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This week on Behind the Bestseller, Sam Blake chats to Jane Casey.
Jane Casey is one of the strongest voices and most successful voices in Irish crime fiction – living in London but Irish to the core, she straddles both countries perfectly, bringing a gritty realism and authenticity to her character DS Maeve Kerrigan. Married to a criminal barrister, who also works as a Special Constable with the Metropolitan Police, she has a unique insight into the brutal underbelly of urban life, from the smell of a police cell to the darkest motives of a serial killer.
Her books are addictive international bestsellers and critical successes. Jane’s novel The Stranger You Know won the Mary Higgins Clark Award in the US and she has also been shortlisted for the Irish Crime Novel of the Year Award four times as well as the CWA Dagger in the Library Award. Her ninth police procedural, The Cutting Place is out now and has been acclaimed as her best yet, but where does she get her ideas from and how important it the chemistry between her characters?
With Sam Blake in Dublin and Jane Casey in London mid lockdown, find out Jane Casey’s tips to apply to your own bestseller.