Vicky Newham


Vicky's main focus is writing the DI Rahman series of crime novels, set in the Tower Hamlets area of East London. These feature Bangladeshi-born DI Maya Rahman and Australian-born DS Dan Maguire. They are urban noir novels, and combine the traditional police procedural with exploration of cultural dislocation, urban life and the psychology of violence. 

Vicky also writes short fiction, and has had numerous stories published and placed in competitions. 


All her life, Vicky has been been passionate about the ability of language to express, evoke and transport. At school she adored dreaming up stories and dicussing poems in English lessons; she was enchanted by Greek mythology and tales of the Roman empire. In her bedroom at home she would continue reading and writing. As an adult, she wrote plenty of short stories and started a few novels. After reading Kate Atkinson's CASE HISTORIES and Sophie Hannah's LITTLE FACE, Vicky realised what she wanted to write was crime fiction. She wrote her first crime novel while studying for an MA Creative Writing, and began her second for her dissertation. This second novel became MAYA, the first in the series of DI Rahman novels.  

Vicky's writing is very psychological, in the broadest possible sense of the word. It is no coincidence that a fascination with human nature took her into studying psychology many years ago, and it is the same curiosity which drives and informs her writing. People often say 'write what you know' or 'write what you want to read'. Vicky is more interested in writing about the things which bother her, which she's curious about, which keep her awake at night. For a long time this has included the human propensity for violence, the complexity of contemporary life, and cultural dislocation. 

Vicky is fascinated by the different way that life experiences affect people. Identical twins, for example, start from the same beginnings but often turn out very differently. She is fascinated by the secrets and collusion which lurk within everyone's lives. And when people commit crimes, what circumstances and choices have led up to that moment? 

Really, she's curious about life in all its complexity, and what it is to be human in a fast-paced, crazy world.