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Maxim Jakubowski was born in England by Russian-British and Polish parents, but raised in France. He contributes to a variety of newspapers and magazines, and was for eight years the crime columnist for Time Out and, since 2000, the crime reviewer for The Guardian. He is also the literary director of London's Crime Scene Festival and a consultant for the International Mystery Film Festival, Noir in Fest, held annually in Courmayeur, Italy.
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