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Megan Abbott, author of You Will Know Me, has written eight novels. She received her doctorate in English and American literature from New York University. Currently living in New York City, she is a staff writer on HBO’s forthcoming David Simon show, The Deuce.
Bill Beverly grew up in Kalamazoo, Mich., and studied at Oberlin College and the University of Florida. He teaches American literature and writing at Trinity University in Washington, D.C. Dodgers is his first novel.
Leone Ciporin is the author of four mini-mysteries in Woman’s World magazine, two stories in the Chesapeake Crimes series from Wildside Press, and a story in The Hook. When she’s not writing mysteries, she’s a manager at State Farm.
Julia Dahl, author of Conviction, is a journalist specializing in crime and justice. Her first novel, Invisible City, was named one of the Boston Globe‘s Best Books of 2014 and was nominated for an Edgar Award.
Diane Fanning, author of Treason in the Secret City, is the author of fourteen true crime books and eleven crime novels. She has appeared on the Today Show, 48 Hours, 20/20, the Biography Channel, Investigation Discovery, E! and the BBC.
Emily Gadek is the associate producer for BackStory with the American History Guys, and a lifelong nut for the written word.
John Hart is the author of Redemption Road as well as four previous New York Times bestsellers, The King of Lies, Down River, The Last Child, and Iron House. He is the only author in history to win the Edgar Award for Best Novel consecutively.
Con Lehane, author of Murder at the 42nd Street Library, is also the author of a series featuring New York City bartender Brian McNulty and most recently a story, “Stella by Starlight,” in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. He teaches fiction writing at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Md.
Diane Les Becquets is the author of Breaking Wild, an Indie Bound bestseller and recipient of the 2016 New Hampshire Outstanding Fiction Award. She is a faculty member of the fiction and nonfiction MFA program at Southern New Hampshire University and an avid outdoorswoman.
Ed Lin, author of Incensed, is a native New Yorker of Taiwanese and Chinese descent. He is the author of six books and lives in Brooklyn with his wife, actress Cindy Cheung, and son.
Laura Lippman, New York Times bestselling author of Wilde Lake, began writing novels while working as a full-time journalist, publishing seven books before leaving daily journalism in 2001.
Her Tess Monaghan books have been awarded the Edgar, Anthony, and Agatha Awards, among many others. Lippman lives in Baltimore with her husband, David Simon, and their daughter.
Greer Macallister, author of Girl in Disguise, was raised in the Midwest, is a poet, short story writer, playwright, and novelist. Her debut novel The Magician’s Lie, was a weekly or monthly pick by Indie Next, LibraryReads, People magazine, SheReads, PopSugar, Publishers Weekly, the Boston Globe, and Audible.com.
Terrence P. McCauley is a writer of crime fiction and thrillers. His most recent techno-thriller, A Murder of Crows, the sequel to Sympathy for the Devil, was published in July 2016. His short story “El Cambalache” was nominated for the International Thriller Writer’s annual Thriller Award in 2016.
Sean McFate, author of Shadow War, is a professor at the National Defense University and Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. McFate was a paratrooper and a manager for a private military company. His debut thriller is based on those experiences.
Steph Post, author of Lightwood, is a recipient of the Patricia Cornwell Scholarship for creative writing from Davidson College and the Vereen Bell writing award for fiction. She holds a master’s degree in graduate liberal studies from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
Michael Robertson is the author of The Baker Street Jurors, the most recent novel in The Baker Street Letters series. Mr. Robertson lives in San Clemente, California.
Randall Silvis, author of Two Days Gone, has written more than a dozen novels, a story collection, and a book of narrative nonfiction. His essays, articles, poems, and short stories have appeared in various online and print magazines, and his work has been translated into ten languages.
Michael Sims, author of Arthur and Sherlock: Conan Doyle and the Creation of Holmes, also wrote The Story of Charlotte’s Web, The Adventures of Henry Thoreau, and other books. He edits The Connoisseur’s Collection series of Victorian anthologies and has edited The Penguin Book of Victorian Women in Crime and The Penguin Book of Gaslight Crime.
Bradley Spinelli is the author of the novels The Painted Gun and Killing Williamsburg and the writer-director of the film #AnnieHall, which The Village Voice called “fascinating.” He contributes regularly to Bedford + Bowery and lives in Brooklyn.
David O. Stewart is the author of The Babe Ruth Deception, The Wilson Deception, The Lincoln Deception, and several works of history, most recently Madison’s Gift: Five Partnerships That Built America, which have been awarded the Washington Writing Award and the Society of the Cincinnati History Prize. He lives in Maryland.