Kate London graduated from Cambridge University and moved to Paris where she trained in theatre. In 2006 Kate joined the Metropolitan Police Service. She finished her career working as part of a Major Investigation Team on SC&O1 - the Metropolitan Police Service's Homicide Command. She resigned from the MPS in August 2014. Her debut novel Post Mortem was published by Corvus in 2015.
Behind the headlines of gangs and knife crime, Kate London's novel is about the real people involved, from the police officers in charge to vulnerable teenagers, all written with complexity, nuance and shot through not only with heart-breaking realism but moments of humour. Only a former police officer could have written a book like this one - authentic, important and pulse-quickeningly good. * Rosamund Lupton * Kate London captures the gangland culture perfectly. It's sympathetically done... [with] wonderful characters and a story which is all too believable. * BookBag * Intelligent, atmospheric, captivating - this book draws you in and doesn't let you go. A must read. * Rosamund Lupton on Post Mortem * Taut, tight and terrific, a London thriller for our times. * Philippe Sands * An absorbing debut... The author vividly re-creates the everyday experience of uniformed police... The result is a complex novel that offers rare insights into how the police operate. * Sunday Times on Post Mortem * A terrific thriller, it pulls off that near-impossible trick of being not just psychologically acute and beautifully written but rivetingly plotted too. Packed with convincing detail and a full cast of excellent characters it is edge of the seat stuff: Prime Suspect rebooted. * Christobel Kent, praise for Kate London * Sensational... A brilliant, high-octane crime novel, ringing with the hard-earned wisdom of a former cop. * Tony Parsons, praise for Kate London * A stand out brilliant crime novel - sophisticated, authentic and utterly gripping. If you only read one crime novel this year make it this one. * Rosamund Lupton * Kate London, herself a former police officer in the Met, paints a convincing picture of the pressure of working on a Major Investigation Team. Gallowstree Lane is redolent with authentic detail without clogging the action up with info dumps. London's coppers come over as real people, as do the members of the gangs they are trying so hard to get off the street. * Crimereads * An authentic depiction of gang life and police politics with first class writing. * Sunday Express * Bleak, but with an emotional heart that's hard to ignore... Utterly authentic. * Daily Mail *