Skip to Content

Crime/Scene: Dervla McTiernan and Don Winslow on The Murder Rule and City on Fire

May 12, 2022

We were thrilled to welcome internationally bestselling crime writers Dervla McTiernan and Don Winslow to our stage. After triumph in the internationally bestselling DI Cormac Reilly series, McTiernan is back with her first standalone novel, The Murder Rule. This mother-daughter story shows family at odds with a horrible truth amid gripping, electric prose. In Winslow’s new epic crime saga, City on Fire, eighties grit and swagger meets classic themes of loyalty, betrayal, and corruption. Winslow’s writing is a tour-de-force of electric storytelling, referred to as a ‘contemporary Iliad.’ These two authors blend crime and loyalty, immersing us in a world where everything—not just family—ends in blood.

Their conversation is a must-hear conversation for lovers of immersive crime stories that leave you breathless and for aspiring ‘whodunnit’ authors.

In Conversation

  • Dervla McTiernan headshot credit Julia Dunin - Claire Fennell

    Dervla McTiernan

    Dervla McTiernan

    International #1 bestseller Dervla McTiernan’s first two novels, The Ruin and The Scholar, were critically acclaimed around the world. She has won multiple prizes, including a Ned Kelly Award, Davitt Awards, a Barry Award and an International Thriller Writers Award, and has been shortlisted for numerous others. McTiernan’s third book, The Good Turn, went straight to #1 in the bestseller charts, confirming her place as one of Australia’s best and most popular crime writers.

    Photo Credit: Julia Dunin

  • Don Winslow photographed at Fletcher Cove, Solana Beach, California, October 10, 2012.

    Don Winslow

    Don Winslow

    Don Winslow is the author of twenty-two acclaimed, award-winning international bestsellers, including the New York Times bestsellers The Force and The Border, the #1 international bestseller The Cartel, The Power of the Dog, Savages, and The Winter of Frankie Machine. Savages was made into a feature film by three-time Oscar-winning writer-director Oliver Stone. The Power of the Dog, The Cartel, and The Border sold to FX to air as a major television series, and The Force is soon to be a major motion picture from 20th Century Studios starring Matt Damon and directed by James Mangold (Ford. vs. Ferrari, Copland, Walk the Line). Winslow is the author of three New York Times Critic’s Choice best books of the year. A former investigator, antiterrorist trainer, and trial consultant, Winslow lives in California and Rhode Island.

    Photo Credit: Robert Gallagher