Mo Hayder Profile and Books

Mo Hayder was born in England in 1962.

She left school at the age of 15 and had a number of jobs before becoming a writer: barmaid, security-guard, film-maker, hostess in a Tokyo nightclub, educational administrator, teacher of English as a foreign language. She went on to gain a MA in film from the American University in Washington DC and a MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University.

Her books (there are now 8 with another soon to be published) reflect her obsession with morbidity and at times are very gruesome.

She published her first novel – ‘Birdman’ in 2000. This novel introduced Detective Inspector Jack Caffery. There are now 5 novels in the Jack Caffery series including the Edgar winning ‘Gone’.

Mo Hayder lives in Bath in England with her partner Bob Randall – a retired policeman, and her daughter Lotte-Genevieve.


Jack Caffery series:

  • Ritual (2008) #1 Walking Man series.
    Shortlisted Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2009
    CWA Steel Dagger Nomination
    Read Review of Ritual



  • Hanging Hill (2011)
  • Pig Island (2006)
    Barry Award Nomination for Best British Crime Novel
    CWA Dagger Nomination
  • Tokyo (2004), (US) The Devil of Nanking (2010)
    Elle Magazine Crime Fiction Prize
    Three CWA Dagger Nominations

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