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Eva Dolan is a British copywriter, intermittently successful poker player, and author of mystery, thriller and crime fiction novels which explore social and political issues through compelling narratives.

Born in Essex, England, she began her writing career as a freelance copywriter before transitioning to fiction.

While she was still a teenager, Dolan was shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association Dagger for unpublished authors.

Her debut novel, "Long Way Home," published in 2014 as the first book in the Zigic & Ferreira Series, quickly gained critical acclaim for its gritty portrayal of hate crimes in the UK.

Known for her well-crafted characters and meticulous attention to detail, Dolan has established herself as a rising star in the crime fiction genre.

More about Eva Dolan

Genres: Crime Suspense, Mystery, Thriller

United Kingdom

Non Series

  • This is How it Ends (2018)

Zigic & Ferreira

  1. Long Way Home (2014)
  2. Tell No Tales (2015)
  3. After You Die (2016)
  4. Watch Her Disappear (2017)
  5. Between Two Evils (2020)
  6. One Half Truth (2021)

Detailed book overview

Non Series

This is How it Ends

Three hundred gone. Just six left.

The building was once home to families, friends, children, couples, love, life. Now, almost every apartment is empty, the inhabitants forced out by the developers tearing down the old social housing to build luxury homes.

Only a few of the inhabitants have fought back against the attempts to evict them from their homes and their histories. And they have been joined by passionate student protester and would-be journalist, Ella, who is leading a high-profile media campaign to protect those who refuse to leave.

One night, Ella returns home to find a horrible scene awaiting her-the dead body of a mysterious man. Panicked, she calls her neighbor Molly, who convinces her that the police won't believe she's innocent. Together the two women concoct a gruesome plan to hide the body.

But the secret won't stay buried for long. As truth hangs in the balance, a neighbor tells Molly he had heard Ella arguing with a man in the hallway and mistrust grows between Ella and Molly, as repercussions of that night threaten to change both women's lives forever.

Author: Eva Dolan
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1408886618
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Zigic & Ferreira

Long Way Home

DI ZIgic and DS Ferreira from Peterborough's underfunded Hate Crimes Unit are called in when a man is burnt to death in a garden shed.

The locals call it Englandistan. It lies just north of Peterborough's city center. It's where the migrants who build your houses, clean your offices and pick your food live. Where gang leaders and slum landlords abuse cheap foreign labor. Where a man can be burned to death in a garden shed without the owners raising the alarm.

DS Ferreira dn DI Zigic from the underfunded Hate Crimes Unit are both representatives of earlier waves of migration to the UK; their experiences give them a personal understanding of the issues involved, but does it also risk clouding their judgement? Against a background of simmering racial tension, Ferreira and Zigic must work with both victims and villains alike in this brilliantly written debut from a new crime writing talent.

Author: Eva Dolan
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-0099584391
Publisher: Vintage
Tell No Tales

Detectives Zigic and Ferreira must investigate a hit-and-run that leaves two migrant workers dead and a series of horrific killings, seemingly with a Neo-Nazi motivation, captured on CCTV.

The car that plows into the bus stop early one morning leaves a trail of death and destruction behind it. DS Ferreira and DI Zigic are called in from the Peterborough Hate Crimes Unit to handle the hit-and-run, but with another major case on their hands, one with disturbing Neo-Nazi overtones, they are relieved when there seems to be an obvious suspect. But the case isn't that simple and with tensions erupting in the town leading to more violence, the media are soon hounding them for answers. 

Ferreira believes that local politician Richard Shotton, head of a recently established right-wing party, must be involved somehow. Journalists have been quick to acclaim Shotton, with his Brazilian wife and RAF career, as a serious contender for a major political career, despite his extremist views, but is his party a cover for something far more dangerous?

Author: Eva Dolan
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-0099584384
Publisher: Vintage
After You Die

Dawn Prentice was already known to the Peterborough Hate Crimes Unit.

The previous summer she had logged a number of calls detailing the harassment she and her severely disabled teenage daughter were undergoing. Now she is dead – stabbed to death whilst Holly Prentice has been left to starve upstairs. DS Ferreira, only recently back serving on the force after being severely injured in the line of duty, had met with Dawn that summer. Was she negligent in not taking Dawn’s accusations more seriously? Did the murderer even know that Holly was helpless upstairs while her mother bled to death?

Whilst Ferreira battles her demons, determined to prove she’s up to the frontline, DI Zigic is drawn into conflict with an official seemingly resolved to hide the truth about one of his main suspects. Can either officer unpick the truth about mother and daughter, and bring their killer to justice?

Author: Eva Dolan
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-1784701765
Publisher: Vintage
Watch Her Disappear


The body is found by the river, near a spot popular with runners.

With a serial rapist at work in the area, DI Zigic and DS Ferreira are initially confused when the Hate Crimes Unit is summoned to the scene. Until they discover that the victim, Corinne Sawyer, was born Colin Sawyer.

Police records reveal there have been violent attacks on trans women in the local area. Was Corinne a victim of mistaken identity? Or has the person who has been targeting trans women stepped up their campaign of violence? With tensions running high, and the force coming under national scrutiny, this is a complex case and any mistake made could be fatal...

Author: Eva Dolan
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1784701772
Publisher: Vintage
Between Two Evils

As the country bakes under the relentless summer sun, a young doctor is found brutally murdered at his home in a picturesque Cambridgeshire village.

Is his death connected to his private life – or his professional one?

Dr Joshua Ainsworth worked at an all-female detention center, one still recovering from a major scandal a few years before. Was he the whistle-blower – or an instigator?

As Detective Sergeant Ferreira and Detective Inspector Zigic begin to painstakingly reconstruct Dr Ainsworth's last days, they uncover yet more secrets and more suspects. But this isn't the only case that's demanding their attention – a violent criminal has been released on a technicality and the police force know he will strike again: the only question is who will be his first victim…

Author: Eva Dolan
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-1408886410
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
One Half Truth

When the police are called to the report of a late-night shooting, they expect it to be drugs or gang-related. They don't expect to find a young student executed on his way home.

Jordan Radley was an aspiring journalist: hard working, well-liked, dedicated. His first major story - looking at the fallout following the closure of a major local factory - had run recently and looked to be the first step in his longed-for career. Even after the story ran, Jordan continued to stay in contact with those he interviewed: he was on his way back from their social club the night he was murdered.

But as the detectives quickly discover, not only was Jordan killed, but those responsible also broke into his house, taking his laptop and notes. What was he researching that might have led to his death? And can this really be linked to another case - long ruled an accident - in the same area?

Or are the police being forced to prioritize those with the best connections rather than the ones that most need their help?

Author: Eva Dolan
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-1408886526
Publisher: Raven Books