Jane Casey

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Crime is a family affair for Jane Casey. Married to a criminal barrister, 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. This gritty realism has made her books international bestsellers and critical successes; while Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan has quickly become one of the most popular characters in crime fiction.

Winner of the Mary Higgins Clark Award for The Stranger You Know, Jane has been shortlisted four times for the Irish Crime Novel of the Year Award and longlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library Award. She is a top ten Sunday Times bestselling author and THE KILLING KIND was a Richard and Judy pick for spring 2022.

Awards and Accolades

Winner of the Edgar Award's Mary Higgins Clark Award 2015 for THE STRANGER YOU KNOW.

Winner of the Irish Book Awards' Crime Novel of the Year Award for AFTER THE FIRE and CRUEL ACTS.

Winner of the Best Debut Fiction category at the Crimezone Thriller Awards 2011 for THE MISSING.

Shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards' Crime Novel of the Year Awards in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2017 and 2019 for THE MISSING, THE RECKONING, THE STRANGER YOU KNOW, THE KILL, LET THE DEAD SPEAK. 

Shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards 2016 Short Story Award for GREEN, AMBER, RED.

Shortlisted for the Edgar Award's Mary Higgins Clark Award 2013 for THE RECKONING.

Shortlisted for the Dead Good Reader Awards 2017 in the Best Police Procedural category for LET THE DEAD SPEAK.

Shortlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library Award in 2020.

Longlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library Award 2013.

Longlisted for Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year in 2020 for CRUEL ACTS

Longlisted for Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year in 2021 for THE CUTTING PLACE

 

THE KILLING KIND (HarperCollins)

NUMBER ONE IRISH BESTSELLER

RICHARD AND JUDY PICK

He tells you you’re special…
As a barrister, Ingrid Lewis is used to dealing with tricky clients, but no one has ever come close to John Webster. After defending Webster against a stalking charge, he then turned on Ingrid – following her, ruining her relationship, even destroying her home.
 
He tells you he wants to protect you…
Now, Ingrid believes she has finally escaped his clutches. But when one of her colleagues is run down on a busy London road, Ingrid is sure she was the intended victim. And then Webster shows up at her door…
 
But can you believe him?
Webster claims Ingrid is in danger – and that only he can protect her. Stalker or saviour? Murderer or protector? The clock is ticking for Ingrid to decide. Because the killer is ready to strike again.

Praise for THE KILLING KIND:

'Nobody understands the dark gap between justice and the law better than Jane Casey' - Val McDermid, the no. 1 bestseller

The Killing Kind is a truly masterly thriller - a perfect standalone novel which pits one woman against a gallery of foes, whether real or imagined. I keep thinking that Jane Casey can’t get any better, but she exceeds expectations every time.  Fasten your seatbelts, this is going to be a bumpy read’ - Liz Nugent, bestselling author of Lying in Wait

‘As a former barrister I found the details of life at the bar vividly rendered and accurate down to the obligatory wheelie bag. Behind the rituals of court and wig and gown there’s always the potential for danger in criminal trials, and Casey exploits this brilliantly in this tense and well-plotted novel. I loved it!’ - Harriet Tyce, bestselling author of Blood Orange

'A fast-paced thriller set against a world of courtroom drama, filled with suspense and intrigue. A brilliant new standalone from Jane Casey and a must-read’ - Jo Spain, bestselling author of Dirty Little Secrets

‘Authentic, tense, thrilling and completely engrossing… MASTERLY’ - Will Dean

‘WHAT a treat you have in store ... it’s a courtroom drama wrapped in a superb thriller wrapped in a love letter to London’ - Sinead Crowley

‘A brilliant, breathless game of cat-and-mouse as Jane Casey brings her trademark authenticity to the London legal world. Fans of the Maeve Kerrigan series will love it.’ - Erin Kelly

'Dripping with tension and intrigue, The Killing Kind is one of those 'just one more page' books that you cannot put down. With a fabulous protagonist that you can't fail to root for, and a twisted relationship reminiscent of Starling and Lecter, this is a book that is going to blast Casey to another level.' - Susi Holliday, author of The Last Resort

‘From the first page I knew this was going to be a fantastic read - and I wasn't wrong. It's breathtakingly brilliant in every way - emotionally vivid, realistic and exceptionally clever’ - Elizabeth Haynes, author of Into the Darkest Corner

'The Killing Kind is a serpentine tale of grief, guilt and punishment. Brilliantly told with Jane's signature attention to psychology, it delivers heart-stopping twists and a seriously satisfying ending.' - Sarah Hillary

'Jane Casey is one of my favourite writers and The Killing Kind is her best yet: so fast, so clever, so compelling' - Dervla McTiernan

"A taut, compelling thriller which explores the psychological torment of being stalked and the remorseless sadism of the stalker… Set in a vividly realised London world of chambers and law courts transformed by fear into a sinister place of shadows, dangers and stalkers where nothing feels safe and there is no-one you can trust… A complex thriller in which each twist tightens the screw of fear and distrust” – J.R. Ellis

