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Storytelling. Science. Suspense.

Meet Daniel Kalla

Author Daniel Kalla produces engrossing novels with an intensity that matches the challenge of his other role as Department Head of Emergency Medicine at an urban teaching hospital in Vancouver. His first five novels, medical thrillers, focus on themes that lie at the heart of his professional life, delving into topics as diverse as superbugs, pandemics, addiction, DNA evidence and patient abuse. His seventh novel and eighth novels, The Far Side Of The Sky and Rising Sun, Falling Shadow, are historical novesl set against a startling, yet little known, chapter of the Second World War, when 20,000 Jews fled Germany to find shelter in only one city: Shanghai, “The Paris of the East”. His latest, Nightfall Over Shanghai, completes the trilogy.

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The final instalment in the Adler family Shanghai trilogy!





Rising Sun Falling Shadow Cover Now a bestseller! RISING SUN, FALLING SHADOW — A story of espionage,  betrayal, and one family’s struggle to survive in war-torn Shanghai. Please visit this  link to learn more about the novel.


“A vivid, realistic novel that rewards the emotional investment it encourages.” – The  Vancouver Sun

“Kalla delivers a gripping blend of suspense thriller and survival story… as fast paced and detailed as that of the best hospital television shows” – Booklist

“Kalla offers a dramatic narrative in an obscure WWII battlefield… does his best work in drawing believable characters.”– Kirkus Review


On the eve of the Second World War, one family’s final hope lies across the world in Shanghai…

An amazing novel seeped in vivid descriptions of Austria and China.” —The Huffington Post, (read review here)

“The author of five medical thrillers and a family saga successfully switches gears here. With its unusual setting and blend of terror, hope, and love, this historical novel deserves a wide readership.”– Library Journal,   *Starred Review*

“An exciting, often touching story that combines wartime peril and romance in an attractive mix… (Kalla) knows how to weave a good tale, and his characters are endearing… deftly combines fact and fiction.” —Booklist

“I ate up this novel… Recommended.”
Historical Novel Society,  (read review here)

Shortlisted For the 2012 OLA’S Reader Choice Award

Learn more about The Far Side of the Sky here.