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Chris Lloyd

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Straight after graduating in Spanish and French, Chris Lloyd hopped on a bus from Cardiff to Catalonia and stayed there for over twenty years. He has also lived in Grenoble – researching the French Resistance movement – as well as in the Basque Country and Madrid, where he taught English and worked in educational publishing and as a travel writer. More recently, he worked as a Catalan and Spanish translator.

He writes the Occupation series, featuring Eddie Giral, a French police detective in Paris under Nazi rule. The first book in the series, The Unwanted Dead, won the HWA Gold Crown Award for best historical novel of the year and was shortlisted for the CWA Historical Dagger Award for the best historical crime fiction. It was chosen as Waterstones Welsh Book of the Month. The second book in the series, Paris Requiem, sees Eddie trying to solve the riddle of prisoners disappearing from prison.

He has also written a trilogy set in present-day Girona, in Catalonia, featuring Elisenda Domènech, a police officer in the devolved Catalan police force.


Other Awards

Winner of the 2021 Historical Writers’ Association Gold Crown Award for Best Historical Fiction

Books by Chris Lloyd

  • Paris Requiem Paris Requiem

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  • City of Buried Ghosts City of Buried Ghosts

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  • City of Drowned Souls City of Drowned Souls

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  • City of Good Death City of Good Death

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  • The Unwanted Dead The Unwanted Dead

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