Kevin Stevens

P1010016Kevin Stevens is the author of two novels published by Simon & Schuster UK, Song for Katya and The Rizzoli Contract, and This Ain’t No Video Game, Kid!, a novel for young adults published by Little Island. His superhero fantasy for children, The Powers, is the Dublin UNESCO City of Literature Citywide Reading Project for children in 2014.

The Cops Are Robbers, his true crime account of New England’s largest bank burglary, was made into an NBC Movie of the Week starring Ed Asner and George Kennedy. Kevin lives in Dublin and Boston and writes about jazz and American politics for The Irish Times and other publications.

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REACHx2700_NEWKansas City, 1935. Emmett Whelan, an idealistic county prosecutor who has left behind his Irish roots and married into the country club set, takes on the city’s corrupt political machine when he investigates the brutal murder of a black musician.

As Emmett gets deeper into the case, the racial violence deteriorates. So does his personal life. He searches the city for the heart of its corruption and discovers that it runs deeper and a lot closer than he has ever suspected. And when the truth unfolds – about the killings, the machine, Emmett’s wife – a surprising and devastating climax reverberates at every level of the city.

Reach the Shining River is an urban crime drama about money, race, and class. Tense and full of memorable characters, it has the smell of a big river, the atmosphere of 1930s America, and a soundtrack that is pure jazz and blues.


“It is a measure of the book’s achievement that the consequences of their actions are both poignant and wholly in keeping with the inexorable laws of a world resurrected by Stevens’s fluid prose.” Three Monkeys Online

“Not only a solid murder mystery, but equally a colourful and thought-provoking study of a moment in time. With the rhythm and cadence of the prose, echoing the blues soundtrack that underscored the whole book, Stevens easily achieved that balance between crime fiction and literary fiction due to his exceptional characterization and engaging prose.”  Raven Crime Reads

Reach the Shining River impressed me in both the quality of its prose and the vividness of its place. Reading the novel, you are shunted back to another time: a time of corruption, of small-town politics, and the blues. (…) The novel is compelling and highly readable without being formulaic. A terrific read – I was hooked from the start.”  —Readers’ reviews

Publisher: Betimes Books (2014), Endeavour Press (2016) for the e-book edition

Rights held: World