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William Ryan - Author

William Ryan is an Irish writer, living in London - having worked as a lawyer in the City for a number of years. In his spare time, he wrote on an occasional basis for television and film before completing a Masters in Creative Writing at St Andrews University in 2005.

His 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.

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If you like William Ryan you might also like to read books by Robert Harris, Martin Cruz-Smith and Robert Wilson.

Featured Books, with extracts, by William Ryan

The Bloody Meadow by William Ryan
The Bloody Meadow
William Ryan
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 and hailed as an example to all Soviet workers.
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/04/2014
The Twelfth Department Korolev Mysteries Book 3 by William Ryan
The Twelfth Department Korolev Mysteries Book 3
William Ryan
This is the third in Ryan’s fantastic series set in Stalin’s Russia in the 1930s and featuring Captain Korolev. Fans of the series will enjoy discovering more about Korolev as well as the impressive detail of the period and the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/04/2014
The Holy Thief by William Ryan
The Holy Thief
William Ryan
One of our Debuts of the Year 2011. March 2011 Debut of the Month. The Holy Thief brilliantly evokes a society that has broken down and rules of human behaviour that...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/03/2011
The Holy Thief by William Ryan
The Holy Thief
William Ryan
CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Finalist 2010. CWA Judges’ comments: 'This book gives the reader a powerful evocation of Stalin’s Russia where the need for unequivocal compliance with the new regime contrast with the optimism based on...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/05/2010

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