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Newcastle Noir - Panel 4 - German Hstorical Fiction £5/3

David Young worked for three decades as a journalist before becoming a full-time author. His debut novel Stasi Child, the first in a series of Cold War-era thrillers set in East Germany, was an official bestseller in the Bookseller’s Fiction chart and won the 2016 CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger. The follow-up novel Stasi Wolf was published earlier this year.

William Ryan’s chilling cold-war thrillers feature Captain Korolev and have been shortlisted for numerous awards, including the Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year and the New Blood. His latest novel The Constant Soldier has been described by A.L. Kennedy as a nuanced, complex and gripping tale of guilt and love that captures the chaos at the end of World War Two.

Luke McCallin has worked with the UN as a humanitarian relief worker and peacekeeper. His experiences have driven his writing and inspired an historical mystery series built around unlikely protagonist, Gregor Reinhardt, a German intelligence officer. The first two novels are set in Sarajevo during WWII. The third follows Reinhardt's return to his home city, now under Allied occupation, with a serial killer loose.

Kat Hall (chair) is the editor of Crime Fiction in German: Der Krimi (2016). She is also crime fiction reviewer at ‘The Mrs Peabody investigates’ blog.

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