About Danuta

Danuta Kot grew up with stories. Her Irish mother and her Polish father kept their own cultures alive with traditional tales they shared with their children. For many years, she worked with young people in Yorkshire who were growing up in the aftermath of sudden industrial decline. She uses this background in her books to explore some of the issues that confront modern, urban society: poverty, alienation and social breakdown, using the contexts of the modern crime novel. She now works as a senior education consultant, work that involves travel to establish education and training in other parts of the world. She is a regular academic speaker at conferences and literary festivals and has appeared on radio and television.

Praise for Danuta Kot writing as Danuta Reah

The Bookseller

Multi-stranded psychological thriller about the impact of people trafficking in the style of Barbara Vine and Minette Walters. An author to watch out for.

The Spectator
It’s implications and parallels are as sadly contemporary as anything in Buchan or Fleming – and rather more realistic.

Daily Mail
A powerful thriller… (she) brings disturbingly alive the history of the Stalinist terrors and the brutal Nazi persecutions that followed.

Northern Echo
A story to wrench at the heart and haunt the soul.

Times Literary Supplement

Dense with ideas about truth and betrayal, asylum and integration, acceptance and hatred…this is a satisfying crime novel.


Winner, CWA Short Story Dagger 2005, for NO FLIES ON FRANK.

Short listed, CWA Dagger in the Library, 2006