William Ryan's first novel, The Holy Thief, was shortlisted for a Crime Writer's Association New Blood Dagger, a Barry Award, The Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award and The Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. His second novel, The Bloody Meadow was shortlisted for the Ireland AM Crime Novel of the Year and his third, The Twelfth Department, was also shortlisted for the Ireland AM Crime Novel of the Year as well as the CWA's Historical Fiction Dagger. His latest novel, The Constant Soldier, was described as "a modern classic by a master storyteller" in The Lancashire Evening Post and has been shortlisted for the HWA Gold Crown and the CWA's Steel Dagger. He lectures on creative writing at the University of East Anglia. Visit www.william-ryan.com for more information.