MICHAEL SLADE is a criminal lawyer and the author of 14 dark mystery thrillers, from HEADHUNTER (1984) to RED SNOW (2010). He was Guest of Honour at Bloody Words, Canada's crime writing convention, in Victoria in 2011, and was Guest of Honour at the World Horror Convention in Seattle in 2001. He has acted for both the defence and the prosecution in more than 100 murder cases. He argued the last death penalty case in the Supreme Court of Canada. He has been the subject of three documentaries by the CBC, including "Gzowski's People" and "The Fifth Estate." The Mounties invited Slade to their Red Serge Ball. He was guest speaker at three RCMP Regimental Dinners; the Canadian Librarians Convention; the Vancouver Magistrates Dinner; the Romance Writers of America's Convention; the Canadian Booksellers Convention; and this fall will speak to the Canadian Federation of University Women. For the past three years, he's taught "How to Write a Mystery" and "How to Write a Thriller" at Simon Fraser University and the Mystery Writers Retreat. For the past eight years, he's taught at the Surrey International Writers Conference, where he presents "Michael Slade's Shock Theatre." In the Morgue at the Slade Website - http://www.specialx.net/specialxdotnet/morgue.html - he performs an autopsy on each of his novels to show how he plots. In researching those plots, he's climbed to the top of the Great Pyramid of Cheops, almost lost his life on safari in Zimbabwe and Botswana, and descended into the secret cannibal cave of the Cook Islands.