Andrew Coburn (author)

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Andrew Coburn (born May 1, 1932),_New_Hampshire is an American writer with an international following. Born in Exeter, New Hampshire, Coburn is a New York Times best selling novelist, short-story author, essayist and newspaper reporter and columnist. He is the author of 13 novels which have been translated into over 14 languages throughout the world. Coburn is described by Author Robert Cormier as “a sublime writer…a novelist who writes brilliant novels in which crime happens. Anyone who has yet to discover Coburn has a treat in store.”

Andrew Coburn's prolific literary career includes in addition to his 13 novels, a novella, a collection of short stories first published in periodicals, literary magazines and online, “Spouses & Other Crimes,” (Stark House Press, October, 2014), and a vast collection of published newspaper articles. Coburn's early journalism career includes publishing his own newspapers “The Journal of Greater Lawrence” and “Greater Lawrence Today,” having begun his career at the Lawrence Eagle Tribune, North Andover, Massachusetts, writing award-winning news and feature newspaper articles, many of which have been archived in a collection of Coburn’s papers at the Lawrence, Massachusetts Public Library in the city where his journalism career began.

Coburn’s eye for detail and ear for dialogue are the paint strokes to the canvas of his story telling.  The New York Times critic Newgate Callendar wrote of Coburn, “Natural storytellers are not too common but Mr. Coburn is one.”(Prologue, 2012) -

Coburn’s experience as a crime reporter—so authentic to have once garnered the distinction of having a Mafia Mob hit put out on him –allows the reader to go beyond the crime, the gore and straight into the heart of what makes his men and women, criminals, thugs, heroes or merely humans, tick. John Daley of Newsday said of Coburn, "Great mystery writers are rare, but Coburn certainly has the talent to rank among them. He's tough as Dashiell Hammett and plots and writes with the skill of Graham Greene."(1990)

Literary criticism includes Stanley Ellin of The New York Times who described Coburn's novel, "Off Duty," (1980), as "Flawlessly plotted, stylishly written." The Boston Globe said, "Coburn has a good eye and a great ear...He has turned out another page turner." (1990).

Always enjoying success and popularity overseas, Rivage Publishers who republished his New York Times bestseller, "The Babysitter," (2008), said, "Andrew Coburn is today with Dennis Lehane, Craig Holden and William Bayer, one of the masters of American psychological thriller."

Author Ed Gorman says of Coburn, “Andrew Coburn is one of the three or four best crime fiction writers alive today. Most people who’ve read any of his novels…will agree.” Gorman calls Coburn, “authentic..,” a compliment of the highest order given Gorman is a prolific and celebrated author, himself. Gorman said of Coburn’s novels, “{they are} page-turners.”

Newsweek called Coburn’s “No Way Home,” “One of the best suspense novels…{A } tense tale of deadly rage and jagged justice in a small Massachusetts town…”

Three of his novels have been adapted into films. His novel "Off Duty" (1980) was adapted into the film by French director Michel Vianey (fr), "Un dimanche de flic (fr)";

"Sweetheart," (1985) was adapted into the French film, "Toutes peines confondues (fr)" (1992). ( The film was distributed worldwide including in Germany under the title, "Sweetheart," and in Italy, under the title "Marbel." And though first released over two decades ago, remains a popular cult film to this day.

His novel "Widow's Walk," (1994) was adapted into the French classic, "Noyade interdite (fr)" (1997) starring Guy Marchand for which he was nominated France's national film award the César Award. Also see:

Coburn cut his teeth as a young journalist by day walking the beat as a local reporter, working his way up the ladder to editor positions. And by night, on his Underwood typewriter, spinning tales and honing his craft until almost dawn. Coburn earned several journalism awards and before writing fiction fulltime, started two politically charged and avante garde for its day, local newspapers, writing in-depth feature articles. His most recent genre is short fiction, publishing in various periodicals, literary magazines and online such including in,

His latest work is "Spouses & Other Crimes," a collection of 11 short stories will be available October, 2014 (Stark House Press).

He is married to Bernadine Casey Coburn, a former journalist and publicist now teaching writing at a women's jail, with whom he has one son and four daughters. They live in Andover, Massachusetts.


  • The Trespassers (1974)
  • The Babysitter (1979)
  • Off Duty (1980)
  • Company Secrets (1982)
  • Widow's Walk (1984)
  • Sweetheart (1985)
  • Love Nest (1987)
  • Goldilocks (1989)
  • No Way Home (1992)
  • Voices in the Dark (1994)
  • Birthright (1998)
  • On the Loose (2006)
  • My Father's Daughter (novella 2007)
  • "Spouses & Other Crimes," (Stark House Press, October, 2014)

A collection of 11 short stories


Some 30 of his uncollected short stories appear in various literary journals. The Transatlantic Review (New York, London) published his early short fiction.


  • Eugene Saxton Fellowship, 1965—earlier recipients include James Baldwin and Rachel Carson.
  • United Press Award (UPI), 1967 (for journalism) Lawrence Eagle Tribune, North Andover, Massachusetts
  • Associated Press Award, (AP), 1968 (for journalism) Lawrence Eagle Tribune, North Andover, Massachusetts
  • Edgar Allen Poe Award nominee for Goldilocks, (1989)
  • Awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters from Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts, 1987, honoring both his writing career in journalism and as a novelist.
  • Editors' Award for Fiction, "Hearty Women," Fifth Wednesday Journal, 2009
  • Nominated for Pushcart Award, 2009, "Hearty Women,"


  • Named in Contrary Magazine's 10 year commemorative issue for best short stories for his short story, "Plum Island," 2013

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