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Lee is the author of the Jack Reacher series, for which he has received the Barry Award (from Deadly Pleasures magazine) and the Anthony Award.  Lee was born in Coventry, England, but grew up in nearby Birmingham.  After graduating from the same high school that J.R.R. Tolkien attended, 
he went to law school in Sheffield. 

Later, he joined Granada Television in Manchester for what turned out to be an eighteen-year career as a presentation director, during which time the company made Brideshead Revisited, The Jewel in the Crown, Prime Suspect, and Cracker. 

When he was fired as a result of corporate restructuring, the voracious reader bought six dollars' worth of paper and pencils and sat down to write a book, which turned out to be Killing Floor, the first in the Jack Reacher series.

Lee's Books:
     The Jack Reacher series:
          Killing Floor 
          Die Trying 
          Running Blind (US)/The Visitor (UK)
          Echo Burning 
          Without Fail 
          The Enemy 
          One Shot
          The Hard Way 
          Bad Luck and Trouble 
          Nothing to Lose 
          Gone Tomorrow 

     Short Stories:
          "James Penney's New Identity", in FRESH BLOOD 3
          "Ten Keys", in THE COCAINE CHRONICLES
          "The Greatest Trick of All", in GREATEST HITS
          "Enough", in MWA PRESENTS DEATH DO US PART
          "The .50 Solution", in BLOODLINES
          Chapter Six in LIKE A CHARM, a serialized novel
          Chapter 15 in THE CHOPIN MANUSCRIPT, an audio serialized novel

Visit Lee’s website at http://leechild.com/


Jan Burke is the author of the bestselling Irene Kelly series, for which she won an Edgar award, as well as short stories and her most recent novel The Messenger. 

Although Jan was born in Texas, she has spent most of her life in Southern California, from which she has combined several cities to create Las Piernas, Irene Kelly’s hometown. 

She has 2 sisters and a brother, and remains very close to them, their parents, and several nieces, nephews, cousins and other extended family members. She and her husband, musician Tim Burke, share their home with their dogs Cappy and Britches. 

Jan is the founder of the Crime Lab Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to the
improvement of public forensic science. She has also served as a speaker for the National Institute of Justice, the American Society of Crime Lab Directors, the California Association of Criminalists, and other organizations. She is a member of the honorary board of the California Forensic Science Institute, which is connected to the Los Angeles Regional Crime Lab, the forensic lab the LAPD and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. She has been instrumental in organizing the Forensics Day at Left Coast Crime 2010.

Jan is a Distinguished Alumna of California State University in Long Beach, and has taught writing classes at UCLA Extension, and was the associate editor (with Sue Grafton) for MWA’s Writing Mysteries.

Jan’s books:

     The Irene Kelly series:
          Goodnight, Irene
          Sweet Dreams, Irene
          Dear Irene,
          Remember Me, Irene
          Flight (from Frank Harriman's point of view)

          Nine (standalone)
          The Messenger (supernatural thriller)

     Short Story Collection:
          Eighteen (short story collection)

Visit Jan’s website at http://janburke.com/


Janet grew up in Philadelphia, and earned a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.

She then moved to Berkeley, where she completed a Master’s Degree in art history, a credential in secondary education and a Ph.D. in religion and literature with a specialty in mystery fiction.

Known as “the mistress of mystery”, Janet has been a columnist for several mystery periodicals. She is the editor of the Mystery Readers Journal (the official publication of Mystery Readers International, of which she is the director), and the writer/producer of Murder on the Menu (a mystery event company). A member of Mystery Writers of America, the International Association of Crime Writers, the British Crime Writers Association, Sisters in Crime and the American Crime Writers League, she has also been on panels at conventions and conferences including Bouchercon and Left Coast Crime. Janet has taught mystery fiction, and has participated in international writing conferences in Spain, England and Cuba.

Janet was Fan Guest of Honor at Malice Domestic in 1993 and won an Anthony Award for Special Service to the Field in 2006. She still lives in Berkeley.

Janet’s website can be found at http://www.murderonthemenu.com/murder/janet.html.



Bill was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi, and began writing professionally while he was still in high school.  Through the Junior Achievement program, he wrote and narrated a series of radio programs about various rock ’n’ roll bands.  As a result, he began working late night shifts at the radio station that had aired his shows, and after he graduated, he became the morning drive-time DJ there.

 After a few years he grew bored with this, and moved to St. John, US Virgin Islands in an effort to emulate Jimmy Buffett, and ended up working on a freight-charter boat. 

Eventually, he ended up back in Mississippi, and supported himself as a DJ while he went to college.  In 1981, he moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington where he received a psychology degree.  He also met Matt Hansen, with whom he collaborated on a radio program called “Radio Free Comedy” which was syndicated on several radio stations across the country.  Bill and Matt turned this radio show into a television pilot called “Stellavision”, which, though critically acclaimed, did not sell.

In 1988, Bill moved to Los Angeles and looked for television writing jobs.  Matt joined him and for the next few years they wrote unsuccessful television scripts, and a screenplay called “Pest Control”  that Bill eventually turned into a novel that was one of Amazon’s Top 50 Mysteries in 1997.

Bill was co-winner of  the 2002 Lefty Award for “Fender Benders“.  (The other winner was Jerrilyn Farmer, for :“Dim Sum Dead“.)

Bill’s books:

    Pest Control
    The Organ Grinders
    Fender Benders
    Cross Dressing
    Heart Seizure
    Radio Activity
    Highway 61 Resurfaced
    The Adventures of Slim and Howdy (with Brooks and Dunn)

Short Stories:
    “Fiddy Dolla Smile” in Full House, a young adult anthology of poker stories"

Visit Bill's website:  http://billfitzhugh.com