Vanda Symon is a crime writer, TV presenter and radio host from Dunedin, New Zealand, and the chair of the Otago Southland branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors. The Sam Shephard series has climbed to number one on the New Zealand bestseller list, and also been shortlisted for the Ngaio Marsh Award for best crime novel. She currently lives in Dunedin, with her husband and two sons.
"A sassy heroine, fabulous sense of place, and rip-roaring stories with a twist." --Kate Mosse, author, Languedoc Trilogy "Vanda Symon is part of a new wave of Kiwi crime writers . . . her talent for creating well-rounded characters permeates throughout." --Crimewatch "Finally, UK readers get to discover New Zealand's own Queen of Crime. Vanda Symon is a big talent and everything she writes is fast, intelligent and utterly gripping. In Sam Shephard, Symon has created a compelling series lead, and her treatment of small-town New Zealand is superbly atmospheric. This one's a cracker." --Liam McIlvanney, author, Conway Trilogy "[A] crime novel with many layers...A fine thriller by a writer who deserves a larger audience in the U.S." -- Booklist Online Exclusive "Atmospheric, emotional, and gripping, The Ringmaster proves that Sam Shephard will continue to be a force to be reckoned with." -- Foreword Reviews "A rollicking good read." --Sunday Star Times "One of the best in this genre that I've read in years." --Waikato Times "Lively evocation of small-town life, with a plot that grabs the reader's attention with a heart-stopping opening and doesn't let go." --Times