Born in Paris, Jean-Christophe Grangé must be considered to be one of the most exiting authors of the new French Polar (the French name for crime/detective fiction) scene. Until he started writing fiction Grangé wrote for quite a considerable amount of magazines all over the world before becoming an independent international reporter and setting up his own news agency. Grangé's first book, "The flight of the storks" (1994), was almost ignored unlike the second one: "Blood-red rivers" (1998). Despite coming on the market very quietly, it became an international best-seller and later a movie as well as triggering sales for his first book. Grangé's third effort "The Stone Council" has recently been translated into English.