Sandra Brown is the author of fifty-six New York Times bestsellers, including PLAY DIRTY, which was released in August 2007 by Simon & Schuster. Her other recent bestsellers include Ricochet (2006), Chill Factor (2005), White Hot (2004), Hello, Darkness (2003), The Crush (2002), Envy (2001), The Switch (2000), The Alibi (1999), Unspeakable (1998) and Fat Tuesday (1997), all of which have jumped onto the Times bestseller list in the number one to five spot.
Brown began her writing career in 1981 and since then has published seventy novels, most of which remain in print. As of 1990, when Mirror Image made The New York Times bestseller list, each subsequent novel, including reprints of earlier books, have become Times bestsellers. In 1992 her novel French Silk was made into an ABC-TV movie. Brown now has seventy million copies of her books in print worldwide, and her work has been translated into thirty-three languages.
A lifelong Texan, Sandra Brown was born in Waco, grew up in Fort Worth and attended Texas Christian University, majoring in English. Before embarking on her writing career, she worked as a model at the Dallas Apparel Mart, and in television, including weathercasting for WFAA-TV in Dallas, and feature reporting on the nationally syndicated program “PM Magazine.” She is much in demand as a speaker and has appeared at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. and the Texas Book Festival in Austin, TX, as well as charity functions throughout the year. Court TV also sought Brown to host the 2007 premier of its popular series “Murder by the Book.”
Awards and commendations include the 2007 Texas Medal of Arts Award for Literature, the American Business Women’s Association’s Distinguished Circle of Success, B’nai B’rith’s Distinguished Literary Achievement Award, the A.C. Greene Award and the Romance Writers of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Sandra has also been named Thriller Master for 2008, the top award given by the International Thriller Writer’s Association. In addition, Sandra is a member of Author’s Guild, Mystery Writers of America, Novelists, Inc., Literacy Partners, and a founding member of International Thriller Writers.
Sandra and her husband Michael Brown live in Arlington, Texas.
Lisa loves her job and it shows in her writing. Her bestselling novels, set in Philadelphia and featuring gutsy and resilient female characters, have thrilled and entertained readers with page-turning action and her trademark wit and humor. USA Today hails her writing as "sharp, intelligent, funny, and hip" and says that she "gives fans of thrillers a good, twisty plot, lively characters, and an all-around fun read."
Simply put, Time Magazine says "Scottoline is a star."
Lisa has created an array of unforgettable characters, and continues to add to the cast with each new book. Many of her books feature the all-female firm of Rosato & Associates, while the rest introduce fresh, new, but equally compelling heroines all written in Lisa's unique voice. For those who know and love Mary, Bennie, Anne and Judy you will be enthralled with LADY KILLER and the return of Mary DiNunzio and her quirky cast of family and friends. If you are new to Lisa's books, LADY KILLER is the perfect place to start. You, too, will quickly fall in love with Mary and cheer her on from beginning to end.
In LADY KILLER, all of Mary DiNunzio's teenage angst comes flooding back when her high school nemesis, Trish Gambone (dubbed "Trash" by Mary) comes seeking her help. It doesn't matter that Mary is now the rainmaker of Rosato & Associates, Trish's mere presence is enough to make Mary feel like she's at the bottom of the food chain. As it turns out, however, Trish's life has taken a horrifying turn. She is terrified of her live-in boyfriend, an abusive South Philly mobster, who just happens to be one of Mary's ex-boyfriends. When Trish vanishes, Mary makes it her personal mission to find her longtime enemy, and works against the clock to save her life. Complete with a Scottoline style shocking surprise ending, DiNunzio is forced to confront some very uncomfortable truths about her own past and the profound effects of lifelong love — and hate.
The paperback edition of Daddy's Girl, Lisa's #3 New York Times bestseller has also arrived. Filled with the ingenious twists, pulse-pounding narrative drive, and dynamic, flesh-and-blood characters, Daddy's Girl, Lisa's 14th novel, stars a brand new heroine, Natalie Greco.
Lisa Scottoline is a New York Times bestselling author of 15 novels. She writes a weekly column called "Chick Wit" for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and has won many awards, including the Fun Fearless Female Award by Cosmopolitan Magazine and the Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America. She teaches Justice and Fiction at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and appears in Court TV's new crime series, "Murder By The Book." Her books are published in more than 20 languages, and she is a lifelong resident of the Philadelphia area.
