William Ryan’s acclaimed debut novel, The Holy Thief, is the first in a series of cases and adventures for Alexei Korolev, a detective working for the Moscow Criminal Investigation Division in 1930s Russia. The Holy Thief was a finalist for the 2010 Crime Writers’ Association John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger, and shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award and the 2011 Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. The Holy Thief was followed by the second Korolev novel, The Bloody Meadow, in 2011, and the third in the series, The Twelfth Department, in 2013. The Twelfth Department was shortlisted for the CWA Ellis Peters Dagger for historical crime fiction and also shortlisted for the Ireland AM Crime Book of the Year.
Bill’s books have now been translated into over a dozen languages. His latest book is a standalone Second World War thriller, The Constant Soldier, published to considerable acclaim in September 2016. A fourth Korolev is also under contract.
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The Twelfth Department
Moscow, 1937. Captain Korolev, a police investigator, is enjoying a long-overdue visit from his young son Yuri when an eminent scientist is shot dead within […]
The Bloody Meadow
Following his investigations in The Holy Thief, which implicated those at the very top of authority in Soviet Russia, Captain Alexei Korolev finds himself decorated […]