May 6, 1950 |
Glen Ellyn, Illinois, United States
|Genres||Mystery fiction, crime writer, thriller|
Jeffery Deaver (born May 6, 1950) is an American mystery/crime writer. He has a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a law degree from Fordham University and originally started working as a journalist. He later practiced law before embarking on a successful career as a best-selling novelist. He has been awarded the Steel Dagger  and Short Story Dagger  from the British Crime Writers' Association and the Nero Wolfe Award, and he is a three-time recipient of the Ellery Queen Reader's Award for Best Short Story of the Year and a winner of the British Thumping Good Read Award. His novels have appeared on bestseller lists around the world, including The New York Times, The Times, Italy's Corriere della Sera, The Sydney Morning Herald, and The Los Angeles Times.
Life and career
Deaver was born outside Chicago in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Many of his books tend to promote lateral thinking, particularly his short story collection Twisted. One of his books, The Blue Nowhere, features criminal hackers (one using social engineering to commit murder), as well as a law enforcement computer crime unit. His most popular series features his regular character Lincoln Rhyme, a quadriplegic detective, and Amelia Sachs. According to a 2006 interview on The Early Show, Deaver stated that he would rotate between his new series and Lincoln Rhyme each year. Virtually all of his works feature a trick ending, or sometimes multiple trick endings.
Deaver edited The Best American Mystery Stories 2009.
Three of Deaver's novels have been produced into films:
- The Bone Collector (1999)
- A Maiden's Grave as the TV film Dead Silence (1997)
- The Devil's Teardrop (2010), also a TV film
Deaver also created the characters and—in a collaboration with 14 other noted writers—wrote the 17-part serial thriller The Chopin Manuscript narrated by Alfred Molina that was broadcast on Audible.com from September 25 to November 13, 2007.
He is the second American author to write Bond novels, after Raymond Benson.
Also, in "The Blue Nowhere", Deaver sees fit to give credit to Lee DeForest, the inventor of the "Audion" tube (also referred to as the "triode" tube). In a sense, DeForest was the inventor who opened the world to electronic development.
- Mistress of Justice (1992)
- The Lesson of Her Death (1993)
- Praying for Sleep (1994)
- A Maiden's Grave (1995)
- The Devil's Teardrop (Includes a scene with Lincoln Rhyme)(1999)
- Speaking In Tongues (2000)
- The Blue Nowhere (2001)
- Garden of Beasts (2004)
- The Bodies Left Behind (2008)
- Edge (2010)
- The October List (2013)
John Pellam (Location Scout series)
- Shallow Graves (1992)
- Bloody River Blues (1993)
- Hell's Kitchen (2001)
- The Bone Collector (1997)
- The Coffin Dancer (1998)
- The Empty Chair (2000)
- The Stone Monkey (2002)
- The Vanished Man (2003)
- The Twelfth Card (2005)
- The Cold Moon (2006) (includes a brief appearance by Kathryn Dance)
- The Broken Window (2008)
- The Burning Wire (2010)
- The Kill Room (2013)
- The Skin Collector (2014)
- The Sleeping Doll (2007)
- Roadside Crosses (2009)
- XO (2012) (includes a brief appearance by Lincoln Rhyme)
- Carte Blanche (2011)
- "Never Say Never: Jeffery Deaver to Write New James Bond Novel" The New York Times. Retrieved 4 February 2011
- "The first copies of the eagerly awaited new Bond book, Carte Blanche, arrived in style". Retrieved 2011-05-26.
- "James Bond: Jeffery Deaver unveils his 21st Century spy". BBC News. 25 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-26.