Born, raised and schooled in Philly, Lisa went to (where else?) the University of Pennsylvania. She graduated magna cum laude in just three years earning her degree in English with a concentration in the contemporary American novel, and she was taught writing by professors such as National Book Award Winner Philip Roth. Lisa went on to attend the University of Pennsylvania's Law School, graduating cum laude in 1981, and landed a coveted clerkship for a state appellate judge.
Following the clerkship, Lisa joined the prestigious Philadelphia law firm of Dechert, Price & Rhoads as a litigator. Although her career was on the right path, her marriage was not, and it ended shortly after the birth of her baby. Determined to raise her new daughter, Lisa gave up the law to stay at home with her child, but needed to find a way to pay the bills.
Always interested in writing, and a big fan of the hot new writers Grisham and Turow and the newly created legal thriller genre, Lisa realized that no women lawyers were writing legal thrillers, and decided to give it a shot. Living a life solely financed by five Visa's cards, Lisa allowed herself five years, or $50,000 in credit (whichever came first) to write and sell her first book.
Three years later, Lisa had a finished book, a daughter starting school, and five maxed-out credit cards. Debt-ridden, Lisa took a part-time job clerking for a federal appellate judge. No more than a week later, her first novel, Everywhere That Mary Went was bought by HarperCollins' editor Carolyn Marino. Critically acclaimed, Everywhere That Mary Went was nominated by the Mystery Writer's of America for the Edgar Award, suspense fiction's premiere award, and the award went to...someone else. But, the very next year, Lisa's second book, Final Appeal was nominated for the Edgar and won!
A true believer that you should write what you know, Lisa sets all of her books in Philadelphia and many of her previous books feature the all-female law firm of Rosato & Associates. Her 14th novel, Daddy's Girl, features Natalie Greco, a bookworm law professor whose ideal life is thrown into chaos when a riot breaks out in a prison where she is teaching, leaving her with the dangerous task of delivering a prison guard's dying words. Daddy's Girl jumped to #3 on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list, the highest showing to date for Lisa's books, and will be available in paperback in January 2008.
Following her Edgar award-winner Final Appeal, Lisa went on to write Running From the Law, Legal Tender and Rough Justice, which earned both critical and commercial thumbs-up. The books received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus while People Magazine chose Rough Justice as a "Page-Turner of the Week" and Cosmopolitan Magazine selected Legal Tender for its premiere book club selection.
Lisa's fifth book, Mistaken Identity was her first book to become a New York Times bestseller, and in its paperback edition went all the way to lucky #5 on The List.
Early rave reviews, including another starred review from Publishers Weekly created early buzz for Moment of Truth and it became an instant national bestseller, giving Lisa simultaneous hardcover (Moment of Truth) and paperback (Mistaken Identity) New York Times bestsellers.
Appearing on all the national and local bestseller lists, The Vendetta Defense was named one of "The Ten Best Mysteries of the Year" by the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. At the same time, the paperback edition of Moment of Truth became an instant New York Times bestseller.
Hailed as a "sexy summer read" by Cosmopolitan Magazine, Courting Trouble became a beach reading favorite of 2002, and immediately jumped onto the New York Times bestseller list. It features Anne Murphy, a gorgeous, daring and fashion-conscious redhead rookie lawyer who's "lack of impulse control" brings more to the all-female law firm than anyone bargained for.
Lisa's tenth book Dead Ringer marked a new high for Lisa when it became an instant New York Times bestseller, landing all the way at #5 and a Los Angeles Times bestseller at #3! It was chosen by Costco as a book club selection and was a Main Selection for both Literary Guild and Mystery Guild. In it, Bennie Rosato's evil twin sister, Alice Connolley is back and wreaking havoc on her life, hell-bent on destroying Bennie's credibility, good-name, and everything she loves.
Her eleventh, New York Times bestseller, Killer Smile, is a book that is very personal to Lisa. The idea for the book was sparked by a family secret that introduced her to a piece of her family history, cultural history and American history, that begged the question "What is justice?," Lisa's favorite topic. Killer Smile is a fast-paced, cleverly plotted thriller, with enough one-liners to keep readers laughing out loud. It stars the young associate Mary DiNunzio as she takes on a case—involving the suicide of an Italian-American in an internment camp during World War II—which may not be history after all. Add to that the fact that everybody around Mary has decided that she's not allowed to be a Young Widow anymore, and is fixing her up with blind dates from hell. Then a killer comes after her, and it's more than any girl can handle-but not any woman.
