Chantal Pelletier, born in Lyon in 1949, studied psychology then began her career as a theatre actor. She co-founded the theatre company 'Trois Jeannes' in Paris and is a successful author of novels, essays, plays and film scripts. It is not unusual to find her engaged simultaneously as author, director and actor in the same project. She published her first roman noir in 1997. In 'Goat Song' she introduces Maurice Laice, the world-weary inspector of three of her crime novels. 'Goat Song' won the Grand Prix du Roman Noir.