Barry Lees

Barry Lees had over thirty years of experience as a police officer before becoming a crime writer. In a varied career, he encountered the best and the worst in people. Every soul had a story to tell: from the violent to the victim, the vicious to the vulnerable, and the villainous to the virtuous. 

After graduating with Honors in English and Creative Writing, and a lifetime steeped in crime, he turned from dealing with real criminals to creating fictional ones. When not writing, competing in pub quizzes, and watching team sports, he lectures in Policing and Criminology at the University of Cumbria, U.K.

Gary Earl Ross

A retired University at Buffalo professor Gary Earl Ross is an award-winning playwright, novelist, public radio commentator, and occasional actor and director. His honors include three regional Emanuel Fried Outstanding New Play Awards, a Saltonstall Foundation Playwriting Fellowship, a LIFT Fiction Fellowship, an ASI-DEC Fiction Award, two NYS AP commentary awards, and one NYS Broadcasters Association commentary award. Find out more about Gary at