John Burley was born in Baltimore, Maryland and grew up near the Chesapeake Bay. Following college, he served as a paramedic/firefighter in a busy 911 jurisdiction just north of Washington, D.C. He later completed a graduate degree in medical pathology and attended medical school in Chicago, earning his Doctor of Medicine from Rosalind Franklin University before returning to Baltimore to complete an emergency medicine residency training program at University of Maryland Medical Center and the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.
After graduating from residency, John moved to California, where he began work on his first novel. The Absence of Mercy was published by HarperCollins in November of 2013. It received the National Black Ribbon Award in recognition of an author who brings a fresh, new voice to suspense writing.
John currently lives in the San Francisco Bay area where he works as an emergency department physician. His third novel, The Quiet Child , is scheduled for release in the United States on August 8, 2017.