MIKE NICOL is an author, journalist, editor and a teacher of creative and non-fiction narrative writing. His recent novels include the crime thrillers Payback, Killer Country, and Black Heart (collected as The Revenge Trilogy), Of Cops & Robbers, Power Play and Agents of the State. His thrillers have all featured on the KrimiZeit Top 10 in Germany and he has been shortlisted for the VN Thriller of the Year award in Holland and the Prix SNCF Du Polar in France. His non-fiction includes memoirs, biographies and reportage. He has also published two volumes of poetry.