I first found your books on Amazon...have since purchased all of your adult novels on Audible (pre-ordered In the Morning)...and now when I do a search for "similar" novels on Amazon I get a listing of mostly Scandinavian authors - go figure. I was lucky to have a friend warn me that SL's books had a topic matter that I would find personally disturbing so have been spared those at least. I just downloaded "Laidlaw" and it is next in my queue. I find myself in the typical readers dilemma...please Mr. McKinty write FASTER!!! Of my favorite authors, "Falling Glass" is my favorite novel...even though I went thru a lot of Kleenex!

adrian mckinty said...


I liked FG too, but somehow it just didnt seem to connect with the rest of the world. (No US publisher wd take it and believe me we tried them all...)

Oh well. If 1, obviously sensible and well read individual, dug it thats enough for me!

Thank you