Colin MacKinnon is an American writer and the author of widely-praised novels of international intrigue.
He was born in Middletown, Ohio, and later moved to Kettering, a suburb of Dayton. He attended the College of Wooster, then the Columbia School of Journalism.
In addition to his fiction, MacKinnon has written on subjects as varied as Iranian linguistics, the history of cryptology, and Middle East trade. He and his wife Diane live near Washington, D.C.