Thomas Perry was born in Tonawanda, New York in 1947. He received a B.A. from Cornell University in 1969 and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Rochester in 1974. He has worked as a park maintenance man, factory laborer, commercial fisherman, university administrator and teacher, and a writer and producer of prime time network television shows. He lives in Southern California with his wife and two daughters.
Thomas Perry is the bestselling author of over twenty novels, including The Butcher's Boy, which won the prestigious Edgar Award. Metzger's Dog, Strip, and The Informant were all named New York Times Notable Books, and Vanishing Act was named by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association as one of their "100 Favorite Mysteries of the Twentieth Century."