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Flynn Berry, “Northern Spy,” 2021

Flynn Berry, whose latest thriller is “Northern Spy,” set in contemporary Northern Ireland, in conversation with host Richard Wolinsky. Recorded via zencastr on May 12, 2021.

Flynn Berry is the author of two other novels, “Under the Harrow,” which won the Edgar Award for best first novel, and “A Double Life.”

“Northern Spy” takes place in Northern Ireland as the tension between Catholics and Protestants has ratcheted up several notches. A single Catholic mother of an infant son, working as a producer in Belfast’s BBC studios, finds herself increasingly drawn into dealings with the IRA through her sister, who had lived a double life for the previous seven years.

In this interview Flynn Berry discusses how she came to write the novel, her writing process, and her history as an author of thrillers.