The Crime Writers' Association

John Kennedy

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John Kennedy is a writer of edgy, immersive crime novels with a northern feel. He’s also not afraid to tackle some difficult themes.

John’s DI Will Ashcroft and DC Samira Byrne series focuses on two marginalized characters, forced to the edges by intolerance, coming together to solve difficult and disturbing crimes in a time and place where apathy rules. The first in the series (The Trauma Pool) was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger in 2016, and is published by Sharpe Books (2020). This was followed in April 2021 by The Kill Chain.

John has a Masters in Creative Writing and lectures English in Northern England. He is currently working on the third Ashcroft and Byrne novel.

John also puts out some occasional exclusive ‘behind the scenes’ materials including videos, interviews, features and playlists – to access, sign up to his free mailing list at the website listed below. He promises not to clutter up your inbox.

Other Awards

Shortlisted for AM Heath’s Criminal Lines 2014

Shortlisted for CWA Debut Dagger 2016

Shortlisted for The Exeter Prize 2017

Longlisted for The Bath Novel Prize 2019

Books by John Kennedy

  • The Trauma Pool


  • The Kill Chain