William Deverell — Novelist

The official website of William Deverell, Winner of the Dashiell Hammett Award for Literary Excellence in North American Crime Writing


Seal Books cover of Mecca

Mecca, an international spy thriller laced with humour, moves from Cuba, to Montreal, New York, Paris, Berlin, Saudi Arabia, Israel, and back. It feature Jacques (Slack) Sawchuk, an unrepentant rebel who is blackmailed into joining the war on terror as an undercover agent of the CIA. He plays his role too well, and becomes a hunted man unable to prove he’s not a murderous terrorist. See also The Laughing Falcon, in which Sawchuk reprises his role as an unwilling spy in Central America.


“Packs a saucy wallop … Here is another world-class thriller, fresh, bright and topical.” Globe and Mail

“A readable thriller that matches the newscasts. Action. Action. Action. Literature in the fast lane. Sit back in your easy chairs, pour yourself a drink, and read about the end of the world.” Toronto Star

“The pace, the twists and thr turns, are worthy of Ludlum,” Calgary Herald.

“William Deverell has confirmed his place in the front rank of thriller writers with Mecca. Great escapist fiction in the bestseller class.” Quill and Quire.

The novel, currently out of print, is soon to to return as an e-book and in a complete audio version. Copies available at

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