Dreda Say Mitchell
David Baldacci is the author of fifteen previous consecutive New York Times bestsellers. With his books published in over 40 languages in more than 80 countries, and with nearly 70 million copies in print, he is one of the world’s favorite storytellers. David Baldacci is also the cofounder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America.
Linwood Barclay is married with two children and lives near Toronto. He is the author of three acclaimed Zack Walker mysteries, a former columnist for the Toronto Star, and is the author of the Richard & Judy 2008 Summer Read winner and number one bestseller, No Time For Goodbye , as well as three other bestselling crime novels.
Lee Child was born in 1954 in Coventry, England, but spent his formative years in the nearby city of Birmingham. He went to law school in Sheffield, England, and after part-time work in the theater he joined Granada Television in Manchester for what turned out to be an eighteen-year career as a presentation director during British TV’s “golden age.” After being fird from Granade as a result of corporate restructuring in 1995, he decided to see an opportunity where others might have seen a crisis and bought six dollars’ worth of paper and pencils and sat down to write a book, Killing Floor, the first in the Jack Reacher series. Killing Floor was an immediate success and launched the series which has grown in sales and impact with every new installment.
Martina Cole is the No.1 bestselling author of seventeen hugely successful novels and is highly acclaimed for her hard-hitting,uncompromising and haunting writing. Hard Girls went straight to No.1 on the Sunday Times bestseller lists and Martina was the bestselling British female novelist of 2009. The Business was the No.1 bestselling hardback adult fiction title of 2008 and was a No.1 Sunday Times hardback bestseller, along with Faces, Close and The Take. The Take also won the British Book Award for Crime Thriller of the Year and has been adapted into a hugely successful ,critically acclaimed TV series for Sky One and The Runaway is currently in production. Total sales of Martina’s novels are now at over ten million copies. Martina has a son and daughter and lives in Kent.
Joseph Finder is the author of eight previous thrillers, including bestsellers Power Play, Paranoia and Killer Instinct. His background is not in the literary world but in politics and he continues to write extensively on espionage and international affairs for the New York Times and the Washington Post. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts with his wife and daughter. Joseph won the International Thriller Writers award for Best Novel in 2006 for Killer Instinct. Visit Joseph Finder’s website at www.josephfinder.com.
Lisa Gardner is the New York Times best-selling author of Live to Tell, The Neighbour, Say Goodbye, Hide, Gone, Alone, and 6 other novels. Lisa sold her first novel when she was just 20 years old. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in international relations. She lives in New England with her husband and daughter.
Internationally bestselling author Tess Gerritsen took an unusual route to a writing career. A graduate of Stanford University, Tess went on to medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, where she was awarded her M.D. While on maternity leave from her work as a physician, she began to write fiction. In 1987, her first novel was published. Call After Midnight, a romantic thriller, was followed by eight more romantic suspense novels.. Tess’s first medical thriller, Harvest, was released in hardcover in 1996, and it marked her debut on the New York Times bestseller list. Her books have been top-5 bestsellers in the United States and abroad. Publisher Weekly has dubbed her the “medical suspense queen”.
Dennis Lehane was born and raised in Dorchester, Massachusetts, and still lives in the Boston area. He has written eight novels, three of which have been made into internationally acclaimed films. He also writes for television, most recently for the hit series The Wire.
During the mid-1980s Howard Marks had forty-three aliases, eighty-nine phone lines and owned twenty-five companies trading throughout the world. At the height of his career he was smuggling consignments of up to thirty tons of marijuana, and had contact with organisations as diverse as MI6, the CIA, the IRA and the Mafia. Following a worldwide operation by the Drugs Enforcement Agency, he was busted and sentenced to twenty-five years in prison at Terre Haute Penitentiary, Indiana.
He was released in April 1995 after serving seven years of his sentence. His autobiography, Mr Nice, has sold over 650,000 copies to date and was recently adapted as a major film starring Rhys Ifans as Howard. Sympathy for the Devil is Howard’s first crime fiction book.
Dreda Say Mitchell is this year’s Programme Chair. She is a novelist, broadcaster, journalist and freelance education consultant who describes herself as a ‘complete busybody.” She is the author of five novels, with her debut novel being awarded The CWA’s John Creasey Dagger for best first time crime novel in 2005. She has appeared on BBC 2’s The Review Show and presented Radio 4’s Open Book and is a frequent contributor on Radio 4’s flagship arts programme Front Row. She continues to live in East London with her partner Tony.