Peter Robert Corris is an Australian academic, historian, journalist and a novelist of historical and crime fiction. As crime fiction writer, he has been described as "the Godfather of contemporary Australian crime-writing."Barth Anderson lives in Minnesota with his wife and children. He has written short fiction in numerous publications and anthologies, and six of his stories have received honorable mentions in "The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror," He was the winner of the Spectrum Award for best short fiction in 2004. The Magician and the Fool is his second novel."From the Trade Paperback edition."