Simon Kernick is in his thirties, and lives with his wife and two young children near London. His previous novels, The Business of Dying, The Murder Exchange, The Crime Trade and A Good Day to Die are published as Corgi paperbacks. The research for Simon Kernick's books is what makes them so authentic. His list of contacts in the police force is extensive and has been built up over more than a decade. It includes long serving officers in Special Branch, the National Crime Squad (now SOCA), and the Anti-Terrorist Branch, all of whom have plenty of tales to tell.