Adrian McKinty

Adrian McKinty is the author of Dead I Well May Be, The Dead Yard, and The Bloomsday Dead. He lives in Melbourne, Australia.

Adrian McKinty

Official Sites

Sign Up for
Author Updates

Macmillan Newsletter

Sign up to receive information about new books, author events, and special offers.

Sign up now

Author on the Web

Adrian McKinty

Official Sites


Q & A

Where are you from?
I’m from Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Who are your favorite writers?
Too many to list here but I’ll try. Dead: Herodotus, Tacitus, Cicero, Seneca, Montaigne, Jane Austen, Emily Bronte, Melville, Baudelaire, Flaubert, Graham Greene, Evelyn Waugh, Chandler, Hammett, Hemingway, Joyce, Woolf, Faulkner, PK Dick, Angela Carter. Living: Thomas Pynchon, James Ellroy, Cormac McCarthy, Don Dellilo, Salman Rushdie, Zadie Smith, Ken Bruen, Donna Tartt, Alan Moore, JG Ballard et alia.

Which book/books have had the biggest influence on your writing?
The Great Gatsby, Decline and Fall, Ulysses, The Big Sleep, Red Harvest, As I Lay Dying, The Glass Key, For Whom The Bell Tolls, The Maltese Falcon, The Sun Also Rises.

What are your hobbies and outside interests?
I go surfing and I play rugby.

What is the single best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?
"If you’re arrested in New York ask the arresting officer if you can make this a ‘desk appearance’ rather than going to Central Booking (and ulimately Rikers)."

What is your favorite quote?
"Times are bad, children disobey their parents and everyone is writing a book." - Cicero

What is the question most commonly asked by your readers? What is the answer?
Q: "Where do you get your ideas from?"
A: "I have no bloody clue."

What inspired you to write your first book?
I lived in Harlem for six years and I had accumulated a lot of material about the characters I worked and lived with and I needed an outlet for it.

Where do you write?
Usually the public library.


by the author

Fifty Grand

Adrian McKinty
Henry Holt and Co.

This knockout punch of a thriller from a critically acclaimed author follows a young Cuban detective’s quest for vengeance against her father’s killer in a...

Available In:



Latest Blog Posts

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 8:45:06 AM
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 2:00:00 PM
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 12:00:00 PM

Latest on Facebook

Latest on Twitter