According to the bio on Amazon: "Canadian author Tomas Byrne is a native of Ontario, and received his education at McGill University, York University and the University of Oxford. For twenty years, he worked in London as a lawyer and banker. His novels raise questions about today's controversial political and social issues. Byrne's writing has roots in his extensive study of philosophy, mythology and religion. He counts Joseph Conrad, Thomas Mann, James Joyce, Franz Kafka, John le Carré among his literary influences; Friedrich Nietzsche, Gilles Deleuze, Charles Taylor, Murray Bookchin among his philosophical influences. Byrne resides in Sweden with his wife and two sons."