About the Author
Born in Manchester in 1960, R. N. Morris now lives in North London with his wife and two young children. The Cleansing Flames is the latest in a series of St Petersburg novels revolving around the character of Porfiry Petrovich. Previous books in the series are A Gentle Axe, A Vengeful Longing which was shortlisted for the 2008 CWA Duncan Lawrie Prize for best Crime Novel and highly commended in the CWA Ellis Peters Award for Best Historical Crime Novel 2008. the third book A Razor Wrapped in Silk was published in 2010. Taking Comfort was published by Macmillan under the name Roger Morris in 2006.