Bestselling crime writers Dervla McTiernan and Christian White continue to delight readers with their chilling new novels. The two come together to discuss their latest twisty and fast-paced releases and the incredible popularity of Australian crime fiction, in conversation with Caroline Overington. Inspired by real events, Dervla’s The Murder Rule has drawn praise as a “diabolically clever, highly compelling and deeply moving” (Don Winslow) masterwork of psychological suspense. Christian’s electrifying thriller Wild Place explores moral outrage and malevolent forces in small-town Australia amid the ‘Satanic panic’ of the 1980s.

Supported by ARA.

Dervla McTiernan (Australian)

Dervla McTiernan

Born in County Cork, Ireland, to a family of seven, Dervla practised as a corporate lawyer for twelve years. Following the global financial crisis, she moved with her family to Western Australia, where she now lives with her husband and two children. Her debut The Ruin and the follow-up The Scholar were published to widespread acclaim. The Good Turn, in 2020, went straight to no.1 on the bestseller charts. An avid fan of crime and detective novels from childhood, Dervla now writes full time. Her latest book The Murder Rule will be released in May 2022.

Christian White (Australian)

Christian White

Christian White is an author and screenwriter. The Nowhere Child was his first book and one of Australia's bestselling debut novels ever. Christian's second book, The Wife and the Widow, was published in 2019 and became an instant bestseller. Clickbait, a television series Christian co created, was released by Netflix in 2021 and went straight to number-one in 41 countries. The setting of his third novel Wild Place is modelled on the area of the Mornington Peninsular where he grew up.

Caroline Overington (Australian)

Caroline Overington

Caroline Overington is the Literary Editor at The Australian; a two-time Walkley winner for investigative journalism; host of the true crime documentary The Disappearance of William Tyrrell; and the author of 15 books. Her most recent novel The Cuckoo's Cry was published in 2021.