John Leslie is the author of several mystery novels -- the Gideon Lowry Key West mysteries, among others. His latest, Hail to the Chief, is a political novel, co-authored with Carey Winfrey, and published in May 2016. Leslie grew up in the Oklahoma panhandle and south central Kansas. Besides writing, he worked on one of the last of the great cattle ranches in the Wind River Range of the Wyoming Rockies. For more than a decade he lived in Europe and the Middle East, teaching English in Italy, Libya, Saudi Arabia, and Iran. He is a graduate of Wichita State University. He currently divides his time between Key West and Sonoma, California.