Adrian McKinty was born and grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He studied philosophy at Oxford University before moving to New York in the mid-1990s. His debut novel, Dead I Well May Be, was published in 2003 and was shortlisted for the Dagger Award and the Edgar Award.
In 2011, after moving to Australia with his wife and children, Adrian began publication of the critically acclaimed Sean Duffy series. In 2019, after becoming an Uber driver and nearly quitting writing, Adrian published the award-winning and #1 international bestseller The Chain, a standalone crime novel that appeared on over twenty-five major “best book of the year” lists, including that of Time.
Adrian’s books have been translated into over thirty languages and he has won the Edgar Award, the International Thriller Writers Award, the Ned Kelly Award (three times), the Anthony Award, the Barry Award, the Macavity Award, and the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award.