Michael Russell

About me

Michael Russell has written most of his life, mainly UK TV drama, including Midsomer Murders, A Touch of Frost. It started as a way to earn a living. He is finally doing what he was earning a living for: writing novels. The Stefan Gillespie series of historical crime novels (The City of Shadows, The City of Strangers) is set in Ireland and cities playing a part in WWII in the 30s and 40s: Danzig, New York, Lisbon, Madrid, Berlin, London, Rome. War and the rumour of war; an exploration of Ireland’s dark past and present; being neutral when there’s no neutrality; ordinary people dragged reluctantly into the darkness; a good yarn; the Wicklow Mountains (where Michael lives with his family); a detective who can, when not investigating crimes his superiors would rather he didn’t, milk a cow and shear a sheep! As well as the third Gillespie novel set in Franco’s 40s Spain projects include a translation of the Viennese satirist Karl Kraus’s vast play about World War I The Last Days of Mankind

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