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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810984202
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810984202
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,614,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Adrian McKinty is the author of many books, including the Lighthouse trilogy. He was born and raised in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. Educated at Oxford University, he then immigrated to New York City. He has lived and taught high school in Denver and now lives in Melbourne, Australia.

Customer Reviews

It was hard to follow and kept me from really connecting with ANY of the characters.
Melanie McCullough
Danny's mom is just as cliched and is barely a presence in the story up to the point where I stopped reading (about 100 pages in).
Donna C
I wanted to see more dramatic things happen, but instead I felt that things just seemed to click into place a little too easy.
Krista Cubicleblindness

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Fifteen-year-old Danny Lopez has never been a model student at his Las Vegas school. Caring more about skateboarding than studying, his mom, Juanita, and his stepdad, Walt, hope that the move to Colorado will be good for him academically. Juanita has been offered the job of managing a new casino on the Ute Indian Reservation, so Danny finds himself in the small town of Cobalt, near Colorado Springs. Shortly after moving into their new house, Danny meets Antonia "Tony" Meadows, a pretty but quirky girl his age who lives across the street and warns him that the school he is going to attend, Cobalt Junior High Charter School, is different than what he's used to. On his first day, Danny learns just how different CJHCS is. The principal, Mr. Lebkuchen, has instituted the Direct Instruction method, which requires that teachers and students follow a script throughout the school day, and forbids any communication between students of any kind on school grounds. Everyone at CJHCS must also wear stifling uniforms complete with white gloves. Tony introduces Danny to her friends, and he soon learns that the students at CJHCS have other methods of communication besides talking. Just as Danny thinks things couldn't get any stranger, however, he learns that several housecats in Cobalt have gone missing, only to turn up days later ritualistically mutilated. Danny also starts receiving unsettling and cryptic letters from someone named "Indrid Cold," and they seem to be tied to the cat killings. Convinced that there is a serial killer in Cobalt, Danny and his friends decide to find out who the killer is, before they begin murdering people instead of cats.

Quirky and unique, this tale from veteran crime novelist, Adrian McKinty, is certainly not for everyone, but will definitely prove interesting to many.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Melanie McCullough on October 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Okay, since this was a DNF this review will be short. I'm simply going to state my reasons for not completing the book.

1) There was too much head-hopping. This book randomly switched perspective in the middle of scenes. In the very first chapter it went from the killer's point of view to the cat's. And it didn't stop there. I'd be following along with Danny and then all of a sudden be inside his stepfather's or his mother's head. It was hard to follow and kept me from really connecting with ANY of the characters.

2) Characters were flat. I got a hundred pages in and I still had no sense of who the characters were, nor did I care what happened to them.

3) Dialogue was unrealistic. For me, this book just never really captured the YA voice. The dialogue and Danny's internal thoughts seemed more like those of an adult.

Overall, the book just wasn't for me. I know some people have raved about it, but I can't recommend it.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lacey Williams on October 5, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
First Thoughts:

Okay, I went into reading this book knowing nothing about the author or much of the story itself. The first chapter really freaked me out, I mean describing in detail of the mind of a serial killer?! I mean come on, that's bound to freak anyone out. This was definately a strange book, the characters were too easily placed and seemed to get over these terrible incidents quite quickly and they forgave way too easily. But despite that it was interesting read and only took me about a day to read.


Danny has just moved to Colorado where he is sent to this experimental school where no one is allowed to speak, and you had a strict schedule. A very controlled environment. Where secret socities blossomed and kids were vicious in their own ways. A very out of the ordinary school, controlled by one person.

Danny thinks its bad enough he's had to move here from Las Vegas but soon he becomes wrapped up in a mystery where cats are being killed and he fears for his own cat Jeffery. But soon enough he slowly gets close to the one who is responisble and puts his own life at risk. He'll have to step up his game if he expects to make it out of this alive.

Last thoughts:

Though I didn't particulary enjoy this book, it doesn't mean you won't. I say give it a chance and see what you think of it. Everyone's different. But I was totally creeped out and the secret ingrediant to the hot chocolate in this book, well let's just say I won't be having any hot chocolate anytime soon.
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By Laci Crawford on May 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
First I have to tell you how big of a sucker I am for books like this one. I love everything about these types of books. I love the mystery to them, the hardship between the characters, and the suspense in the story! Your classic page turner.

