Joseph Farrell is Emeritus Professor at the University of Strathclyde. His books include a cultural history of Sicily and biographies of Dario Fo and Leonardo Sciascia. He is also a renowned translator from the Italian, whose translations include works by Leonardo Sciascia, Vincenzo Consolo, Dario Fo and Valerio Varesi. He lives in Glasgow.
Peter Forbes studied English in the same year as Ian Rankin at Edinburgh University. His credits include BERKELEY SQUARE (BBC) , Peter Kosminsky's THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR (Channel 4) , the multi-award winning BLACK WATCH (National Theatre of Scotland) , NEVER SO GOOD, AFTERLIFE and THE OBSERVER (National Theatre) and MAMMA MIA! (West End). He was nominated in the 2011 Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland for his performance in Liz Lochhead's EDUCATING AGNES (Royal Lyceum Theatre). He has read the unabridged THE COMPLAINTS and A COOL HEAD, both by Ian Rankin and THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND by Giles Foden.
Elena Forbes has lived most of her life in London. Her first novel, Die With Me, was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger.
Brian Freeman is a renowned US thriller writer. Working in marketing before beginning to write full-time, he has now written five novels in a popular series, with Spilled Blood being his second standalone.