Fifty Grand : A Novel of Suspense

Adrian McKinty

Paula Christensen (Narrator)

04-28-09

13hrs 55min

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04-28-09

13hrs 55min

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Fiction/Thrillers

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“He is a cross between Mickey Spillane and Damon Runyon—the toughest, the best. Beware of McKinty.” Frank McCourt, New York Times bestselling author

Winner of the 2010 Spinetingler Award for Best Novel
Longlisted for the 2011 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award

An illegal immigrant is killed in a hit-and-run on a frozen mountain road in the rich Hollywood resort town of Fairview, Colorado. No one is prosecuted for his death, and his case is quietly forgotten.

Six months later, posing as an illegal immigrant and working as a maid in Fairview, Havana police officer Detective Mercado begins to secretly investigate the shadowy collision that left her father dead. Who killed him? Was it one of the smooth-talking Hollywood types or 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?

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

Praise

“He is a cross between Mickey Spillane and Damon Runyon—the toughest, the best. Beware of McKinty.” Frank McCourt, New York Times bestselling author

“[McKinty is] a master of modern noir, up there with Dennis Lehane and James Ellroy…Fifty Grand is a blast: a standalone effort which again showcases McKinty’s brutal lyricism as well as his sensitivity to the indignities of the immigrant experience.” Guardian (London)

“Violence, a tightly wound plot, and suspense that leaves the heart pounding combine for a thrilling first-person story. The violence level is high, so this isn’t a book for everyone. The plot is complicated with real surprises, and the detective reacts to the violence she has to inflict to get what she wants with reservations, yet it’s possible to see what the brutality does to her psyche. All in all, a riveting book.” RT Book Reviews (4½ stars)

“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

“McKinty tightens the screws on his heroine effectively, forcing her into a classic noir conundrum from which there appears to be no escape. An impeccably constructed thriller supported by a cast of finely rounded, Elmore Leonard–like characters.” Booklist

“An unusual and innovative new thriller…Fifty Grand crackles with tension, surprising the reader again and again until its riveting conclusion.” BookPage

“The talented McKinty does his usual first-rate job of making you like the characters he likes.” Kirkus Reviews

“An abandoned daughter’s search for vengeance in the hit-and-run death of her father fires this action-filled mystery. Narrator Paula Christensen brings just enough of a Spanish accent to the feature role of Cuban police detective Mercado Suraz to be convincing without seeming overdone or forced. Christensen also masters the necessary variations in pace and intensity while navigating numerous flashbacks and scene changes. She is less adept, however, at portraying the male characters, especially at moments of high drama and emotion. Nonetheless, McKinty and Christensen offer the listener a story filled with strong characters, situations, and language. Fifty Grand is definitely worth the trip.” AudioFile

“Adrian McKinty has been blowing us out of the mystery water for quite some time now, but phew-oh, he has totally taken over the whole field with Fifty Grand...It has riveting mystery, politics of just about every shade, and thrills on almost every page...This is going to be the BIG BOOK of 2009.” Ken Bruen, author of The Guards and Once Were Cops

“McKinty and Christensen offer the listener a story filled with strong characters, situations, and language. Fifty Grand is definitely worth the trip.” AudioFile

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Language English
Release Day Apr 27, 2009
Release Date April 28, 2009
Release Date Machine 1240876800
Imprint Blackstone Publishing
Provider Blackstone Publishing
Categories Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Mystery, Women Sleuths, New Additions, New Additions
Author Bio
Adrian McKinty

Adrian McKinty was born and grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland, during the Troubles. His father was a welder in Harland and Wolff—the shipyard where they built the Titanic; his mother was a school lunch lady and secretary. Adrian went to Oxford University on a full scholarship where he studied philosophy. 

Emigrating first to America and then Australia he found work as a door-to-door salesman, a driver, a bookstore clerk, a barman, a high school English teacher, and a semipro rugby player. 

His debut crime novel, Dead I Well May Be, was shortlisted for the 2004 Dagger Award and was optioned by Universal Pictures. He is the author of more than a dozen crime novels that have been translated into over forty languages. He has won the Edgar Award, the Anthony Award, the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award, the Barry Award, the Macavity Award, the International Thriller Writers Award, and is a three-time winner of the Ned Kelly Award.  

His 2020 novel The Chain was a New York Times bestseller and appeared on twenty-five best-of-the-year lists. His 2022 novel The Island was an instant New York Times bestseller and made five best-of-the-year lists including those of the London Times and the New York Times

Adrian is a member of the Linnean Society and the National Audubon Society. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.  

Narrator Bio
Paula Christensen

Paula Christensen was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and raised in the suburbs of New York City. She studied acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Michael Howard Studios in New York City, and the Antaeus Company. Christensen is a graduate of Amherst College, where she received her BA with honors in theater, dance, and anthropology. She currently resides in Los Angeles, where she teaches dance and continues to work on both stage and screen.

Overview

Winner of the 2010 Spinetingler Award for Best Novel
Longlisted for the 2011 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award

An illegal immigrant is killed in a hit-and-run on a frozen mountain road in the rich Hollywood resort town of Fairview, Colorado. No one is prosecuted for his death, and his case is quietly forgotten.

Six months later, posing as an illegal immigrant and working as a maid in Fairview, Havana police officer Detective Mercado begins to secretly investigate the shadowy collision that left her father dead. Who killed him? Was it one of the smooth-talking Hollywood types or 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?

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