|This biographical article relies on references to primary sources. (February 2011)|
Ed Lynskey is an American poet, critic, and novelist, mostly of crime fiction. He was born in Washington, D.C. where he still lives and works. His first four books are mysteries featuring his Private Investigator Frank Johnson: The Dirt-Brown Derby (2006), The Blue Cheer (2007), Pelham Fell Here (2008), Troglodytes (2010), The Zinc Zoo (2011), and After the Big Noise (2014). A P.I. Frank Johnson short collection is Out of Town a Few Days (2004).
A P.I. Sharon Knowles short story collection is A Clear Path to Cross (2008).
His creative work has been reviewed in Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Library Journal, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, San Diego Union-Tribune, London Free Press, Halifax Chronicle-Herald, Lansing State Journal, The Virginian-Pilot, Tucson Citizen, and Nashville City Paper. Lynskey's work has been compared with that of Loren D. Estleman, James Lee Burke, Daniel Woodrell, Bill Pronzini, and Robert Crais.
His essays have been reprinted by Gale Research and Gryphon Books. He has written reviews for New York Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Sun-Times, Kansas City Star, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ronoake Times, Des Moines Register, The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio), and Columbus Dispatch. His speculative literature has appeared in Strange Horizons, Chizine, and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.
His numerous poems have appeared in such venues as The Atlantic Monthly, American Poetry Review, and Chicago Review. He won the 1993 Denny C. Plattner Appalachian Heritage Award in Poetry from Berea College, Kentucky. His work has been anthologized by St. Martin’s Press, University of Virginia Press, and Storyline Press.
His poem was cited in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 2007: 20th Annual Collection, Ellen Datlow, editor. His stories were cited in Hardcore Hardboiled, Todd Robinson, Otto Penzler, editors, Kensington Publishing Group, 2008 and Sex, Thugs, Rock & Roll, Todd Robinson, editor, Kensington Publishing Group, 2009.
- Private Investigator Frank Johnson Mystery series
- The Dirt-Brown Derby (2006)
- The Blue Cheer (2007)
- Pelham Fell Here (2008) - (actually first novel in series published out of sequence)
- Troglodytes (2010) 
- The Zinc Zoo (2011) 
- After the Big Noise 
- Isabel and Alma Trumbo Cozy Mystery Series
- Stand Alone Novels
- Topaz Moon (2014) - suburban noir title
- Blood Diamonds (2012) - diamond heist title
- The Quetzal Motel (2012) - science fiction title
- Lake Charles (2011) - Appalachian noir title
- Ask the Dice (2011) - hit man noir title
Short Story Collections
- Frank Johnson - A private detective from Pelham, Virginia.
- Sharon Knowles - A private detective from Bay City, Virginia.
- The Blue Cheer
- The Dirt-Brown Derby
- Out of Town a Few Days
- Pelham Fell Here
- A Clear Path to Cross
- William G. Contento's "The FictionMags Index's" List of short stories and articles by Ed Lynskey
- Ed Lynskey at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Podcast interview conducted by Sam Clay, Director, Fairfax County (VA) Public Library