M. J. Polelle is a Harvard Law School graduate, an emeritus professor of the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, and an award-winning legal writer. He honed his fiction writing at the summer writers' workshop of the University of Iowa and the Writers' Loft in Chicago. Polelle's passion for Italy has led him to travel there numerous times, including to direct a summer law program in Parma. He speaks Italian and was a columnist for Fra Noi, an Italian-American newspaper in Chicago. This is his first novel. He lives in Sarasota, Florida.