Adrian McKinty is an Irish crime novelist and critic born in Northern Ireland. His debut crime novel, Dead I Well May Be, was published in 2003, and was the first in the Michael Forsythe Trilogy; since then he has published more than a dozen additional novels. He is the author of The Lighthouse Trilogy and the Sean Duffy Series. He is a winner of the Edgar Award, the Ned Kelly Award, the Barry Award, the Audie Award, the Anthony Award and has been shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award and the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière. In July 2019, he published The Chain despite having previously vowed to give up writing citing poor sales and financial hardship. The book entered both the The New York Times Best Seller list and The Sunday Times Bestseller List of books in Britain.