Barry Maitland

Barry Maitland’s crime novels feature Detective Chief Inspector David Brock and Detective Sergeant Kathy Kolla as two London-based police investigators.

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Crucifixion: Just another day at the office for homicide detective Harry Belltree. Until he identifies the stabbing victim as his own brother-in-law, and journalist Kelly Pool suggests there’s a link between the three incidents. Harry can’t get involved, not officially. That’s why he goes off-grid to investigate. And that’s when things start to get complicated, and very dangerous. For both Harry and Kelly.

The Raven’s Eye: A woman dies in her sleep in a houseboat on the Thames — the apparent cause of death, an unflued gas heater. It all seems straightforward, but DI Kathy Kolla isn’t convinced. Both Kathy and DCI Brock run up against opposition in their investigation.

Prior work
Chelsea Mansions: When Nancy Haynes, an elderly American tourist, is brutally murdered in a seemingly senseless attack after visiting the Chelsea Flower Show, DI Kathy Kolla suspects there is more to the case than first appears. When another occupant of the palatial Chelsea Mansions is murdered hot on the heels of the first — but this time a Russian oligarch — everybody wants to get involved.

Barry’s first Brock and Kolla novel was The Marx Sisters (1994) which was followed by The Malcontenta; All My Enemies; The Chalon Heads; Silvermeadow; Babel; The Verge Practice; No Trace; Spider Trap, and a standalone title, Bright Air. His tenth Brock and Kolla novel was published in 2010: Dark Mirror, a mystery with a focus on the Pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rosetti.

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“Comparable to the psychological crime novelists such as Ruth Rendell… tight plots, great dialogue, very atmospheric.” Sydney Morning Herald.

‘Maitland crafts a suspenseful whodunit with enough twists and turns to keep even the sharpest readers on their toes.’Publishers Weekly, USA

‘No one drops so many wonderful threads to a story or lies them so satisfyingly together at the end.’The Australian

Barry Maitland is published in Australia by Allen & Unwin; in the U.K. by Orion and Arciadia Books, and in the U.S. by St Martin’s Press.


Barry Maitland was born in Scotland and after studying architecture at Cambridge University practised and taught in Britain before moving to Australia to take up the position of Professor of Architecture at the University of Newcastle.