Tom Grace, the best-selling author of the Nolan Kilkenny novels, is also an architect with a lifelong fascination with science and technology and a passion for storytelling. Grace mined his professional architectural experience with private technology companies and university research labs in crafting his first three novels, "Spyder Web," "Quantum," and "Twisted Web." His interest in space led to "Bird of Prey," and his indignation at China's persecution of Catholics who maintain allegiance to the pope inspired his fifth novel, "The Secret Cardinal." Like the hero of his novels, Grace is a University of Michigan graduate, enjoys scuba diving, martial arts, running marathons, and reading a good book. He resides with his wife and five children in Michigan.