Photograph: Annie Armitage
Jane Casey is no stranger to the crime world. Married to a criminal barrister, she’s got the inside track on some of the country’s most dangerous offenders, giving her writing an unsettlingly realistic feel.
This authenticity has made her novels international bestsellers and critical successes. They have been nominated for several awards and in 2015 Jane won both the Mary Higgins Clark Award and Irish Crime Novel of the Year for The Stranger You Know and After the Fire, respectively. She is also an active member of Killer Women, a London-based group of crime writers.
Born in Dublin, Jane now lives in southwest London with her husband and two children.
Awards and Accolades:
Winner of The Edgar Award's Mary Higgins Clark Award 2015 for THE STRANGER YOU KNOW.
Winner of the Irish Book Award's Ireland AM Crime Novel of the Year Award for AFTER THE FIRE.
Winner of the Best Debut Fiction category at the Crimezone Thriller Awards 2011 for THE MISSING.
Shortlisted for the Irish Book Award's Crime Novel of the Year Awards in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014 for THE MISSING, THE RECKONING, THE STRANGER YOU KNOW and THE KILL respectively.
Shortlisted for the Edgar Award's Mary Higgins Clark Award 2013 for THE RECKONING.
Shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards 2016 Short Story Award for GREEN, AMBER, RED.
Longlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library Award 2013.
A murder without a body
Eighteen-year-old Chloe Emery returns to her West London home one day to find the house covered in blood and Kate, her mother, gone. There may not be a body, but everything else points to murder.
A girl too scared to talk
Maeve Kerrigan is young, ambitious and determined to prove she’s up to her new role as detective sergeant. She suspects Chloe is holding something back, but best friend Bethany Norris won’t let Maeve get close. What exactly is Bethany protecting Chloe from?
A detective with everything to prove
As the team dig deeper into the residents of Valerian Road, no one is above suspicion. All Maeve needs is one person to talk, but that’s not going to happen. Because even in a case of murder, some secrets are too terrible to share…
'A tremendously twisty, emotional read. I love Maeve Kerrigan – what a terrific series Jane Casey has created’ Sarah Hilary, author of the Top 10 bestseller Someone Else’s Skin
‘I loved it. I think Maeve Kerrigan is one of the most human, sympathetic characters in crime fiction; it has been fascinating to watch her develop as a person and a police officer over the course of this series. At the same time I think this book works brilliantly as a stand-alone thriller or a good introduction to Maeve and Derwent. Fans of intelligent police procedurals and meaty crime fiction are in for a real treat’ Sinead Crowley, bestselling author of Can Anybody Help Me (shortlisted for Irish Crime Novel of the Year)
Praise for Jane Casey:
"Astute, complex, layered - and very twisted. You'll remember this one for a long time." Lee Child
"Compulsive, menacing and moving - a very satisfying psychological thriller" Sophie Hannah
"Aims high, and doesn't miss. A complex plot, deftly handled; a good puzzle, dextrously unfolded; interesting characters, lots of tension, and a user-friendly style; this is a truly striking debut." Reginald Hill
"A remarkably compelling and convincing depiction of what it must be like to be caught up - first as a witness, then as more than that - in a police murder inquiry" Robert Goddard
"Jane Casey's police procedurals go from strength to strength." The Sunday Times
"The number of convincing police officers in crime fiction is a tiny squad but Maeve has the potential to be one of the few female members." Daily Telegraph
"This is a lively, gritty thriller. Every scene is well timed. The characters are quickly, expertly drawn... You will turn the pages fast, looking for every clue. I hadn't read Jane Casey before but I will read her again." Evening Standard
"Lock the doors before you start reading. Or go adopt a German shepherd." Dallas Morning News
"Casey...rarely puts a foot wrong in this enthralling example of a bait-and-switch novel... She’s a talent to watch." Irish Times
A "taut, tense thriller." Marie Claire
"A guaranteed nail biter. . . a compelling and horrifying account of being implicated in events beyond your control." Glamour
WINNER OF THE IRISH CRIME BOOK OF THE YEAR 2015
Arson, accident or murder?
After a fire rips through a North London tower block, two bodies are found locked in an 11th floor flat. But is the third victim that ensures the presence of detective Maeve Kerrigan and the murder squad. It appears that controversial MP Geoff Armstrong, trapped by the fire, chose to jump to his death rather than wait for rescue. But what was such a right wing politician doing in the deprived, culturally diverse Maudling Estate?
