Paul Mayersberg was born in Cambridge in 1941 and was educated at Dulwich College. During the 1960s he worked as a critic and journalist on film topics. During the 1970s and 1980s he worked as a screenwriter and his credits include The Man Who Fell To Earth and Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence. his films as writer/director are Captive (1986), Nightfall (1988) and The Last Samurai (1990). Violent Silence is his second novel. His first novel, Homme Fatale, was first published in 1991.