A crime author with an Isle of Wight writing base has just signed a six-figure deal for 3 new books in his East German-set crime thriller series – and has celebrated by buying an East German police car.
David Young, who lives in Twickenham but has a caravan in Bembridge as a writing base, published the first in the series, Stasi Child, last year.
The novel has been sold in 10 territories round the world, selling more than 50,000 copies, and reaching the official paperback top 20 in the UK. It won the Crime Writers’ Association History Dagger for the best historical crime novel of the year and was long-listed for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year.
The second book in the series, Stasi Wolf, is set to be published on 9th February. The new deal means he will have 5 books under contract with the British subsidiary of Swedish publishers Bonnier. The third novel – due in 2018 – was written almost entirely on the island.
The novels feature the struggles of female murder squad head Karin Müller, whose People’s Police team finds itself up against the feared East German secret police – the Stasi – as well as murderers and villains.
As part of his promotional efforts, Mr Young has just bought an old East German Wartburg estate, and is converting it into an authentic-looking Volkspolizei squad car. He’s already added logos and resprayed the lower half of the car in People’s Police olive green, and has made East German number plates and secured genuine blue lights from old communist stock. David hopes to bring it over to his Bembridge caravan in the summer.
The novel deal represents something of a change in fortune for Mr Young. His first attempt at novel writing was a crime thriller actually set on the island which he self-published 15 years ago.