Craig Smith lives with his wife Martha in Lucerne, Switzerland. He is the author of The Painted Messiah, The Blood Lance, Cold Rain and Every Dark Place published by Myrmidon Books. Cold Rain is one of four books shortlisted for the Specsavers CWA Ian Fleming Thriller of the Year 2011. His first novel, published in the UK and Australia as Silent She Sleeps and subsequently in the US as The Whisper of Leaves, won the bronze medal in the mystery category of ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Awards. Smith holds a doctorate of philosophy from the University of Southern Illinois. His hobbies include reading, mountain hiking, travel, and the occasional game of bridge.