Costas Pavlou was born in Ioannina in February 1980. He has studied Economics at the American College of Greece (DEREE), where he graduated in 2002. His first novel The Balancers came out in 2014. There followed The Jeweller in 2016 and The Doge in 2019. The Flying Dutch is his fourth detective story. He lives in Ioannina and is married with two children.