Eric Van Lustbader (he dropped his middle name Van, for several years due to a confusion about his last name) was born and raised in Greenwich Village. He is the author of more than twenty best-selling novels, including 'The Ninja', in which he introduced Nicholas Linnear, one of modern fiction's most loved and enduring heroes, 'Black Heart', 'Angel Eyes', 'The Kaisho', 'Floating City', 'Second Skin', and 'Dark Homecoming'.
His novels have been translated into twenty languages; his books are best-sellers worldwide and are so popular whole sections of bookstores from Bangkok to Dublin are devoted to them.
He is a graduate of Columbia College, with a degree in Sociology. Before turning to writing full time, he enjoyed highly successful careers in the New York City public school system, where he holds licenses in both elementary and early childhood education, and in the music business, where he worked for Elektra Records and CBS Records, among other companies.