Daniel Gaultney earned music education degrees at Florida State and Valdosta State Universities. A career music educator, he has served as an adjudicator and clinician at various instrumental music events in the southeast. His performing bands received consistently high ratings at many instrumental music festivals throughout his 35-year career. He is an avid collector of jazz recordings, especially those of the Big Band Era. His previous novels are The Echo of Death and The Dark Father. He resides in Thomasville, Georgia.