Declan Hughes was born in Dublin, where he lives with his wife and daughters. He has worked as a playwright and director and co-founded the award-winning Rough Magic Theatre Company, where he was artistic director and writer-in-residence. The first in the series of Ed Loy mysteries, The Wrong Kind of Blood
, won the Shamus Award for best first novel and the third, The Dying Breed
, was nominated for the prestigious Edgar Allan Poe award for best novel.