The author is a chemist with a career in the environmental sciences that spans nearly fifty years. He has co-authored dozens of research papers and a book, “Third Century of Biochemical Oxygen Demand”. He also served on the editorial board for “Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater” for two editions. He is a lifelong boater, fisherman, diver and avid explorer of Baja. “The Devil’s Trade” is his first foray into the fictional noise in is head.