About


Welcome to the official website of David Young, author of the Karin Müller series of crime thrillers set in East Germany in the 1970s and 80s.

The next and final book in the series is THE STASI GAME published as an e-book in the UK on 12th November 2020, and as a paperback on December 31st 2020.

The series is published by Zaffre in the UK and by publishers in ten other international territories. 

It begins in 1975 with STASI CHILD, David's critically-acclaimed debut which was an official Top Twenty paperback bestseller in The Bookseller, won the CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger for best historical crime novel of 2016, and was longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year.

The second in the series, STASI WOLF, was published in e-book and paperback in February 2017. A Darker State (now renamed STASI STATE in e-book format) followed in 2018. The fourth in the series, STASI 77, came out in April 2019 in the UK with the fifth STASI WINTER following in January 2020.


DAVID YOUNG was born near Hull and, after dropping out of a Bristol University science degree, studied Humanities at Bristol Polytechnic. Temporary jobs cleaning ferry toilets and driving a butcher’s van were followed by a career in journalism on provincial newspapers, a London news agency, and international radio and TV newsrooms. He now divides his time between Twickenham and a writing base on Syros in Greece, and in his spare time supports Hull City AFC.