Crime

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The Cold, Cold Ground Adrian Mckinty, Allen & Un­win, $29.99 Prej­u­dice is at the heart of Melbourne-based Ir­ish­man Mckinty’s new de­tec­tive se­ries. It’s set in North­ern Ire­land in 1981, at the height of the sec­tar­ian vi­o­lence when IRA mem­ber Bobby Sands is on hunger strike. Sean Duffy is a Catholic de­tec­tive sergeant in the protes­tant po­lice force. What at first ap­pears to be an­other case of an in­former be­ing killed by the IRA be­comes the work of se­rial killer tar­get­ing ho­mo­sex­u­als. But the more Duffy digs the more things are not what they seem – and af­ter an in­ci­dent in a men’s toi­let, nei­ther is Duffy. The plot is in­tri­cate, but the in­ter­minably bleak back­drop of ri­ots, power cuts and gang­ster­ism dressed up as a no­ble cause be­gin to pall. Ian Or­chard

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