Lawrence Osborne is the bestselling author of the novels The Forgiven and The Ballad of a Small Player. He is the author of several works of nonfiction as well, including The Wet and the Dry, an account of alcohol and drinking in the Islamic world. His article “Drinking in Islamabad,” which appeared in Playboy, was awarded a 2011 Thomas Lowell Award for travel journalism. He has been published in numerous magazines, including The New Yorker, Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, and Condé Nast Traveler, and has been a regular correspondent for Newsweek, Forbes, and the Financial Times. His short story “Volcano,” published in Tin House in 2011, was selected for inclusion in The Best American Short Stories 2012. His third novel, Hunters in the Dark, was published in 2015 and was selected by The Independent as one of the best fifteen novels of the year. His novel The Forgiven, set in Morocco, is to be adapted for the big screen.