Stephen Johnson is a former journalist who writes crime and historical fiction in Auckland. Tugga’s Mob, inspired by three seasons as a tour guide in Europe, was a finalist in the 2020 Ngaio Marsh Awards for Best First Novel. Boxed, is set in the world of animal rights activism and the media. Peace Stick goes behind the Iron Curtain during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. His new thriller, Kaikōura Rendezvous, is the third in the Spotlight Mystery series.