Simon Lewis was born in Wales in 1971. His first novel Go (1999) was published by a small press and then picked up by Corgi. It sold more than 40,000 copies and led Simon into work as a film screenwriter. A fluent Mandarin speaker, he has also co-authored the Rough Guide to China. Simon chose to set his debut crime fiction novel Bad Traffic (2007) among the exploited Chinese workers smuggled into Britain. He currently lives in Brixton and Shanghai.