Chris Laing is a native of Hamilton, Ontario. He worked in private business for 20 years before joining the Federal Public Service, where he served in the Department of the Secretary of State and National Museums of Canada until his retirement.
In the past number of years he has expanded his long-time interest in detective stories from that of avid reader to writing in this genre. His short stories have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine and Hammered Out as well as a number of online journals. His collection of short stories about growing up in Hamilton during World War II, West End Kid: Tales from the Forties, was self-published in 2013 through Smashwords. com and is available as an e-book from online retailers.
His first novel, A Private Man, was published by Seraphim Editions in 2012 and was a Finalist for the Arthur Ellis Award — Best First Crime Novel in 2013, the Bloody Words Bony Blithe Award and a Hamilton Arts Council Literary Award.
His second novel in the Max Dexter, private detective, series, A Deadly Venture, has just been published by Seraphim Editions.
He now lives in Kingston, Ontario with his wife, artist Michèle LaRose.