Born in America to Ukrainian immigrants, Orest Stelmach spoke no English when he started his education. He went on to earn degrees from Dartmouth College and the University of Chicago. He has held a variety of jobs, including dishwasher, shelf stocker, English teacher in Japan, and international investment portfolio manager. The Treachery of Russian Nesting Dolls is his fifth novel. He lives with his wife and their rescue cat in Simsbury, Connecticut.