Jack Thompson was born a long time ago in northern England. After spells as a teacher, bus conductor, industrial spy and pianist in workers’ clubs, he joined the BBC in 1967 and eventually landed the job of foreign correspondent for the World Service. He reported from Asia, the Middle East, the Soviet Union, eastern and central Europe and South Africa. Since retiring in 2002, he has devoted himself to writing. In 2006 he won the Scottish Association of Writers Pitlochry Award for Crime-writing with his thriller A Wicked Device. He lives in London with his wife and a golden retriever.