Catherine Ryan Howard is an internationally bestselling crime writer from Cork, Ireland.
Her debut thriller, Distress Signals (2016) was an Irish Times and USA Today bestseller, and was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey/New Blood Dagger and Irish Crime Novel of the Year. The Irish Times hailed it ‘a highly confident and accomplished debut novel, impeccably sustained, with not a false note.’
The Liar’s Girl (2018) was a finalist for the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for Best Novel – an accolade previously won by Stephen King, Ian Rankin and Raymond Chandler – making her only the second Irish woman to be nominated for this award. It was named a Best Book of 2018 by the Irish Independent and Crime Time (UK), and a Best Audiobook of 2018 by Library Journal (USA). In May 2019, it was included in The Guardian’s list of 50 Great Thrillers by Women written since 1945.
Rewind (2019) debuted at No. 2 in the Irish bestseller chart and was shortlisted for Irish Crime Novel of the Year. Clerkenwell Films (Misfits, Lovesick, The End of the F***ing World) are currently developing it for the screen.
The Nothing Man, was published on both sides of the Atlantic in August 2020. Inspired by Catherine’s own experience of reading Michelle McNamara’s I’ll Be Gone in the Dark just days after Joseph James DeAngelo was arrested and charged with the Golden State Killer’s crimes, this novel is half a (fictional) true-crime memoir and half the killer’s reaction to it as he reads. It debuted at no. 1 in the Irish bestsellers chart and later became a no. 1 Kindle bestseller (UK). It was shortlisted for Irish Crime Novel of the Year and longlisted for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger.
Catherine’s next novel, 56 Days, a thriller about a couple locked down together in Dublin that Catherine wrote while she was locked down in Dublin, will be published on August 17 in the USA and August 19 in the UK/Ireland.
Previously, Catherine worked as an administrator for a travel company in the Netherlands and a front desk agent in a hotel in Walt Disney World, Florida. She was once obsessed with the idea of becoming a BSL4 virologist and she still hopes to be a NASA astronaut when she grows up. (She’s 38.) She’s a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and, alongside internationally bestselling authors Carmel Harrington and Hazel Gaynor, a founding member of The Inspiration Project.
Catherine is based in Dublin where she is binge-watching Netflix, drinking copious amounts of coffee and working on her next novel.
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