Melbourne born author Geoff McGeachin has spent much of his working life as a photographer with his career taking him all over the world including stints living in Los Angeles, New York and Hong Kong. Now based in Sydney he teaches photography and writes. His first novel, FAT, FIFTY & F***ED! won the inaugural Australian Popular Fiction Competition and was published by Penguin in August 2004. Described by the Sunday Tasmanian as “one of the most exhilarating debut novels in many moons…wildly imaginative, irreverent, bitingly funny, beautifully paced and populated by the sort of characters we’d all love to know”, it continues to entertain and amuse Australian and international readers. Geoff followed this up with the hilarious adventure thriller D-E-D DEAD! which introduced Alby Murdoch – Australian secret agent and international photographer – a man with a taste for good coffee, fine food and interesting women and described by the Sunday Age as “a genuine action hero, with a truly Australian irreverence”. D-E-D DEAD! published by Penguin/Viking and nominated for a Ned Kelly Award in 2006 was followed in 2007 by SENSITIVE NEW AGE SPY, also nominated for a Ned Kelly Award and described by the Sunday Tasmanian as “cheekier than a runway full of g-string models”. A third Alby Murdoch adventure DEAD AND KICKING hit the bookstores in January 2009 to more excellent reviews. Geoff’s fifth novel THE DIGGERS REST HOTEL set in 1947 rural Australia marked a change of tone and introduced Charlie Berlin a detective emotionally scarred by his experiences as a WW2 bomber pilot and POW. THE DIGGERS REST HOTEL was reviewed as ‘a feisty, beautifully researched thriller … shot through with brilliant insights and great dialogue… fitfully lit by explosive flashbacks to battle in the air,’ and was one of ten titles selected for the State Library of Victoria’s 2010/2011 Summer Reads Program. In 2011 it was announced as the winner of the Crime Writers of Australia’s NED KELLY AWARD for best Crime Fiction. BLACKWATTLE CREEK, a second Charlie Berlin mystery, will be published by Penguin/Viking in May 2012.