William Burton McCormick is a Shamus, Derringer, and Claymore awards finalist whose fiction regularly appears in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, The Saturday Evening Post, Black Mask and elsewhere. He is a graduate of Brown University, earned an MA in Novel Writing from the University of Manchester (UK) and was elected a Hawthornden Writing Fellow in Scotland. His historical novel of the Baltic Republics, LENIN’S HAREM, was the first work of fiction added to the permanent library at the Latvian War Museum in Rīga. A native of Nevada, William lived more than a decade in Latvia, Estonia and Ukraine, the key settings of KGB BANKER.
John Christmas is a former banker whose banking career ended when his whistleblowing against his employer was covered up by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He earned a BA at Dartmouth College and an MBA at Cornell University. He has lived in the United States, Latvia, Spain, United Kingdom, and Malta. He wrote the dystopian novel DEMOCRACY SOCIETY which was released in 2011. Now he enjoys time reading, writing, and boating in Europe. His experiences as a whistleblower inspired KGB BANKER.