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Don DeBrandt is a Canadian author who also writes under the pen-names Donn Cortez and DD Barant. Born in Saskatchewan, he currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. In addition to North America, his books have been published in Germany, France, Italy, and Russia. His influences include Spider Robinson and John D. MacDonald, among others.

As DeBrandt, he has written numerous essays, short stories, plays and comics. His first novel, the cyberpunk The Quicksilver Screen was part of Del Rey Books' 'Discovery' line, and featured a cover by classic Science-Fiction painter Vincent Di Fate. This was followed by work for Marvel Comics and a novel in the series of book tie-ins for the Angel TV series. As Donn Cortez, he took a darker turn for The Closer, a hard-edged story about a serial killer hunting other serial killers.

His follow-up, The Man Burns Tonight (set at Burning Man) was more of a classic mystery. This was followed in rapid succession by five CSI: Miami tie-in novels and two CSI: Vegas novels.He has also contributed numerous pop-culture essays to BenBella’s SmartPop anthologies, on subjects such as Angel, Firefly, The Golden Compass, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, King Kong, the X-Men, Star Wars, and Star Trek.

He was the guest editor (as well as a contributor) to the essay anthology Investigating CSI. In 2009, DeBrandt began writing a series of Urban Fantasy thrillers entitled The Bloodhound Files, using the pen-name 'DD Barant' to distinguish the lighter tone of the books from his work as Cortez.

Dying Bites was released in July 2009, with the follow-up, Death Blows, out in 2010. Killing Rocks was released late 2010, Better Off Dead in 2011, and Back From the Undead on March 27th, 2012. The sixth and final installment, Undead To The World, will be published later this year.

He is currently working on a new paranormal series, entitled The Whisky, Tango and Foxtrot Mysteries.