Ruth Dugdall is a British crime writer. She worked for almost a decade in the criminal justice system as a probation officer, specialising in the most extreme crimes when she was seconded to a high security prison. Her first novel, The James Version, is a historical fiction based on the notorious murder of Maria Marten in the Red Barn, Suffolk. The Woman Before Me, the first novel to feature probation officer Cate Austin, won the CWA Debut Dagger, the 2009 Luke Bitmead Bursary Award and was shortlisted for the 2011 People’s Book Prize. The Sacrifical Man is Ruth’s third novel.