Jon Cleary (1917–2010) was an acclaimed, prolific and internationally bestselling author. The Sundowners (1952), published two years after Just Let Me Be, shot Cleary to global fame when it was adapted into the film of the same name starring Deborah Kerr, Robert Mitchum and Peter Ustinov. His other books include High Road to China (1977) and twenty Scobie Malone detective novels. Widely translated, the global sales of his books have been estimated to be over eight million. In 1995, he was the recipient of the Ned Kelly Award for Lifelong Contribution to the Crime, Mystery and Detective Genres.