Richard Kunzmann



United Kingdom

Profile Information:

Pretoria, South Africa
About Me:
Richard Kunzmann published his first police procedural in the UK at the tender age of 26, and Bloody Harvests was immediately short-listed for the Crime Writers Association’s lucrative J.C.W. Creasy Award for Best New Novel, in 2002. Publication of Bloody Harvests and his second thriller, Salamander Cotton, quickly followed in all English language territories.

The Washington Post has described his writing as ‘recalling "No Country for Old Men" and other Cormac McCarthy novels that focus a literary sensibility on bloodcurdling events’, while the Sunday Times hailed him as ‘an impressive new talent in the thriller genre’. The Cape Times says of his latest book, Dead-End Road, ‘It stands head and shoulders among the many crime novels we are confronted with’.

Richard’s police procedurals explore a contemporary South Africa and a society that is a wonderful collage of African and Western traditions fused into the everyday lived experiences of South Africans.

His fourth book, The Price of a Country, will be the first in a new series pf psychological thrillers, and is due for publication in February 2010.
I Am A:
Books And Authors I Like:
James Lee Burke, Raymond Chandler, Chelsea Cain, Edgar Alan Poe, Natsuo Kirino, Michael Marshall Smith, Joseph Wambaugh ... these are just the crime writers.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Unusual Suspects, The Wire, Human Stain, LA Confidential, Memento, Seven, Angel Heart, American Beauty, Requiem for a Dream ... etc.

Comment Wall:

  • Luis

    Hello, thanks for the author recommendations for London; I will probably take one or two with me.

    But, you shouldn't think you dissapointed me, it seems like I should have paid more attention to what your work was about before putting my foot in it. Anyway, no loss because your work interests me as well because it involves parts of the world I have never visited!
  • Reece Hirsch

    Thanks, Richard. I certainly hope your editor is right about financial thrillers. If I somehow manage to hit the market at a time when that genre is hot, it will be purely a matter of luck. I wish you success with your new thriller series!
  • Victoria Dougherty

    I've never read The Very Long Engagement, but I will now. Thanks for the recommendation.