Unni Lindell is a Norwegian author from Oslo. Since 1986, she has published novels, short fiction, poems, and children’s literature, in addition to her bestselling crime fiction. Her 1996 novel, Serpentarius (Slangebæreren), marked the first appearance of her fictional detective, Cato Isaksen. The Isaksen series has so far comprised ten novels, in addition to several film adaptations. Among her many prizes and awards is the 1999 Riverton Prize, Norway’s highest honor for crime literature, for her novel The Dream Catcher (Drømmefangeren). “Red as Blood” (“Rødt som blod”) appeared in her 2015 story collection, My Mother Has a Pair of Scissors in Her Back (Min mor har en saks i ryggen).