John Lathrop has been an expatriate for much of his life. Born in
Michigan, as a child his family moved to Australia for three years.
Following a four-year enlistment in the Air Force, he attended
university in Los Angeles, then spent time in the southern Philippines
in the US Peace Corps. This was followed by almost fifteen years in
the Middle East, primarily Saudi Arabia. Usually involved in training
operations, he worked for government ministries, military contractors,
government-owned industry, and private business. He now calls Calgary,
Canada, home. The expatriate life and foreign environments form the
settings of Lathrop’s work. His themes and characters are contemporary. The Desert Contract is his first novel.