Ian MacDonald was born in Glasgow and spent much of his youth in approved schools and prison. He ran a successful bar before being jailed in 1993 for a failed bank robbery. He has now turned his back on crime and lives quietly in his home town. David Leslie worked for the News of the World for over four decades before retiring and is now a freelance journalist and author. His other titles include the bestselling Crimelord, The Happy Dust Gang, The Gangster's Wife and The Hate Factory.