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Douglas Preston was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1956, and grew
up in a suburb of Wellesley. He is an American author who has written twenty-four popular techno-thriller and horror novels, five alone and the rest with Lincoln Child. He has also authored several non-fiction books, both alone and one with Italian author Mario Spezi.
Preston attended Pomona College in Claremont, California, where he
studied mathematics, biology, physics, anthropology, chemistry, geology,
and astronomy before settling down to English literature. After
graduating, Preston began his career at the American Museum of Natural
History in New York as an editor, writer, and finally manager of
publications. Preston also taught nonfiction writing at Princeton
University and served as managing editor of Curator, a journal for museum professionals. His eight-year stint at the Museum resulted in the non-fiction book, Dinosaurs in the Attic,
edited by a rising young star at St. Martin's Press, a polymath by the
name of Lincoln Child. During this period, Preston gave Child a midnight
tour of the museum, and in the darkened Hall of Late Dinosaurs, under a
looming T. Rex, Child turned to Preston and said: “This would make the
perfect setting for a thriller!” That thriller would, of course, be Relic.
In the year 2000, Preston moved with his family to Florence, Italy, to
write a murder mystery set in Tuscany. Instead of writing the novel,
however, he became fascinated by the story of a serial killer named il
Mostro di Firenze, the Monster of Florence. He teamed up with an Italian
journalist, Mario Spezi, who was an expert on the case. In 2008 they
published a nonfiction book, The Monster of Florence, which was a huge bestseller, spending four months on the New York Times
list. The book won numerous journalism awards in both Italy and the
Preston is Co-President of International Thriller Writers and serves on
the Board of Governors of the Authors Guild. He is a Fellow of the Royal
Geographical Society and a member of the Long Rider’s Guild. In 2011,
Pomona College conferred on him the honorary degree of Doctor of