Rik Stone grew up amidst the slum-lands of fifties North East England and left school at fifteen without academic qualifications.

He worked in the shipyards on a local river, spent time in the merchant navy, and went on to work in quarries in South East England.

The time came he yearned for change, so he began to study. Beginning with lower level stuff, he worked through to gaining a BSc. degree in mathematics and computing.

But he loved reading and because of it, fiction writing had always been his want. After an early retirement at fifty years of age, he was able to pursue the dream seriously. From that dream came his debut novel, Birth of an Assassin, the first in a series.