E.V. Thompson was born in London, After spending nine years in the Royal Navy, he served as a Vice Squad policeman in Bristol, became an investigator for British Overseas Airways (during which time he was seconded to the Hong Kong Police Narcotics Bureau), then headed Rhodesia's Department of Civil Aviation Security Section. While in Rhodesia, he published over two hundred short stories before moving back to England to become a full-time award-winning writer. His first novel, Chase the Wind, the opening book in the Retallick saga, won the Best Historical Novel Award, and since then more than thirty novels have won him thousands of admirers around the world.
"A vigorous and fascinating piece of storytelling from the pen of a world-class professional" - The Sunday Times "A crowded, vigorous and evocative novel linking East and West" -The Yorkshire Post "Mr Thompson has the verbal photography of Ernest Hemingway" - The Cornish Guardian "An entertaining and enjoyable read" - The Historical Novels Review "A story-teller of power and enormous panache" - The Cornishman "His many fans won't be disappointed." - Bristol Evening News