Andrew Klavan

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Andrew Klavan
Andrew Klavan Headshot.jpg
Born (1954-07-13) July 13, 1954 (age 65)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Pen nameKeith Peterson
EducationB.A. in English literature
Alma materUniversity of California, Berkeley
SpouseEllen Flanagan (1980–present)

Andrew Klavan (/ˈklvən/; born July 13, 1954) is an American writer of crime and suspense novels. Dubbed by Stephen King "the most original American novelist of crime and suspense since Cornell Woolrich", Klavan has been nominated for the Edgar Award five times and has won twice.

Klavan has also worked in film and as an essayist and video satirist. He hosts "The Andrew Klavan Show" podcast on The Daily Wire.

Early life and education[edit]

Klavan was born to a secular Jewish family in New York City and grew up in Great Neck, Long Island, one of four sons born to father Gene Klavan, a New York disc jockey, and mother Phyllis.[1] He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley[2] with a degree in English Literature. He worked as a radio and newspaper reporter and a radio news writer before becoming a full-time writer. He converted to Christianity at age 49.[3]


Klavan began his crime-writing career using the pseudonym Keith Peterson. Under that name, he wrote the four John Wells mysteries, about a crime-solving newspaper reporter, and also The Scarred Man, his first novel of psychological suspense.

Under his own name, Klavan has written such bestsellers as True Crime, Don’t Say a Word and Empire of Lies, as well as the popular Homelanders series for young adults. His novels have been translated around the world. He has won two Edgars from the Mystery Writers of America, the Thumping Good Read Award from W.H. Smith, and been nominated for Anthony Awards and the International Thriller Writers award.

True Crime was filmed by Clint Eastwood in 1999. Don’t Say a Word was filmed starring Michael Douglas in 2001. Donald Cammell’s 1987 White of the Eye was based on the novel Mrs. White, which Klavan co-wrote under the pseudonym Margaret Tracy with his brother, playwright Laurence Klavan. Andrew wrote the screenplay for the 1990 Michael Caine film Shock to the System, based on the novel by Simon Brett, and for the 2008 horror film One Missed Call, which starred Shannyn Sossamon and Ed Burns. He also wrote the screenplay for the award winning movie-in-an-app Haunting Melissa and its sequel, Haunting Melissa 2: Dark Hearts. He recently scripted Gosnell, a crime film based on the true story of an abortion doctor charged with murder.

As an essayist, Klavan has written for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times The Washington Post. A contributing editor to the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal, he has written articles ranging from an examination of the poet William Wordsworth to a description of his 2008 embed with American troops in Afghanistan.

Klavan has produced several satirical online video series including Klavan on the Culture for PJ Media, The Revolting Truth for TruthRevolt, and A Very Serious Commentary for Glenn Beck's Blaze Media. He currently does a daily podcast for the Daily Wire.[4]

The Great Good Thing: A Secular Jew Comes to Faith in Christ, Klavan's first non-fiction book, was published in 2016. It is a memoir of his spiritual journey.[2] His latest work of fiction is the fantasy-suspense serial podcast Another Kingdom,[5] published in book form in 2019.[6]


Klavan's book Mrs. White, which he wrote under the pen-name Margaret Tracy, won the 1984 Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original.[7] In 1989, his novel Trapdoor was nominated in the Best Paperback Original category.[7] In 1990, he won the Edgar Award in the Best Paperback Original category for The Rain, as well as a nomination at the 1990 Anthony Awards for Rough Justice in the paperback category.[7][8] Klavan was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best Novel in 1992 for his first novel, Don't Say a Word.[9] He received an Anthony Awards nomination at the 1996 ceremony for True Crime in the Best Novel category.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Klavan lives in Los Angeles with his wife Ellen, whom he married in 1980. They have two children, Faith and Spencer.[10][11]


In 2019, in response to a tweet[12] about a Vox article[13] on the consequences of a war between the United States and Iran, Klavan tweeted "Or [alternatively] Iran is blown off the face of the earth in about fifteen minutes and the world is better for it". [14]


