Christopher Nicole was born in Georgetown, Guyana, 7 December 1930, of Scottish parents. He worked in the West Indies for Royal Bank of Canada for ten years. His first book was published in 1957, his first novel in 1958, and his first bestseller in 1961. He has published over 200 books, mostly novels, using several pseudonyms, and has been translated into twenty-five languages. He has two sons and three daughters, and is now living in Guernsey.