Michael Russell read English at Oxford before spending three years working in farming in North Devon, trying to get someone to pay him to write. He worked for Yorkshire Television as a script editor, on Emmerdale Farm, working his way up to Series Producer. He also spent several years in the Drama Department, first as Script Consultant then Producer, before leaving ITV to write full-time. He was a regular contributor to Midsommer Murders and scripted the last ever Touch of Frost which topped the ratings. He lives in Ireland with his family, where he is doing what he always wanted to do, writing novels.
`Complex but compelling ... utterly vivid and convincing ...Michael Russell's style is a pleasure: easy, fluent, clear, always calm and never over-heated. The result is an exciting comfort read, which sounds like a paradox but isn't' (INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY)
`Part thriller and part historical novel, this is a blinder of a read!' (SUN)
Praise for City of Shadows:
`A superb, atmospheric thriller...A page turner of high quality, populated by a marvellous set of fictional characters, interwoven cleverly with real characters of the era. Highly recommended' (Irish Independent)
`A great insight into a turbulent time in Dublin and Ireland, in a challenging-to-your-heartbeat kind of way' (Evening Herald)
`In action ranging from Dublin to Danzig Russell has drawn on real-life Irish characters whose decent behaviour in the face of the impending Holocaust has been sadly lost over the years. This book has triumphantly revived their reputation' (Jewish Chronicle)
`This is a sterling debut not to be rushed, but to be savoured' (www.crimesquad.com)