Adrian McKinty grew up in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. After studying at Oxford University he moved to New York, working in bars, bookstores and building sites. In 2000 he relocated to Denver, Colorado where he taught high school English and began writing fiction. His debut Dead I Well May Be  was shortlisted for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award, while Fifty Grand  won the 2010 Spinetingler Award and was longlisted for the 2011 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. His most recent work was Falling Glass . In 2009 Adrian moved to Melbourne, Australia with his wife and two children.