Novelist John Straley has worked as a secretary, horseshoer, wilderness guide, trail crew foreman, millworker, machinist and private investigator. He moved to Sitka, Alaska in 1977 and has no plans of leaving. John's wife, Jan Straley, is a marine biologist well-known for her extensive studies of humpback whales.
John's first book, THE WOMAN WHO MARRIED A BEAR was published in 1993 and won the Shamus Award for the Best First Mystery of that year. His third book, THE MUSIC OF WHAT HAPPENS won the 1997 Spotted Owl Award for Best Northwest Mystery.