In her twelfth book, New York Times bestseller Devil's Corner, Lisa takes readers on another rousing ride through her beloved city, delivering a gripping stand-alone thriller, featuring the gutsy Assistant U.S. Attorney, Vicki Allegretti, and inspired by one of the biggest crack cocaine busts in Philadelphia history. Publisher's Weekly says, "Scottoline's ability to mix humor with serious subject matter, combined with her intense research of inner city drug trafficking and a side plot involving Vicki's love life, make for compelling entertainment." The book opens with a bang and readers will be hooked from the very first sentence.
Lisa's 13th novel, Dirty Blonde, became an instant New York Times hardcoverbestseller, landing in the #5 spot. Available January 31, 2007 in paperback, it is a riveting page-turner about sex and murder, which starts in the elite chambers of a sexy female judge and ends in the cold, gritty alleys of Philadelphia. In it we meet Cate Fante, a strong, smart, and young federal judge who leads a secret double life — one that she doesn't even tell her best friend about. But, it all comes shockingly to light when a case in Cate's courtroom explodes in a murder-suicide. The tabloids scream her secrets, her boyfriend dumps her, and her judgeship hangs in jeopardy. When a killer comes after her, she runs for her life, only to bring her own mysterious past to the present.
A lifelong Philadelphian, Lisa still lives in the Philadelphia area and enjoys writing about her hometown city. Her books have been translated into over twenty languages.
She's a mom, a best-selling author, and a lawyer, but you already know that. Here are some things you don't know about Lisa, the kind of things that you may or may not learn from her books. She lives for family, is incredibly generous, and enjoys her time at home. She is a die-hard Eagles fan, thinks "I Love Lucy" is one of the all-time greatest series comedies, and loves fast-paced, entertaining books. She is proud to be American, proud to be Italian, and proud to have the most amazing daughter (and she is not the least bit biased!)
David Baldacci was born in Virginia, in 1960, where he currently resides. He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Virginia Commonwealth University and a law degree from the University of Virginia. Mr. Baldacci practiced law for nine years in Washington, D.C., as both a trial and corporate attorney.
David Baldacci has published seventeen novels: Absolute Power, Total Control, The Winner, The Simple Truth, Saving Faith, Wish You Well, Last Man Standing, The Christmas Train, Split Second, Hour Game, The Camel Club, The Collectors, Simple Genius, Stone Cold, and The Whole Truth; and in his young adult series, Freddy and the French Fries: Fries Alive! and Freddy and the French Fries: The Adventures of Silas Finklebean. He has also published a novella for the Dutch entitled Office Hours, written for Holland's Year 2000 "Month of the Thriller." Baldacci authored a short story, "The Mighty Johns," as part of a mystery anthology published in 2002.
His works have been in numerous worldwide magazines, newspapers, journals, and publications. Baldacci has authored seven original screenplays. His books have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 countries. All of his books have been national and international bestsellers. Over 60 million copies of Mr. Baldacci's books are in print worldwide.
Castle Rock entertainment made Absolute Power (Warner Books/Grand Central Publishing, 1996) into a major motion picture starring Clint Eastwood and Gene Hackman. The novel Absolute Power won Britain's W. H. Smith's Thumping Good Read award for fiction in 1997, and was nominated for a literary award in Italy. Absolute Power was selected for People Magazine's "Page Turner of the Week." Absolute Power won the 1996 Gold Medal Award for Best Mystery/Thriller from the Southern Writers Guild.
The paperback version of Total Control (Warner/Grand Central, 1996) was a best-selling favorite of the traveling public for over a year. Total Control won the 1997 Gold Medal Award for Best Mystery/Thriller from the Southern Writers Guild.
The Winner's (Warner/Grand Central, 1997) sales topped those of Baldacci's first two novels, no doubt aided by revealing in the novel how to fix the lottery and win a hundred million dollars! The Winner received a starred review in Publishers Weekly, its highest rating.
The Simple Truth (Warner/Grand Central, 1998) was the first of Baldacci's novels in which part of the plot was based upon an actual event. President Clinton selected The Simple Truth as his favorite novel of 1999.
Saving Faith (Warner/Grand Central, 1999) is a novel about how Washington really works, and it reached number one on both the New York Times Bestseller List and the Publisher's Weekly national bestseller list. Saving Faith was selected for People Magazine's "Page Turner of the Week."
