Thomas Perry was born in York in 1947. He received a B.A. from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Rochester. He has worked as a park maintenance man, factory laborer, commercial fisherman, university administrator and teacher, and a writer and producer of prime time network television shows. Now he is the author of 20 novels, including the Edgar Award-winning The Butcher's Boy and the acclaimed Jane Whitfield series, most recently Poison Flower. He lives in Southern California.