Authors: Ken Bruen
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is the author of the award-winning Terry Orr series, which includes
Hard, Hard City,
winner of the Gumshoe Award for Best Novel of 2004, as well as
Closing Time, A Well-Known Secret,
He also writes for
The Wall Street Journal
and is a contributor to National Public Radio’s
All Things Considered.
lives in New Jersey, where he works as a telephone technician and writes crime stories. Third-generation Irish, English was his grandparent’s second language and he hopes to one day stride the streets of Dublin, a city that lives large in his imagination as his ancestrial homeland.
is a Baltimore writer best known for her series about Baltimore-based P.I. Tess Monaghan. She has also written two stand-alone novels,
Every Secret Thing
To the Power of Three.
reporter for twelve years, she has written for the
New York Times
and Slate.com. Her work has won virtually all the major prizes given to U.S. crime writers, including the Edgar, Anthony, Agatha, Shamus, and Nero Wolfe.
was a contributor to the 2004
New York Times
Secrets of the Code
. His short stories and articles have appeared in the
and the Australia-based
. Another short story won the 2005
Philadelphia City Paper
mystery fiction contest. He is also the author of
Art in the Blood
, a collection of interviews conducted with twenty top crime fiction writers.
was born in Ireland and has lived in England, Canada, and the U.S.A. Formerly a banker, he now lives in Connemara, in the west of Ireland. He is the author of two novels,
The Circle of Sodom
Blood Red Square
. His poetry and other work appears frequently in The Dublin Writers’ Workshop (www.dublinwriters.org). For more information, visit him at
work has been influenced by the likes of Ralph Ellison, Rod Serling, and Stan Lee. With Jervey Tervalon, he coedited the acclaimed anthology
The Cocaine Chronicles
for Akashic Books. His story in this anthology is a prequel in the life of protagonist Zelmont Raines who previously appeared in the crime novel,
And taking his cues from Zelmont, Phillips is busy hustling his next writing gig.
is the twenty-seven-year-old author of
The Touch of Ghosts.
He writes full-time and lives in the UK. He drinks an obscene amount of Guinness.
is the Shamus Award–winning author of
Death’s Little Helpers
, both of which feature private investigator John March. He currently resides in Connecticut, where he is at work on another March novel.
is the author of seven noir crime novels, which are published in ten languages. His novel
was an Anthony Award finalist and a Barry Award winner. He lives with his wife and daughter in New York City.
has been nominated for numerous awards, including the Edgar and the Dagger. His most recent novel is
36 Yalta Boulevard
. He lives in Budapest.
recent crime thriller
features a mute Irish getaway driver named Lennon. As his last name indicates, he’s not exactly Irish, but his wife and kids are. And that’s good enough for him. His other books include
Secret Dead Men
The Big Book O’ Beer.
Visit him at
is a former “knockaround guy” who spent eighteen years working the streets of New York while trying to break into the crime fiction business. He’s done everything from window cleaning (for ten years) on scaffolds high atop New York City skyscrapers to word processing to collecting for loansharks and running a bookmaking office. He’s not as cute as Rocky Balboa, but he has a beautiful wife and doggie.
is the crime fiction columnist for the
and the editor of the literary blog “Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind.” Her work has appeared in many venues, including the
Globe and Mail,
Philadelphia City Paper.
“Hen Night” was inspired by a trip to Dublin during the 2003 Bank Holiday weekend, after which she vowed never to go back to Temple Bar.
studied Politics & International Relations at Lancaster and is a member of Chatham House, the institute for international affairs in London. His novels include
For the Dogs
, and he’s a regular contributor of short stories to
Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine.
His story for this collection is, he tells us, semi-autobiographical, though he refuses to elaborate further.