Peter Corris’s first novel was published in 1980 and he has been a full-time writer since 1982. Through the 1950s, 60s and 70s, the Australian crime story was in the hands of writers producing mass market pulp novelettes. Although written in Australia, these stories usually had pseudo American or British settings. Peter Corris is credited with reviving the fully-fledged Australian crime novel with local settings and reference points and with a series character firmly rooted in Australian culture – Cliff Hardy. Peter has written over 40 Cliff Hardy novels. He has won the Ned Kelly Award for Crime Writing Lifetime Achievement Award.
Peter has a Master's degree and a PhD in history. He was literary editor of The National Times from in the 1980s and writes the regular 'Godfather' column and book reviews for the Newtown Review of Books.
He is married to writer Jean Bedford and they have three daughters. He lives in Sydney.