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WRIGHT, EDWARD

Edward Wright was marineofficier en journalist voordat hij ontdekte dat hij liever boeken schreef. Wright's drie eerdere boeken vielen allemaal in de prijzen waaronder Dagger Debut Award en de Shamus Award. Hij woont met zijn vrouw Cathy in California.

EDWARD WRIGHT: A LIFE SKETCH

Ed Wright grew up in Hot Springs, Arkansas, where his father sold hardware and his mother raised three children and taught arts and crafts. He spent a year at Hendrix College in Arkansas, then transferred to Vanderbilt University, where he majored in English lit and graduated with honors. One college summer was spent studying at Harvard, another hitchhiking around Western Europe with a couple of friends.

After graduation he signed up for the Navy and served as an officer for three years, mostly aboard destroyers. Then came a master's degree in journalism at Northwestern University, and he was launched on his career as a newspaperman. Ed worked as an editor at the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times.

At the Times, he specialized in Middle East affairs and eventually became one of the senior editors on the foreign desk, supervising the work of three dozen foreign correspondents around the world and helping plan coverage of events ranging from the fall of the Soviet Union to the first Persian Gulf War. He later wrote the Times' Travel Advisory column.

In the early nineties, Ed saw a chance to swap newspapering for fiction writing. It wasn't a quick or a smooth transition. There was much trial and error, with detours and dead ends. But then he discovered a character named John Ray Horn and the world of postwar Los Angeles, and something clicked.

The first book in this series, Clea's Moon, won England's Debut Dagger award. The second, While I Disappear (published in England as The Silver Face), won the Shamus Award and the Southern California Booksellers Association's award for best hard-cover mystery novel of the year.

The third, Red Sky Lament, set against the backdrop of the Hollywood Red Scare, was honored by the Crime Writers’ Association of Great Britain with its Ellis Peters Historical Crime Award for 2006.

Ed and his wife, Cathy, a psychotherapist, live in the Los Angeles area with Magic, a young and energetic female Belgian shepherd. He has temporarily abandoned the 1940s to write Damnation Falls, a contemporary mystery-thriller set in small-town East Tennessee. His next novel, now under construction, will be another stand-alone, this one set in present-day California. Stay tuned.

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