MICHAEL SLADE is a criminal lawyer and the author of fourteen dark mystery thrillers. As a lawyer, his specialty is the law of insanity and he has acted in over one hundred murder cases. The Slade thrillers fuse the genres of police procedure, whodunit, history, suspense, and horror. In researching these plots, he has travelled around the world, from climbing to the top of the Great Pyramid of Cheops to descending into the secret cannibal cave of the Cook Islands. For more on the real-life story behind each of his novels, visit Morgue at Slade s website, www.specialx.net."