Fifty Grand by Adrian McKinty

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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 Colorado mountain town

A man is killed in a hit-and-run on a frozen mountain road in the town of Fairview, Colorado. He is an illegal immigrant in a rich Hollywood resort community not unlike Telluride. No one is prosecuted for his death and his case is quietly forgotten.

Six months later another illegal makes a treacherous run across the border. Barely escaping with her life and sanity intact, she finds work as a maid with one of the employment agencies in Fairview. Secretly, she begins to investigate the shadowy collision that left her father dead.

The maid isn’t a maid. And she’s not Mexican, either. She’s Detective Mercado, a police officer from Havana, and she’s looking for answers: Who killed her father? Was it one of the smooth- talking Hollywood types? Was it a minion of the terrifying county sheriff? And why was her father, a celebrated defector to the United States, hiding in Colorado as the town ratcatcher?

Adrian McKinty’s live-wire prose crackles with intensity as we follow Mercado through the swells of emotion and violence that lead up to a final shocking confrontation.


About Adrian McKinty

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Adrian McKinty is the author of seven crime novels, including Dead I Well May Be (shortlisted for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award), Fifty Grand (the 2010 Spinetingler Award winner), and Falling Glass, and, most recently, The Cold Cold Ground. Born and raised in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, McKinty was called "the best of the new generation of Irish crime novelists" in the Glasgow Herald.

Author Residence: Melbourne, Australia

Author Hometown: Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland
Published January 1, 2009 by SERPENTS TAIL. 320 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction

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In FIFTY GRAND “McKinty offers a hard-edged noir about a female police detective from Cuba who travels illegally to Fairview, Colorado, hoping to make sense of her father’s death in an apparent hit-and-run on a frozen mountain road.

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Review: Adrian McKinty's meticulously plotted novel Fifty Grand is exceptionally well written and such a joy to read that it is ever so slightly disappointing that the author chose to populate it with stereotypical characters and end it on such a weak note.Cuban police officer "Maria" Mercado's f...

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Perhaps best known for his Forsthye trilogy (Dead I Well May Be, The Dead Yard, The Bloomsday Dead) McKinty is a versatile novelist who appears to have slipped easily into the skin of a female Cuban detective with the result that Mercado is a dynamic, believable character from page one.

Aug 18 2009 | Read Full Review of Fifty Grand

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Meanwhile, the search for the truth about her father leads Mercado to Jack Tyrone, a handsome and charismatic actor whose charms Mercado finds magnetic.

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