Besides being a thriller writer, Roel Janssen (b. 1947) is also the politics and economics editor of NRC Handelsblad. He uses his journalistic knowledge to write intriguing, well-constructed novels. For example, De kloonbaby (The Cloned Baby), published in 2003, deals with new genetic techniques, and Karaktermoord (Character Assassination), published in 2005, covers free trade (with China) and technology. His financial thrillers De Struisvogel-code (The Ostrich Code), from 1997, and Het Mercatorcomplot (The Mercator Conspiracy), 2000, both received three stars in VN’s Detective & Thrillergids (thriller guide). De tiende vrouw was awarded the 2007 Golden Noose thriller prize.