Craig Smith holds a doctorate of philosophy from the University of Southern Illinois and is a former professor of English and Humanities at the University of North Colorado. His first novel, published in the UK and Australia as Silent She Sleeps and in the States as The Whisper of Leaves, won a bronze medal in ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Awards. His first action thrillers The Painted Messiah and The Blood Lance published in 2007 and 2008 have been translated into German, Italian, Greek, Turkish, Russian, Spanish Czech and Serbian and the third of this series will be released in 2010. Craig Smith lives with his wife in Lucerne, Switzerland.
"'I got paper friction burns on my fingers and pressure sores elsewhere because I could barely move until I'd finished it. Things were so tense that at several points I had to remind myself to breathe.' Dovegreyreader's literary blog 'A marvellously thrilling book... the distinction between villain and hero is constantly blurred... a most enthralling story.' Paul Doherty, author of the Hugh Corbett mysteries '...a rattling good yarn. Fast paced, exciting and very very filmic.' Random Jottings of a Book and Opera Lover"