A former Washington Post reporter, he is the author of books about the Aldrich Ames and John Walker espionage cases. His book Circumstantial Evidence: Death, Life, and Justice in a Southern Town. won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Fact Crime Book in 1996. This book helped free an innocent man from the death row in Alabama. His book about John Walker spy ring, Family of Spies, was a New York Times bestseller and was made into a CBS miniseries starring Powers Boothe and Lesley Ann Warren. In 2007, he was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize for his book Crazy.
- Family of Spies: Inside the John Walker Spy Ring
- Prophet of Death: The Mormon Blood Atonement Killings
- The Hot House: Life Inside Leavenworth Prison
- Circumstantial Evidence: Death, Life, and Justice in a Southern Town
- Confessions of A Spy: The Real Story of Aldrich Ames
- Super Casino: Inside the "New" Las Vegas
- WITSEC: Inside The Federal Witness Protection Program
- Crazy: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness, Berkley Trade; (April 3, 2007), ISBN 0-425-21389-7
- Comrade J: The Untold Secrets of Russia's Master Spy in America After the End of the Cold War, Penguin Books, 2007, ISBN 978-0-399-15439-3,
- The Big Secret
- Lethal Secrets
- The Apocalypse Stone
- Pete Earley (2009-12-04). "Pete Earley | Authors | Macmillan". Us.macmillan.com. Retrieved 2012-02-14.
- "2007 finalists". pulitzer.org. Retrieved 1 September 2009.
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