Craig Russell was born in Fife, Scotland, and has worked as a police officer, an advertising agency proofreader and a creative director.
He is the author of the successful series starring Jan Fabel, which is set in Hamburg and of which Roca Editorial has published five novels: Death in Hamburg, A Tale of Death, Resurrection, The Lord of the Carnival and The Revenge of the Valkyrie. In 2007, he was awarded the prestigious Polizeistern (Police Star) prize by the Hamburg Police and has been the only foreign author to receive this award. In 2008, he won the CWA Dagger in the Library for his Fabel series and, in 2015, the McIlvanney Prize for The Ghosts of Altona. He has also been a finalist, among other awards, for the CWA Duncan Lawrie Golden Dagger, the most important distinction in the world for writers of black series, as well as the SNCF Prix Polar in France.
Russell is also the author of the black series starring Detective Lennox. His work has been translated into twenty-five languages and has been adapted for the screen on several occasions. His latest novel, The Devil's Face, has been selected for the 2019 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize.