Rhythm Nation: Sam Blake picks the tunes

The English-born crime writer selects the tracks that shaped her life and musical outlook

10th January, 2021
Rhythm Nation: Sam Blake picks the tunes
Sam Blake uses music in researching her crime novels

“Every book has a soundtrack,” says Sam Blake. When the English-born and Irish resident crime writer is creating a new character, one of her techniques is to check what music was topping the charts during their youth.

This attention to detail has clearly served Blake well, since her dark and twisty novels are now regular fixtures in the domestic bestsellers list.

Sam Blake is herself a fictional creation of Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin, who...

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