Scott Bainbridge is one of New Zealand's foremost investigative true crime authors. His fascination with missing persons cases was born out of overhearing a conversation between his parents about the case of teenage hitchhiker Mona Blades. Since then, he has spent many thousands of hours investigating the cases of missing people, with his work leading to several cold cases being reopened. His most recent book, The Missing Files, was released in July 2018. This is his seventh book.