Kenneth Fearing (1902-1961) was born in Oak Park, Illinois. Voted wittiest boy and class pessimist in high school, he moved to New York City after graduating from the University of Wisconsin. He published several well-received volumes of poetry in addition to his books. THE BIG CLOCK is his most famous novel and was filmed twice, first in 1948, and then again in 1987.
One of the most distinguished crime writers of her generation, Elizabeth Ferrars (1907-1995) was born in Rangoon and came to Britain at the age of six. She was a pupil at Bedales school between 1918 and 1924, studied journalism at London University and published her first crime novel, Give a Corpse a Bad Name, in 1940, the year that she met her second husband, academic Robert Brown. Highly praised by critics, her brand of intelligent, gripping mysteries beloved by readers, she wrote over seventy novels and was also published (as E. X. Ferrars) in the States, where she was equally popular. Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine described her as as 'the writer who may be the closest of all to Christie in style, plotting and general milieu', and the Washington Post called her 'a consummate professional in clever plotting, characterization and atmosphere'. She was a founding member of the Crime Writers' Association, who, in the early 1980s, gave her a lifetime achievement award.
In addition to fiction, Finder continues to write extensively on espionage and international affairs relations for THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE WASHINGTON POST, and THE NEW REPUBLIC. He lives in Boston with his wife and daughter.
Joan Fleming (1908-1980) was one of the most original and literate crime writers of her generation. Born in Lancashire and educated at Lausanne University she became the wife of a Harley Street eye surgeon and mother of four, and was already a successful children's author before she turned to crime. She is the author of over thirty novels and won the CWA Gold Dagger in 1962 for When I Grow Rich and again in 1970 for Young Man, I Think You're Dying. The Deeds of Dr Deadcert was made into the 1958 film Rx for Murder.
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.
James Frain starred in the BBC TV adaptation of William Boyd's Armadillo and the films Shadowlands, Hilary And Jackie and Elizabeth. He has been a regular on the stage in the UK appearing with the Royal Shakespeare Company and Royal Court Theatre as well as on the West End. He has also appeared on Broadway and was a recipient of the 2007 Drama Desk Critics Award for Best Ensemble along with the rest of the cast of The Homecoming. James has also appeared in 24, Gray's Anatomy and True Blood but is best known for playing Thomas Cromwell, in the Showtime series, The Tudors.