Wish You Well (Warner/Grand Central, 2000) is strongly linked to Baldacci's maternal family history. In researching for this book, he spent countless hours talking with his mother, who spent her first seventeen years on the "high rock" and learning its lifelong lessons. Wish You Well received a starred review in Publisher's Weekly and was selected as the inaugural book for All America Reads, a national reading program.
Last Man Standing (Warner/Grand Central, 2001) is an explosive psychological thriller about Web London, a member of the FBI's elite Hostage Rescue Team, who is desperate to find answers for secret terrors and relief from unbearable guilt. Last Man Standing reached number one on the New York Times Bestseller List.
The Christmas Train (Warner/Grand Central, 2002) is filled with memorable characters who have packed their bags for a holiday adventure and shows how we do get second chances to fulfill our deepest hopes and dreams during the season of miracles. The Christmas Train has quickly become a holiday classic.
Split Second (Warner/Grand Central, 2003) is a compelling, fast-paced political thriller that gives readers an inside look at the work of the Secret Service as it strives to protect America's leaders. As their worlds close in upon them, former agents Sean King and Michelle Maxwell team up to seek answer to events that, at first glance, seem to be unrelated disasters. Split Second became a New York Times bestseller on its first day of publication.
Hour Game (Warner/Grand Central, 2004) teams Sean King and Michelle Maxwell from Split Second in a race to prove a man’s innocence in a domestic burglary. They quickly find themselves caught in a chain of murders that once again rocks the quiet hills of Wrightsburg, Virginia. At every turn, King and Maxwell find themselves trying to put the pieces together as the killer is plays the murderous "hour game."
In The Camel Club (Warner/Grand Central, 2005), Baldacci goes beyond the traditional boundaries of fiction, painting a frighteningly vivid portrait of a world that could be our own very soon, and the few people who have a chance to stop the last war the world may ever fight.
In The Collectors (Warner/Grand Central, 2006), Baldacci weaves a brilliant, white-knuckle tale of suspense in which every collectors is searching for one missing prize... the one to die for.
Simple Genius (Warner/Grand Central, 2007) brings back the dynamic team of Sean King and Michelle Maxwell from Split Second and Hour Game. While investigating a dead body found in Babbage Town -- a think-tank and high tech research facility just across the York River from the CIA Training Facility in Camp Peary, Virginia -- King & Maxwell find themselves thrown into the midst of a worldwide race to control information, and at any cost -- even murder.
Stone Cold (Warner/Grand Central, 2007) brings back the unusual group of sleuths, the Camel Club, for another mystery involving Jerry Bagger, Annabelle Conroy, Alex Ford, and a deadly assassin whose identity, like Oliver Stone's, remains veiled in mystery.
The Whole Truth (Grand Central, 2008) represents David's first international thriller, one that presents the all-too-real world of perception management into the forefront of global defense contractor activities.
Freddy and the French Fries: Fries Alive! (Little, Brown & Company, 2005) and Freddy and the French Fries: The Adventures of Silas Finklebean (Little, Brown & Company, 2006) are titles in Baldacci's series for young readers. Find out more about Freddy at his Web site, FreddyandtheFrenchFries.com.
David Baldacci's books have been publicly discussed and/or read by everyone from Howard Stern and Don Imus to Newt Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh, from George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton to Charlie Rose and Larry King.
Baldacci has made many television and radio appearances and has been featured in numerous national and international publications
David contributes to, and is involved in, several philanthropic efforts. His greatest efforts are currently dedicated to his family's own Wish You Well Foundation. The Wish You Well Foundation, established by Michelle and David Baldacci, supports family literacy in the United States by fostering and promoting the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs. Recently the Wish You Well Foundation partnered with Feeding America to launch "Feeding Body & Mind". Through Feeding Body & Mind, hundreds of thousands of new and used books have been collected and distributed through area food banks, helping feed both body and mind. For more information, visit WishYouWellFoundation.org and FeedingBodyandMind.com or call 703-476-6032.
David Baldacci serves as a national ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and participates in numerous charities, including the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, the American Cancer Society, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He sits on the boards of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Virginia Commonwealth University. Baldacci also holds various honorary chairs.
Jeff Abbott is the acclaimed author of nine novels, including Fear, Panic, and A Kiss Gone Bad. Nominated for three Edgar and two Anthony Awards, he lives in Austin, Texas, with his family.