David Young

Interviewed 27 April 2019

David Young

David Young was born on the outskirts of Hull. After dropping out of a Bristol University science degree, he studied modern history at the city’s then polytechnic.

Temporary jobs cleaning ferry toilets and driving a butcher’s van were followed by three decades as a journalist on provincial newspapers, a London news agency, and in the BBC’s international radio and TV newsrooms.

Now a full-time author, his debut novel Stasi Child was the first in a series of Cold War era crime thrillers set in East Germany. David lives in Twickenham but also spends time at his writing retreat on Syros in the Cyclades.


Books by David Young

Stasi Winter

Major Karin Muller is sent to Rugen Island on the Baltic coast to investigate the death of a woman apparently overcome by the savage winter weather.

Reviewed on 11 April 2020 by Chris Roberts

Stasi 77

Major Karin Muller of the Volkspolizei is called back from leave to investigate a murder in a state cotton mill, but soon finds that the Stasi have an interest and are determined to block her progress in the case.

Reviewed on 13 July 2019 by Chris Roberts

Stasi 77

Major Karin Muller of the Volkspolizei is called back from leave to investigate a murder in a state cotton mill, but soon finds that the Stasi have an interest and are determined to block her progress in the case.

Reviewed on 13 July 2019 by Chris Roberts

A Darker State

Newly-promoted Major Karin Muller is assigned for action when the body of a young man emerges from a river between East Germany and the Polish border.

Reviewed on 21 July 2018 by Chris Roberts

Stasi Wolf

Oberleutnant Karin Muller is drafted south to assist in the recovery of two infant twins who have been abducted, a search that eventually becomes very personal.

Reviewed on 10 June 2017 by Chris Roberts

Stasi Child

The death of a young girl close to the Berlin Wall presents some unusual features, and Stasi involvement is likely to mean trouble, especially for the police officer in charge, Oberleutnant Karin Muller.

Reviewed on 27 February 2016 by Chris Roberts