RONALD H. BALSON is a Chicago trial attorney, an educator, and writer. His practice has taken him to several international venues including Poland, which served as the inspiration for his first best selling novel, Once We Were Brothers. A love of history, the Middle East, and traveling inspired his second novel, Saving Sophie. Drawing on the true life story of a Holocaust survivor, Ron wrote Karolina’s Twins, another international bestseller. His fourth book, The Trust, is a dark mystery set in the historical setting of Northern Ireland. He returns to World War II for his upcoming novel,The Girl From Berlin, due out October 9, 2018. Ron was a finalist for the Harper Lee Award for Legal Fiction in 2014 and a finalist for the Premio Bancarella Italian Literature Award. He was an honoree at the Chicago Public Library Foundation’s Carl Sandburg Literary Award dinner and is a frequent personality of radio and public television.