David Downing

David Downing


I grew up in London and between 1973 and 1976 worked for one rock magazine and freelanced for several others. My fist book, which grew out of the rock journalism, was Future Rock published in 1975. Since then, I have worked as a freelance book writer. In this period the books mostly alternated between modern culture (rock music and movies) or political/military history, but I also wrote two works of 'faction' - the WW2 alternative history The Moscow Option and the forward-looking Russian Revolution 1985. In 1987 my first thriller The Red Eagles was published in the US. My Jack of Spies was published on both sides of the Atlantic in 2014. The sequel, One Man's Flag was published in 2015 with the third volume, Lenin's Roller Coaster published in 2017.

I have written eight volumes of the John Russell series of espionage thrillers and Sealing Their Fate a military history.

The stand-alone spy story The Diary of a Dead Man on Leave was published by Soho Press in the US in 2019.

Wedding Station, the seventh volume of the Station series (a prequel to Zoo Station) was published by Soho Press and Old Street in the UK in 2021.

Union Station, the eighth and concluding volume in the series will be published in 2023.

David Downing

Latest Release

Wedding Station by David Downing

The prequel to David Downing's bestselling Station series introduces John Russell, an Englishman with a political past who must keep his head down as the Nazis solidify their power.

February 27, 1933. In this stunning prequel to the John Russell espionage novels, the Reichstag parliament building in Berlin is set ablaze. It's just a month after Hitler's inauguration as Chancellor of Germany, and the Nazis use the torching to justify a campaign of terror against their political opponents. John Russell's recent separation from his wife threatens his right to reside in Germany and any meaningful relationship with his six-year-old son, Paul. He has just secured work as a crime reporter for a Berlin newspaper, and the crimes which he has to report--the gruesome murder of a rent boy, the hit-and-run death of a professional genealogist, the suspicious disappearance of a Nazi-supporting celebrity fortune-teller--are increasingly entangled in the wider nightmare engulfing Germany.

Each new investigation carries the risk of Russell's falling foul of the authorities, at a time when the rule of law has completely vanished, and the Nazis are running scores of pop-up detention centers, complete with torture chambers, in every corner of Berlin.

    Other Publications

    by David Downing

      Wedding Station
      Diary Of A Dead Man On Leave
      Lenin'S Roller Coaster
      One Man'S Flag
      Jack Of Spies
      Masaryk Station
      Potsdam Station
      Sealing Their Fate
      Stettin Station
      Silesian Station
      Zoo Station