Thomas Ross (b. 1944) is a pseudonym of W.P. Hogendoorn. He studied history and trained as a journalist, going on to work as a reporter for various newspapers and television stations. His first novel Dogs of Treason (De honden van het verraad) was published in 1980 – a political thriller about the Mollucan struggle for independence, a legacy from the Netherlands’ colonial past. This highly praised debut is typical of Ross’ work: thrillers that are based on thorough research. Since his debut, Ross has published a new novel every year, sometimes two, so far some 30 altogether.
Three novels have been awarded the Golden Noose, the prize for best Dutch thriller. He has also published countless articles and several non-fiction books on the Dutch internal security service, the business world and Dutch politics, as well as writing scripts for television dramas, including In the Interest of the State (In het belang van de staat), which won him the Golden Calf in 1997.