Russell Atwood attended the American University of Washington, DC, where he cofounded the student magazine American Library. Afterward, he served as the managing editor of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. He has worked as an off-Broadway house manager at the Orpheum and Westwide Theatres, and also as an editor at A&E Monthly Magazine, writing the “Mystery Page” column. In 1996 he published his first mystery short story which introduced Payton Sherwood in “Ellery Queen: East of A.” Sherwood continues his adventures in Russell Atwood’s debut novel. The author lives in the East Village of New York City.