Tarquin Hall is a writer and journalist who has lived and worked in much of South Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the US. He is the author of several non-fiction works, including Mercenaries, Missionaries and Misfits: Adventures of an Under-Age Journalist; To the Elephant Graveyard; and Salaam Brick Lane: A Year in the New East End, and has contributed to The Times, Observer, Telegraph, and New Statesman. He is also the author of the Vish Puri detective stories, including The Case of the Missing Servant and The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing. He first went to India in the mid-1990s where he met his wife, journalist Anu Anand. They live in Dehli with their two children.