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Ruth Dugdall is a crime thriller writer. She studied a BA (Hons) degree in English and Theatre Studies at Warwick University, and then an MA is Social Work at UEA.

She worked as a Probation Officer for almost a decade, working in prisons with numerous high-risk criminals.

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Ruth's debut novel The Woman Before Me (Legend Press, 2010) was informed by her experiences. Ruth’s professional background gives her writing authenticity and credibility. Her second novel The Sacrificial Man was published in 2011.

Ruth is the winner of the CWA Debut Dagger and the Luke Bitmead Bursary and has been shortlisted for the New Angle Book Prize and People's Book Prize.