Juan Bolea (Spain, 1952) has a degree in History and Geography, though he has been working as a journalist for twenty years. He started his literary career with the short novel El palacio de los jardines oblicuos (The Palace of the Slanting Gardens), which received the Ciudad de Alcalá Award in 1981. Then he published two novels that were highly acclaimed by the critics: Mulata (Mulata, Mira 1992), set in Castro´s Cuba, and El color del Índico (The Color of the Indian Ocean, Rey Lear 1996/2008), which takes place in Africa. While directing cultural affairs for the city of Zaragoza, he promoted rock concerts –an experience from which he drew the inspiration for writing: El manager (The Manager, Ediciones B 2001). With Los hermanos de la costa (TheBrothers from the Coast,Ediciones B 2005), Bolea began the successful series protagonizing the deputy inspector Martina de Santo, which was followed-up with La mariposa de obsidiana (The Obsidian Butterfly, Ediciones B 2006),Crímenes para una exposición (Crimes for an Exhibition, Ediciones B 2007), Un asesino irresistible (An Irresistible Assasin,Ediciones B 2009) and Orquídeas negras (Black Orchids, Espasa Calpe 2010). With his novel La melancolía de los hombres pájaro (The Birdmen´s Sadness, Martínez Roca 2011) he won the II Premio Abogados de Novela (The II Novel Lawyers Award). His latest novel is El síndrome de Jerusalén (The Jerusalem Syndrome, Ediciones B 2016).