As Maeve and her senior colleague, Derwent, pick through the wreckage, they uncover the secret world of the 11th floor, where everyone seems to have something to hide…
COP KILLER STRIKES AGAIN!
The tabloid headlines are lurid but accurate. A killer is terrorising London but this time it is the police who are the targets. And Maeve Kerrigan and her boss Josh Derwent are clueless as to why.
But it will only be a matter of time before the murderer selects his next victim.
He meets women.
He gains their trust.
He kills them.
That's all Maeve Kerrigan knows about the man she is hunting. Three women have been strangled in their homes by the same sadistic killer. With no sign of a break-in, every indication shows that they let him in.
But the evidence is pointing at a shocking suspect: DI Josh Derwent, Maeve's colleague.
Maeve refuses to believe he could be involved, but how well does she really know him? Because this isn't the first time Derwent's been accused of murder.
The teenage girl was the first victim.
Her throat cut to the bone, she didn’t stand a chance. Her mother, at least, had time to fight back. Briefly.
Called to the crime scene in leafy Wimbledon, Maeve Kerrigan’s first thought is that this is a domestic dispute gone bad. But the husband is found lying bleeding and unconscious in an upstairs room. As a criminal barrister he insists he’s the third victim rather than their prime suspect, even if he’s a man who makes enemies easily.
The only other surviving family member is fifteen-year-old Lydia. She was the one to find her mother and twin sister’s bodies – and the only witness Maeve has.But she isn’t talking...
To the public, he’s a hero: a killer who targets convicted paedophiles.
Two men are dead already - tortured to death.
Even the police don’t regard the cases as a priority. Most feel that two dead paedophiles is a step in the right direction.
But to DC Maeve Kerrigan, no one should be allowed to take the law into their own hands. Young and inexperienced, Kerrigan wants to believe that murder is murder no matter what the sins of the victim. Only, as the killer’s violence begins to escalate, she is forced to confront exactly how far she’s prepared to go to ensure justice is served…
A serial killer who wants to watch you burn… The media call him The Burning Man, a brutal murderer who has beaten four young women to death, before setting their bodies ablaze in secluded areas of London’s parks. And now the fifth victim has been found… Maeve Kerrigan is an ambitious detective constable, keen to make her mark on the murder task force. Her male colleagues believe Maeve’s empathy makes her weak, but the more she learns about the latest victim, Rebecca Haworth, from her grieving friends and family, the more determined Maeve becomes to bring her murderer to justice. But how do you catch a killer no one has seen? And when so much of the evidence they leave behind has gone up in smoke?
Jenny Shepherd is twelve years old and missing...Her teacher, Sarah Finch, knows better than most that the chances of finding her alive are diminishing with every day she is gone. As a little girl her older brother had gone out to play one day and never returned. The strain of never knowing what has happened to Charlie had ripped Sarah's family apart. Now in her early twenties, she is back living at home, trapped with a mother who drinks too much and keeps her brother's bedroom as a shrine to his memory. Then, horrifically, it is Sarah who finds Jenny's body, beaten and abandoned in the woods near her home. As she's drawn into the police investigation and the heart of a media storm, Sarah's presence arouses suspicion too. But it not just the police who are watching her...
Random House Children's Books
Port Sentinel may be a beautiful seaside tourist trap, but in the short time Jess Tennant has lived there, it has seen its fair share of tragedy. Tragedy that somehow Jess keeps getting caught up in.
A schoolgirl from the town goes missing, leaving her diary behind and a lot of unanswered questions. Has she run away from her unhappy home or is there something much more sinister going on? And can Jess find her before it's too late?
Random House Children's Books
Jess Tennant has now been living in Port Sentinel for three months, and is just beginning to relax and think of it as home after the murderous events of the summer. But in the small hours of a dark night, a teenage boy is left for dead by the side of the road. Seb Dawson has a serious head injury and may not survive - and Jess decides to find out who beat him up, and why?
Random House Children's Books
When fifteen-year-old Freya drowns, everyone assumes she's killed herself, but no-one knows why. Her cousin, Jess Tennant, thinks she was murdered - and is determined to uncover the truth. On a summer visit to sleepy Port Sentinel, Jess (who bears a striking resemblance to her dead cousin) starts asking questions - questions that provoke strong reactions from her friends and family, not to mention Freya's enemies.
Film, TV & Theatre
Jane Casey is represented by Georgina Lewis for Dramatic Rights.