Straight out of a novel, or a movie plot, Dirk Kurbjuweit’s suburban life dramatically changed when a stalker terrorised his family; his lawyer advised him to get a gun. Fear
is his bestselling novel, based on those events.
In He Said, She Said, Erin Kelly writes about how criminal justice can fail victims of sex crimes. She spoke to rape survivors and sat through a serial voyeurism trial to research the background to her novel.
Chris Brookmyre has said Black Widow was inspired by stories told by his wife Marisa Haetzman, an anaesthetist. They’ve now tapped into her Masters in the history of medicine to co-write historical crime, inspired by real events.
Criminal defence barrister Imran Mahmood took on the voice of his inner-city clients in his debut novel, You Don’t Know Me, which puts the reader in the jury box at a murder trial.
Mel McGrath’s Give Me the Child, was inspired by a true life case of a disturbed, adopted child. She keeps it real as Chair.