Cormac Millar lives in Dublin where, as Cormac Ó Cuilleanáin, he teaches Italian at Trinity College, Ireland's oldest and finest university. A translator and academic author, he took to crime in his middle years. His first novel, An Irish Solution, was published by Penguin Ireland in 2004, and was generally well received, with a fair sprinkling of critical acclaim. A fatter novel, The Grounds, appeared in Spring 2006; it is set in a remarkably dysfunctional Irish university invented half a century ago by the author's mother. People were very nice about it. A third novel, tackling an ambitious political theme, has been stalled; Cormac is currently working - with gathering momentum - on another Dublin-based crime story. And he has recently had the pleasure of patiucipating in the Sister Caravaggio project.