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 as a writer and producer of prime time network television shows. Thomas Perry is the best-selling author of 25 novels, including the critically acclaimed Jane Whitefield series. His novel "The Butcher’s Boy" won the Edgar Award.