David Hewson is the author more more than 20 novels that have been translated into a wide range of languages, from Italian to Japanese, and range from the Copenhagen of Sara Lund in The Killing to Amsterdam with the Pieter Vos mysteries and the Italy of Nic Costa. He is also the author of an audio adaptations of Romeo and Juliet, narrated by Richard Armitage, and, with A.J. Hartley, audio adaptations of Macbeth and Hamlet. David was born in Yorkshire in 1953 and left school at the age of seventeen to work as a cub reporter on one of the smallest evening newspapers in the country in Scarborough. Eight years later he was a staff reporter on The Times in London, covering news, business and latterly working as arts correspondent. He worked on the launch of the Independent and was a weekly columnist for the Sunday Times for a decade before giving up journalism entirely in 2005 to focus on writing fiction. He has featured regularly on the speaker lists of leading international book events, including the Melbourne and Ottawa writers' festivals, the Harrogate Crime Festival, Thrillerfest, Bouchercon and Left Coast Crime. He has taught at writing schools around the world and is a regular faculty member for the Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference in Corte Madera, California, where he has worked alongside writers such as Martin Cruz Smith and Michael Connelly.