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Fifty Grand

Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Subject: Fiction, Crime

Fifty Grand

Adrian McKinty

Cuban-American thriller from the author of The Bloomsday Dead

eBook (ePUB/MOBI)?
9781847652348 (9 Jul 2010)

About the book

Cuban cop Mercado has a score to settle, on behalf of a deadbeat dad, a 'traitor' who skipped free from Castro's control to set up a new life working illegally in Colorado. He settled in a ski resort popular with the Hollywood set, where the facade is maintained by the immigrant cleaners and labourers who work for below minimum wage while the local sheriff is bribed to turn a blind eye. Hernandez Snr.'s dreams of fortune and freedom came to a swift end when he was killed in a hit-and-run accident.

Sworn to avenge his death, Mercado has some obstacles to overcome - not least getting out of Cuba, where visas are as elusive as constant electricity.

Switching back and forth between heat-soaked Havana and the icy luxury of the mountainside resort, Fifty Grand is an audacious thriller from an acknowledged talent -- and an incendiary debut for a new hero.

'McKinty is one of Britain's great contemporary crime writers and the Sean Duffy books are his masterpiece.'

About the author

Adrian McKinty was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, and grew up at the height of the Troubles. He studied law, politics and philosophy at university. In the early 1990s he moved to New York City where he worked in bars, bookstores and building sites. He now lives in Melbourne, Australia. The first Sean Duffy novel The Cold Cold Ground won the 2013 Spinetingler Award, its sequel I Hear The Sirens In The Street was shortlisted for the 2013 Ned Kelly Award, and Sean Duffy Thriller #3, In the Morning I'll be Gone, won the 2014 Ned Kelly Award and was picked as one of the top 10 crime novels of 2014 by the American Library Association.


McKinty has long been purveying a blend of muscular lyricism in which collide the brutalities of the crime novel and a knowing, self-effacing literary style... an incendiary, adrenalin-fuelled thriller

- Declan Burke, Irish Independent

An intelligent novel of suspense about cultural identity... In trademark fashion, McKinty winds up his provocative tale with a violent and memorable final act

- Publishers Weekly

The talented McKinty does his usual first-rate job of making you like the characters he likes

- Kirkus Reviews

... his amazing novel. It has riveting mystery, politics of just about every shade, thrills on almost every page.. I've rarely read a novel that had it all - human and drug trafficking, Hollywood excesses, illegals, ferocious vengeance - but what I found most compulsive was the wondrous compassion of the book. It moved me in ways I never anticipated. This is going to be the BIG BOOK of 2009

- Ken Bruen

'A master of modern noir, up there with Lehane and Ellroy, Fifty Grand is a blast... showcasing McKinty's brutal lyricism'

- John O'Connell, Guardian

Additional Information

Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Subject: Fiction, Crime