An Australian author and Journalist, he is best known for Bombs, Guns, and Knives and other crime and Vietnam War-themed books. He worked for four decades as a Writer and Editor for the Sydney Morning Herald.
He studied law at the University of Sydney and subsequently pursued a career as a Journalist.
His life was featured in a 2012 episode of ABC TV's Australian Story.
His grandfather, E.E. Hynes, was a Methodist minister.
He and crime fiction Writer Jennifer Rowe both attended the University of Sydney.