J.M. Smyth was born in Belfast, and moved to London at the age of 15. He has worked as a landscape gardener, antiques restorer, furniture maker, equeastrian gear manufacturer, horse breeder and a tomato inspector... Smyth finally came to writing – a long time ambition – whilst in hospital following an accident involving an under-sized parachute, and has been at it intermittently ever since. His first novel Quinn was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasy Memorial Dagger. Blood for Blood is his second novel, and has already been published in Japan, France and Germany.