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William Ryan

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William Ryan is an Irish writer living in London. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin and the University of St Andrews and worked as a lawyer before taking up writing full-time. His first novel, THE HOLY THIEF, was shortlisted for the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year, The Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award, The CWA John Creasy New Blood Dagger and a Barry Award. His second novel, THE BLOODY MEADOW, was shortlisted for the Ireland AM Irish Crime Novel of the Year, as was his next - THE TWELFTH DEPARTMENT. THE TWELFTH DEPARTMENT was also shortlisted for the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger, The Ireland AM Irish Crime Novel of the Year and named one of The Guardian's crime novels of the year. William lives in London with his wife and s ...more

Quite a busy summer coming up and please do come and say hello if you're near to any of these events:

11/04/15 and 12/04/15 – Guardian Writing History with Alex von Tunzelmann


23/4/15 Writing Russia at Paddington Library (World Book Night) A conversation with Francis Spufford, Vanora Bennett and Peter Higgins.


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Average rating: 3.76 · 1,816 ratings · 327 reviews · 3 distinct works · Similar authors
The Holy Thief (Captain Ale...
3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 1,193 ratings — published 2010 — 25 editions
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The Darkening Field (Captai...
3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 377 ratings — published 2011 — 18 editions
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 247 ratings — published 2013 — 13 editions
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The Holy Thief The Darkening Field The Twelfth Department
Captain Alexei Dimitrevich Korolev (3 books)
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The April/ May 2015 Group Read Poll

He voted for: Bruno, Chief Of Police
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"Moscow Militia detective becomes a pawn in NKVD power play when he investigates the murder of an important scientist is 1937."
The Twelfth Department by William   Ryan
"I'm wondering how much longer this series can go. I'd like it to go forever, but as Stalin died in 1953, there is a finite limit."
The Twelfth Department by William   Ryan
"The Twelfth Department is the third in William Ryan’s Captain Korolev series set in 1930s Russia. His previous novels in the series, The Holy Thief and The Bloody Meadow have between them been shortlisted for a range of fabulous awards including t..." Read more of this review »
Mar / Apr 2015 Group Read

He voted for: The Skeleton Road
" Vikas wrote: "Will wait for a version I can hold in my hands"

Let me know if you enjoy it, Vikas!

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