Danny Lopez is the kid in town. But he is not moving to New York City, Seattle, or L.A. He is moving to a very little town just outside Denver, Colorado. And what is in this small town....nothing. Well not nothing, because he is moving there with his mom and step-dad because they are building a new casino and his mom is going to be the manager there. Some think that this is wrong but really don't do anything about it. Well while Danny is here he should make the best of it. He becomes friends with the girl next door and a couple guys down the road. They all go to the same school. This school is not like other schools though. This school has a very strict policy. There rules are: they can not talk while school is in session, they have to where white gloves so they know if you have been doing something that you are not supposed to do, and they learn from scripts providing from the state. But during this time a series of events start to happen. Cats start coming up missing and then come up murdered. What is happening in this small town?

At first when if first started to read this book I thought to myself what is going on? The book started off with a really neat story. The main character goes to a school that is very strict and meets a group of friends that become some of his best friends. Hey it could happen. It does in most books. While at the school Danny befriends the principle by accident. I think he just felt somewhat comfortable with the principle. But things change and this is going to be one of them.
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More About the Author

I was born and grew up in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. I studied law at Warwick University and politics and philosophy at Oxford University. In the early 90's I emigrated to New York City where I worked in bars, building sites and bookstores for seven years before moving to Denver, Colorado to become a high school English teacher. In 2008 I moved again, this time to Melbourne, Australia with my wife and kids.

My first Sean Duffy novel, The Cold Cold Ground, won the 2013 Spinetingler Award.

The second Sean Duffy novel, I Hear The Sirens In The Street, won the 2014 Barry Award.

In The Morning I'll Be Gone (Sean Duffy #3) won the 2014 Ned Kelly Award and was picked as one of the top 10 crime novels of 2014 by the American Library Association.

British/Irish newspaper reviews for Duffy#3, In The Morning I'll Be Gone:

A locked room mystery within a manhunt killer [is] a clever and gripping set-up that helps makes Duffy's third outing easily his best so far.
The Sunday Times

Not content with constructing a complex plot, McKinty further wraps his story around a deliciously old-fashioned locked room mystery, the solution to which holds the key to Duffy's entire investigation. Driven by McKinty's brand of lyrical, hard-boiled prose, leavened by a fatalistic strain of the blackest humour, In the Morning I'll Be Gone is a hugely satisfying historical thriller.
The Irish Times

[A] superb trilogy reaches its finality...The hunt for [Duffy's quarry] begins and ends spectacularly. McKinty is particularly convincing in painting the political and social backdrops to his plots. He deserves to be treated as one of Britain's top crime writers.
The Times

An action movie view of the Troubles...a fast and thrilling ride from the reliably excellent McKinty.
The Mail On Sunday

It's a sad day for fans of Adrian McKinty's smart 1980s-set procedurals featuring mordantly charismatic Belfast cop Sean Duffy. Not because his latest, In the Morning I'll Be Gone is any sort of let-down, but because it concludes what has been a hugely enjoyable trilogy. In some ways, Duffy resembles Iain Banks's young male heroes - crass and impetuous, but also wickedly funny and capable of an intense, redeeming empathy.
The Guardian

This is the third in the series and, for me, the best, for it contains a locked room mystery at the heart of a drama about a major terrorist escape from the Maze prison, Belfast in 1983. Written in spare, razor-sharp prose, and leading up to a denouement that creeps up on you and then explodes like a terrorist bomb, it places McKinty firmly in the front rank of modern crime writers.
The Daily Mail

An older, more sobered Duffy, still unconventional and willing to take chances, but more reflective, more Sherlock Holmes. His growing maturity results in fewer bedroom scenes but there is plenty of excitement and suspense elsewhere in this intelligent and gripping yarn.
The Irish Independent

Sardonic Belfast cop Sean Duffy [in] another terrific Troubles-set thriller 4.5/5
The Sun

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