  • Face of the Earth (1977)
  • Agnes Mallory (1985)
  • Mrs. White (1987) (as Margaret Tracy, with Laurence Klavan)
  • There Fell a Shadow (1988) (as Keith Peterson)
  • The Rain (1988) (as Keith Peterson)
  • Darling Clementine (1988)
  • The Trap Door (1988) (as Keith Peterson)
  • Son of Man (1988)
  • The Scarred Man (1989) (as Keith Peterson)
  • Rough Justice (1989) (as Keith Peterson)
  • Don't Say a Word (1991)
  • The Animal Hour (1992)
  • Corruption (1993)
  • True Crime (1995)
  • Suicide (1995)
  • The Uncanny (1998)
  • Hunting Down Amanda (1999)
  • Man and Wife (2001)
  • Dynamite Road (2003)
  • Shotgun Alley (2004)
  • Damnation Street (2006)
  • Empire of Lies (2008)
  • The Identity Man (2010)
  • Crazy Dangerous (2012) ISBN 9781595547934
  • If We Survive (2012) ISBN 9781595547965
  • Nightmare City (2013) ISBN 9781595547972
  • A Killer in the Wind (2013) ISBN 9780802122254
  • Werewolf Cop (2016) ISBN 9781605989730
  • The Great Good Thing: A Secular Jew Comes to Faith in Christ (2016) [non-fiction]

The Homelanders series[edit]

  • The Homelanders: The Last Thing I Remember (2009)
  • The Homelanders: The Long Way Home (2010)
  • The Homelanders: The Truth of the Matter (2010)
  • The Homelanders: The Final Hour (2011)

The Mindwar trilogy[edit]

  • Mindwar (2014)
  • Hostage Run (2016)
  • Game Over (2016)

Audio plays[edit]

  • Another Kingdom: Season 1 (2017)
  • Another Kingdom: Season 2 (2018)



  1. ^ Martin, Douglas (9 April 2004). "Gene Klavan, Radio Show Host, Dies at 79". The New York Times.
  2. ^ a b "The Great Good Thing: A Secular Jew Comes to Faith in Christ". Publishers Weekly. 11 July 2016. Retrieved 2018-12-31.
  3. ^ Hillsdale College (2019-04-19), Andrew Klavan | Can We Keep Silent in a World Gone Mad?, retrieved 2019-04-20
  4. ^ "Westwood One's Podcast Portfolio Gaining Momentum with New Shows". Westwood One. 2017-02-23. Retrieved 2019-06-18.
  5. ^ "Please Enter 'Another Kingdom'". Ricochet. 2017-10-17. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  6. ^ "Provocateur at Work". First Things. 2019-04-05.
  7. ^ a b c "Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Edgar Award Winners and Nominees - Complete Lists". Archived from the original on 2012-12-20. Retrieved 2012-03-22.
  8. ^ a b "Bouchercon World Mystery Convention : Anthony Awards Nominees". 2003-10-02. Archived from the original on 2012-02-07. Retrieved 2012-03-22.
  9. ^ "Best Mystery Novel Edgar Award Winners and Nominees - Complete Lists". Retrieved 2012-03-22.
  10. ^ "The Truth of the Matter". Official Website of Andrew Klavan. Archived from the original on 2019-01-01.
  11. ^ "How a Secular Jew Came to Faith in Jesus Christ". The Christian Post. 2016-09-26.
  12. ^ Klein, Ezra (2019-07-08). "A deadly opening attack. Nearly untraceable, ruthless proxies spreading chaos on multiple continents. Costly miscalculations. And thousands — perhaps hundreds of thousands — killed in a conflict that would dwarf the war in Iraq". @ezraklein. Retrieved 2019-07-09.
  13. ^ Ward, Alex (2019-07-08). ""A nasty, brutal fight": what a US-Iran war would look like". Vox. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  14. ^ Klavan, Andrew (2019-07-08). "Or Iran is blown off the face of the earth in about fifteen minutes and the world is better for it". @andrewklavan. Retrieved 2019-07-09.

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