Barry Maitland was born in Scotland and brought up in London. After studying architecture at Cambridge, he practised and taught in the UK before moving to Australia where he was Professor of Architecture at the University of Newcastle. He has since retired from the university to pursue his writing. Maitland's first mystery The Marx Sisters was a nominee for the John Creasey award for Best First Novel and The Malcontenta won the Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Fiction. Bright Air, Maitland's first crime novel set in Australia was published in 2008. The Raven's Eye is his twelfth Brock and Kolla mystery.
"Satisfyingly rich fare for puzzle addicts and conspiracy theorists alike, capped by a string of climactic fireworks that are still exploding in the very last paragraph." --"Kirkus Reviews" on "Chelsea Mansions""Brock and Kolla's meticulous, psychologically astute sleuthing fascinates.""--Entertainment Weekly" on "No Trace""Maitland interweaves a smart plot, which includes a few shockers and more than a few Cold War roots, with major character developments for Brock and Kolla, and "Chelsea Mansions" is among the best entries in a top-notch series." --"Richmond Times-Dispatch"