Chain reaction: Belfast author Adrian McKinty on the stroke of luck that saved his career

Chain reaction: Belfast author Adrian McKinty on the stroke of luck that saved his career
Adrian McKinty: ‘People tell you to follow your dreams, but they don’t tell you what to do when it goes wrong’ Pic: James Braund

After eviction and financial reality hit him and his family hard, Belfast-born novelist Adrian McKinty was about to give up writing. Then fate, an agent and Stephen King intervened

Adrian McKinty’s life story reads like the stuff of a blockbuster novel – and even as he’s telling it, the author sounds vaguely amazed about everything that has happened to him.

McKinty is the author of The Chain, the novel that is lighting up bestseller charts around the world. But not so long ago, things were very different.

Having grown up in Belfast, McKinty had published several detective novels set in the North, which...

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