McKinty quit writing in 2017 after being evicted from his rented house, citing a lack of income from his novels, and instead took work as an Uber driver and a bartender.
In a late-night phone call, Salerno persuaded McKinty to write what would become The Chain. Salerno loaned the author (“advance on the advance”) $10,000 to help him survive financially during the process.
It’s a very intense book. As a parent, what would you do to get your child back?
“McKinty is one of the most striking and most memorable crime voices to emerge on the scene in years. His plots tempt you to read at top speed, but don’t give in: this writing — sharply observant, intelligent and shot through with black humor — should be savored.”— Tana French