is a reporter for the Baltimore Sun and worked in its Berlin bureau during the years of civil war in former Yugoslavia, as well as in Afghanistan during the recent conflict for the paper. His first novel, Lie in the Dark, won the CWA John Creasey award for best first crime novel in 1999 and his second novel, The Small Boat of Great Sorrows, won the 2003 CWA Steel Dagger for Thriller of the Year. His new novel, The Warlord's Son is published by Bantam Press.
Vlado Petric, an ex-detective from Sarajevo, now lives in the newly reunited Berlin and works on construction sites. It's a life, but only just. And then he goes home one night to find Calvin Pine waiting for him. Pine is from the International War Crimes Tribunal in the Hague and he wants Petric to go back to Sarajevo and help with a complex plan to effect the arrest of a Serb general implicated in the massacre at Srebenica. Petric agrees, even though he's fairly sure there's more going on than he's being allowed to know. The book has a plot as tortuous and snakelike as Balkan politics itself, and the feeling of unease, of constantly walking on shifting sands, never knowing who to trust, is palpable - a brilliant follow-up the John Creasey Dagger Award-winning Lie in the Dark.