John Burdett was born in Southampton, England hours after his mother got off a ship from Canada. As a result, he has been a victim of the travel bug all his life. France was the first foreign country he visited when his parents took him to Provence at the age of 12. Since then he has revisited countless times and has owned a house there for over a decade. He now divides his time between Bangkok, Thailand and Le Lot, France. He has published five novels, including Bangkok 8, Bangkok Tattoo, and Bangkok Haunts, all available in French and other languages.