Torkil Damhaug (1958-) has a degree in medicine with a specialization in psychiatry. His début novel, The Flight of the Moon (Flykt, måne) caused a great stir when it was published in 1996. His Norwegian and international break-through came with the psychological thriller Death by Water (Døden ved vann) in 2009. The novel has since beenoptioned for a movie. For the novel Fireraiser (Ildmannen), Damhaug was awarded the prestigious Riverton Prize for best crime fiction novel in 2011. He was again awarded the Riverton Prize 2016 for the crime novel A Fifth Season.