Michael Newton is a California native, born in 1951. He holds a B.A. in History and English from the University of California (1973). Newton has published 190 books since 1977, with 19 more forthcoming from various houses through 2009. His work includes 160 novels and 49 nonfiction volumes, most of them reference books pertaining to crime. Recent nonfiction works include The Encyclopedia of Kidnappings (2002), The FBI Encyclopedia (2004), The Encyclopedia of Unsolved Crimes (2005), The Encyclopedia of Conspiracies & Conspiracy Theories (2005), and The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers, 2nd ed. (2006). A full list of Newton's published and forthcoming titles may be found on his website at www.michaelnewton.homestead.com.