Irish writer Louise Phillips (author of four psychological crime thrillers and nominated for the Best Irish Crime Novel) and Bay Area crime novelist Cara Black (New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 14 books in the Private Investigator Aimée Leduc series, set in Paris) will be joined by Irish detective Tom Doyle, and Dublin-born San Francisco Police Department Crime Scene Investigator, Ronan Shouldice for a panel discussion on writing about crime, the real versus the fictionalized, detective as muse, and the differences in legislation and covering crime both sides of the Atlantic.
Tom Doyle was born in Dublin. He joined the Irish Police Force, An Garda Síochána, in 1979, and has a degree in Human Resource Management. Promoted to Detective Sergeant in 1998, he has almost 37 years’ experience at the forefront of Criminal Investigations within the Irish capital city of Dublin. During his long career, he has managed a variety of units, including the Crime Task Force and the Drugs Unit, before being appointed Detective Sergeant, responsible for the detection and investigation of Serious Crime, incorporating murder and gangland activity. A key note speaker on the dangers of drug abuse, he has also worked with emerging writers at the Irish Writers Centre in Dublin, developing their knowledge of crime scene analysis, forensics, and other aspects of policing relevant to crime fiction research. He is currently based in South Dublin.
Ronan Shouldice was born in Dublin and moved to the U.S. in 1979, settling in San Francisco in 1981. He joined the San Francisco Police Department in 1989 and worked in patrol until being accepted into the Crime Scene Investigation Unit in 1994, where he has been assigned ever since. He is a Certified Latent Print Examiner and has investigated thousands of crime scenes, including over 300 homicide cases.