<b>William Deverell</b>’s first novel, <i>Needles</i>, won the $50,000 Seal Award, and, since then, he has published one work of non-fiction, <i>Fatal Cruise</i>, and ten further novels, including <i>Trial of Passion</i>, winner of the Hammett Prize for literary excellence in crime writing and Canada’s Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel. Deverell created the popular CBC Television series <i>Street Legal</i> and recreated its characters in a novel by that title. He is a founding member and past-president of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, a member of PEN Canada, the Screen Writers Guild, and has twice been chair of the Writers’ Union of Canada. He winters in Costa Rica and spends his summers on Pender Island in B.C.