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Ruth McIver lists the crime novels which inspired her writing

I Shot The Devil

Ruth McIver, author of I SHOT THE DEVIL, outlines the the top 3 crime books which inspired her writing.



Lunar Park by Bret Easton Ellis

I was really inspired by Bret Easton Ellis’ Lunar Park;  a voice-led novel that plays with genre in such an ingenious and unique fashion, building dread and surreality, while maintaining an aspect of reader credulity.


Dracula, By Bram Stoker

I am obsessed with Gothic fiction and horror. I was interested in how dread is communicated through and travels by different kinds of technologies, and there is a sense of doom and inevitability in Dracula’s arrival and infiltration into Mina’s life. I also used aspects of the epistolatory novel in I Shot the Devil. 


Karin Slaughter

Every single one of Karin Slaughter’s female sleuths, heroines and anti-heroes have inspired and influenced the writing of this book. Cop Town is major stand out for me, but Slaughter creates hardboiled, tough, complex characters I can’t get enough of.


Meet The Author: Ruth McIver

Ruth McIver is a Dublin-born, Western Australian and New York City raised writer currently based in Melbourne, Australia. She is represented by the Story Factory. In 2019 Ruth completed her PhD in the field of true-crime inspired fiction with Curtin University. Her unpublished manuscript, Nothing Gold, was runner-up in the inaugural Banjo Prize (2018) and was one of seven manuscript selected to be pitched at Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival (2014). I Shot the Devil is her debut novel and won the 2018 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers. Discover More