 “Thoroughly impressed by #TheKillingKind. Its intriguing premise (what if your stalker was the only one you could trust?) is only the beginning of its charms. Endlessly surprising, impeccably plotted and hugely satisfying. @JaneCaseyAuthor is a master and I'M JEALOUS. Out May.” - Catherine Ryan Howard

 ‘This new standalone by Jane Casey is SUCH a brilliant, satisfying, perfectly-paced-and-plotted read – coming May 27th 2021. Mark your diaries well!’ - Lucy Mangan

‘Extremely tense and very gripping with a killer “what if”: your stalker claims to be the only person who can save you - what if this time he’s telling the truth’ - Ruth Ware

'A perfectly-written thriller, engrossing and compulsive.  The plotting's immaculate - twisty and unexpected, with some great surprises - but the writing's so good that the reader never gets lost.' - Ann Cleeves

'Cool, accomplished, compulsive' - Cara Hunter

'I've just gulped down, and been utterly distracted by, The Killing Kind - it's a masterclass in plotting, and you have that magic touch that keeps pages flipping and hearts racing.' - Lucy Atkins

‘I was impressed by the intricate and sustained plotting, and the authenticity- so many tiny details nailed down made for total immersion in the story.  It was good to escape from into lockdown  into a  sucn a  fully formed  legal world and the terror of being stalked through the streets felt very present, very real’ - Jane Shemilt, Bestselling author of Daughter

'A deliciously taut and cunning exercise in how to write a near perfect crime novel.' - Sarra Manning, Red

‘I stayed up far too late two nights on the trot turning the pages of this addictive crime thriller’ - Nina Pottell, Prima

‘Jane Casey constructs an intense, action-packed mystery out of emails, court documents and newspaper articles. A brilliant game of Is-He-Or-Isn’t-He?’ - Mark Sanderson, The Times

'Electrifying.' - Lisa Howells, CrimeScreen

'I loved it. An utterly compelling tale of obsession, justice and revenge. And it’s a standalone, so the perfect intro to Jane’s writing' - Mark Edwards

‘Tense, pacy, addictive, with a great sense of place and an intriguing premise: what if your stalker was the only person you could trust?’ Sarah Vaughan, bestselling author of ANATOMY OF A MURDER

'Outstandingly good' - The Mirror

'Casey keeps readers guessing with a heart-in-mouth story that delves into some murky places... A twisting story that builds to a strong conclusion' - Good Reading Magazine

'Creepily good thriller' - Daily Mail

'Jane Casey constructs an intense, action-packed mystery out of emails, court documents and newspaper articles. A brilliant game of Is-He-Or-Isn’t-He?' - The Times

'A super-slippery thriller, with a wonderfully creepy villain' - Best magazine

Fiction

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2020

HarperCollins

Everyone's heard the rumours about elite gentlemen's clubs, where the champagne flows freely, the parties are the height of decadence . . . and the secrets are darker than you could possibly imagine. DS Maeve Kerrigan finds herself in an unfamiliar world of wealth, luxury and ruthless behaviour when she investigates the murder of a young journalist, Paige Hargreaves. Paige was working on a story about the Chiron Club, a private society for the richest and most privileged men in London. Then she disappeared. It's clear to Maeve that the members have many secrets. But Maeve is hiding secrets of her own – even from her partner DI Josh Derwent. Will she uncover the truth about Paige’s death? Or will time run out for Maeve first?

2019

HarperCollins

Guilty?

A year ago, Leo Stone was convicted of murdering two women and sentenced to life in prison. Now he’s been freed on a technicality, and he’s protesting his innocence.

Not guilty?

DS Maeve Kerrigan and DI Josh Derwent are determined to put Stone back behind bars where he belongs, but the more Maeve digs, the less convinced she is that he did it.

The wrong decision could be deadly…
Then another woman disappears in similar circumstances. Is there a copycat killer, or have they been wrong about Stone from the start?

2017

HarperCollins

In the chilling new crime novel from award-winning author Jane Casey, Detective Maeve Kerrigan and the murder squad must navigate a web of lies to discover the truth…
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.
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?
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…

2015

Ebury

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…

2014

Ebury Press

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.

2013

Ebury Pres

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.

2012

Ebury Press

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...

2011

Ebury Press

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…

2011

Ebury Press

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?

2010

Ebury Press

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 is not just the police who are watching her...

Children's

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2015

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?

2014

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?
As she investigates, Jess discovers that Seb was involved in some very dangerous games. A secret predator around girls, he would do whatever it took to abuse them, from lying and blackmail to spiking drinks. Could a group of vengeful victims be behind his attack? Or is there someone else with a grudge against Seb and who will stop at nothing to silence him

2013

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.
Everyone is hiding something - and Freya herself had more than her fair share of secrets. Can Jess unravel the mystery of her cousin's death? A mystery involving a silver locket, seething jealousy and a cliff-top in the pitch black of night?