Eoin McNamee was born in Kilkeel, County Down, in 1961. His first book, the novella The Last of Deeds, was shortlisted for the Irish Times Literature Prize. His novels include Resurrection Man (1996), The Blue Tango (2001), The Ultras (2004), 12:23 (2007) and Orchid Blue (2010). He also writes under the name John Creed. He lives in County Sligo.