Episode 7 – Interview with Stasi Child Author David Young

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Stasi Child Interview Final
In Episode 7 we welcome award-winning author David Young who has written the Stasi Child – Karin Müller series of crime thrillers set in East Germany in the mid 1970s.

The series begins in 1975 with Stasi Child, David’s critically-acclaimed debut which was an official Top Twenty paperback bestseller in The Bookseller, won the CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger for best historical crime novel of 2016, and was longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year.

The second in the series, Stasi Wolf, was published in e-book and paperback in February 2017 and A Darker State was released this year in the UK. Two more novels are under contract, making five in all.

Shortlist’s review of Stasi Child reads “Can’t get enough cold-war Germany after Deutschland 83? This is your latest reading companion”

And The Australian wrote “If you are a fan of Philip Kerr’s Bernie Gunther series, this will appeal. Though it’s stylistically more sober than Kerr’s noirish novels, the Berlin background is just as authentically realized. “

I’m delighted to say I’ve read and enjoyed them all!


The Crossword Puzzle Murder

Anna Maxwell Martin – David choice for the TV role of Karin Muller


The Candy Twins – David’s passport to Eastern Germany

Tender Objects – Here Comes the Rain – David’s second band

Man  – The Album Slow Motion


Stasi Child

Stasi Wolf

A Darker State

The Valley of the Unknowing

DDR Handbook

TV & Films

Weissensee – Stasi Family drama

Polizeiruf 110  GDR Police drama TV Series – The Sweeney GDR style!

Barbara – Film depicting a doctor in the GDR who has applied to leave.

West – depicting a GDR mother coping with life in the West

Spiral – French crime series