Barry Maitland was born in Scotland and grew up in London. He pursued a career in architecture, writing a number of books on architecture and urban design. In 1984, he emigrated to Australia, where he took up the position of Dean of the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Newcastle in New South Wales. He retired from the University to write full time in 2000. He lives in Australia. The first of his crime novels was published in 1994. They feature Detective Chief Inspector David Brock and his colleague, Detective Sergeant Kathy Kolla, and are set in London.
Murder, fundamentalism, intrigue - and that's just the start of Babel, Maitland's sixth gripping mystery in the bestselling Brock and Kolla series.; Professor Springer, one of Britain's leading and most outspoken philosophers, is dramatically gunned down on the steps of his own university. Detective Chief Inspector David Brock, appointed to the case, must begin without his partner, the intuitive Detective Sergeant Kathy Kolla, who is slowly conquering her own demons after a horrific attack by a psychopath. Professor Springer was well-known for his stand against fundamentalism, but was that reason enough to kill him?
David Brock starts looking for answers in London's Arab communities causing a public relations nightmare. Suspicions also fall on the dangerously competitive factions within the university as it becomes obvious that there was no love lost between Springer and Dr Haygill, the professor of genetics, the man Springer called a latter-day Dr Mengele . And then Kathy Kolla, avidly following the case at home, becomes unavoidably involved in the pursuit of the murderer. Brock and Kolla must work closer than ever before, sifting through the clues to find the real killer before greed and fanaticism explode into violence.