Peter Abrahams (American author)

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For the South African/Jamaican writer, see Peter Abrahams.

Peter Abrahams (born 28 June 1947) is an American writer of crime thrillers. His works include Oblivion, The Tutor, The Fury of Rachel Monette, Hard Rain, The Fan, Crying Wolf, Last of the Dixie Heroes, the Echo Falls Mysteries, and Lights Out, the last of which was nominated for an Edgar Award for best novel.

His literary influences are Vladimir Nabokov, Graham Greene, and Ross Macdonald. Stephen King has referred to him as "my favorite American suspense novelist".[1]

Born in Boston, Abrahams previously lived in Ottawa and worked as a CBC television producer. He is currently living in Falmouth, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod with his wife and children.

Echo Falls Mystery Series[edit]

Abrahams has started a series for younger readers called the Echo Falls Mysteries. There are currently three books in the series: Down the Rabbit Hole, Behind the Curtain, and Into the Dark. They are all based around teen super sleuth Ingrid Levin-Hill.

Chet and Bernie Mystery Series[edit]

Writing as Spencer Quinn,[2] Abrahams is the author of the Chet and Bernie Mysteries. These stories are told from the point of view of Chet, Bernie Little's canine partner in the Little Detective Agency.

It was not initially known that Abrahams was Quinn. It took some work by journalists to determine who "Quinn" really is.[3]

Chet has his own website,[4] and is on Facebook.

Chet and Bernie Bibliography:

  1. Dog On It (2009)
  2. Thereby Hangs a Tail (2010)
  3. To Fetch a Thief (2010)
  4. The Dog Who Knew Too Much (2011)
  5. A Fistful of Collars (2012)
  6. A Cat Was Involved (2012 e-book)
  7. The Sound And The Furry (2013)
  8. Paw and Order(2014)


  1. ^ Anderson, Patrick (August 4, 2003). "Wake Up and Smell the Sagebrush". The Washington Post. Stephen King calls Abrahams his "favorite American suspense novelist" -- and if you can't trust Stephen King, whom can you trust? 
  2. ^ Not to be confused with the Spencer Quinn who wrote the song "May Day" for a Mae West album
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