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William Ryan is an Irish writer living and working in West London. He studied law in Trinity College, Dublin, and worked as a barrister in London. In his free time, he wrote on an occasional basis for television and film but he decided to take writing more seriously. He completed a Masters on Creative Writing at St Andrews University in 2005 and became a full-time writer. He has a series of novels set in Stalinist Russia in which Captain Alexei Korolev of the Criminal Investigation Division of the Moscow Militia investigates different crimes against a context of terror and paranoia. His first Korolev novel, The Holy Thief, was shortlisted for the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year, The Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award, The CWA John Creasy New Blood Dagger and a Barry Award. His second Korolev novel, The Bloody Meadow, was shortlisted for the Ireland AM Irish Crime Novel of the Year. In his webpage (http://www.william-ryan.com/), Ryan provides interesting information about the Soviet Union in the 1930s.