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Born in Boston, I have lived in New York City off and on since high school. As a sportswriter I had a therapy session with Mike Tyson's hypnotist and broke my arm profiling pro arm wrestlers for the Village Voice; I have written Op-Eds for both the NY Times and Wall Street Journal, was an editor ...

What was your first job as a journalist?

The free Brooklyn Paper let me cover "Meet Congressman Schumer" night. It rained so hard I got an exclusive and the front page.

Have you ever used a typewriter?

Yes, I learned to type on my dad's Selectric. My kids love the old 1930s typewriter I keep; it seems edgy and beautiful

Did you work for your high school newspaper? If so, what did you do there?

My high school had a literary magazine, which I renamed Stet, showing perhaps that it was already too late for me to be anything but a writer


Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allen Poe Award nominee, 2015

2015 - Best non-fiction
Nominee for Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allen Poe Award, as well as for the Anthony Award and International Mystery Readers' Macavity Award.