Allan Guthrie was born in Orkney, but has lived in Edinburgh for most of his adult life. His first novel, Two-Way Split, won the 2007 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. His second novel, Kiss Her Goodbye, was nominated for Edgar, Anthony and Gumshoe awards. He is also the author of the novels Hard Man and Savage Night. His other Barrington Stoke title is Kill Clock. Allan lives in Edinburgh.