Allen Wyler is a neurosurgeon who earned an international reputation for pioneering surgical techniques to record brain activity. He has served on the faculties of both the University of Washington and the University of Tennessee. In 2002 he left active practice to become Medical Director for a start-up medical technology company, Northstar Neuroscience, which went public (NSTR) in 2006. Leveraging a love for thrillers since the early ‘70s, Wyler began writing fiction in earnest and published his first book in 2005. At the end of 2007 he retired to devote full time to writing and served as Vice President of the International Thriller Writers organization for several years. He served as a judge for the Hammett Award and has been nominated twice for a Thriller Award. He now chairs the Institutional Review Board at a major medical center in Seattle where he lives with his wife.