John Fullerton grew up in apartheid South Africa. He worked as a reporter and night news editor for the Cape Times before joining the Morning Telegraph in Sheffield. In 1981 he set off for Peshawar and worked as a freelance journalist, venturing into Afghanistan on foot and producing a non-fiction book “The Soviet occupation of Afghanistan”. For a time during the Cold War he worked on contract as a head agent for the Secret Intelligence Service, also known as MI6. In late 1983 he joined Reuters in Hong Kong and for the next twenty years worked or lived in 40 countries and covered a dozen wars. His novels include The Monkey House, A Hostile Place, This Green Land, White Boys Don’t Cry and his new dystopian crime novel, The Reticent Executioner. He lives in Scotland.