Don Winslow was born in New York City and raised in the little village of Perryville, Rhode Island. The author of 13 books and several short stories, he has also written for film and television. On his way to becoming a writer, Mr. Winslow did a number of things to make a living: movie theater manager, private investigator, safari guide, actor, theater director, and consultant. He now lives on an old ranch in southern California. His first novel, A Cool Breeze on the Underground, was nominated for an Edgar, and a later book, California Fire and Life, received the Shamus Award.