According to the bio on Amazon: "Before becoming a writer, Michael Ridpath used to work as a bond trader in the City of London. After writing eight financial thrillers, which were published in over 30 languages, he began the Magnus Iceland Mystery series, featuring the Icelandic detective Magnus Jonson. He has also written two spy novels set at the beginning of World War II and a stand-alone novel, "Amnesia", set in Scotland. Michael is a former Vice Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association. He lives in London."