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About the Author

I was born in Devon in 1961, but grew up in Yorkshire. I was educated at Millfield School in Somerset, and Merton College, Oxford, where I read History.

After University, I joined Saudi International Bank, a part-Saudi, part-American owned bank based in London. I started off my career as a credit analyst, but then became a bond trader, managing one of the largest junk bond portfolios in Europe. In 1991 I left bond trading to join Apax Partners, a venture capital firm.

My first novel, Free to Trade, was written during evenings and weekends over a four year period. When it was accepted for publication with a large advance, I gave up working in the City to become a full-time writer.

I went on to write seven more thrillers set in the worlds of business and finance, before turning my hand to something slightly different. The result, Where The Shadows Lie, the first in a series featuring an Icelandic detective named Magnus, was published in 2010. Since then 66 Degrees North, Meltwater and Sea of Stone have been published. The Wanderer is out in September 2018.

I began to write Traitor's Gate in 2005. It is a spy novel set in Berlin in 1938. After seven drafts and eight years, it was published in June 2013. A sequel, Shadows of War was published in August 2015.

Amnesia is a “stand-alone” thriller set in Scotland, published May 2017. It is about an old man who wakes up in hospital in the Highlands with a head injury. He has forgotten everything that happened to him after the age of eighteen, but soon discovers that he killed the only woman he ever loved.

I am former Vice Chair of The Crime Writers Association and a former Treasurer of the Royal Literary Fund.

I am married to Barbara, an American, and live in London. We spend as much of the summer as we can at our house in Duxbury, Massachusetts.

Please feel free to send me an e-mail if there is anything you would like to ask about my writing: comments@michaelridpath.com

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