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William Ryan


William Ryan

William Ryan is the author of THE HOLY THIEF, which was a Barry Award Nominee for Best First Novel and shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. Born in London, Ryan attended Trinity College, Dublin and completed his Masters in Creative Writing at St. Andrews University. THE DARKENING FIELD is his second novel.

William Ryan

Books by William Ryan

by William Ryan - Fiction, Historical Mystery, Mystery

Captain Alexei Korolev has his own room in an apartment, a job in the police force that puts food on the table, and his good health. But for the first time in a long time, Korolev is about to be truly happy: his son Yuri is coming to visit for an entire week. Shortly after Yuri’s arrival, an important man has been murdered, and Korolev is the only detective they’re willing to assign to this sensitive case. Korolev is suddenly faced with much more than just discovering a murderer’s identity; he must decide how far he’ll go to see justice served . . . and what he’s willing to do to protect his family.

by William Ryan - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Mystery

It is 1937, and Captain Alexei Korolev of Criminal Investigation Division of the Moscow Militia is bound for Odessa after the suspicious suicide of a loyal young party member who supposedly had an illicit intimate relationship with the party director. 

by William Ryan - Fiction, Mystery

In 1936, Stalin’s Great Terror is beginning in Moscow. In a deconsecrated church, a young woman is found dead, her mutilated body displayed on the alter for all to see. Captain Alexei Korolev investigates, and finds himself in a dark Soviet underworld.