Andrew Klavan

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Andrew Klavan
Andrew Klavan Headshot.jpg
BornJuly 13, 1954 (age 64)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Pen nameKeith Peterson
EducationB.A. in English literature
Alma materUniversity of California, Berkeley
SpouseEllen Flanagan (1980–present; 2 children)[1]

Andrew Klavan (/ˈklvən/; born July 13, 1954) is an American writer and political commentator. Two of Klavan's novels have been adapted into motion pictures: True Crime (1999) and Don't Say a Word (2001). He was nominated for the Edgar Award five times and won twice.[2] He was dubbed by Stephen King as “the most original American novelist of crime and suspense since Cornell Woolrich." Playwright and novelist Laurence Klavan is his brother.[3]

Klavan has also worked in film and has an extensive career as an essayist and video satirist. He has written columns and appeared as a political commentator for a variety of conservative publications such as the news-magazine City Journal and PJ Media. He currently releases a daily podcast named The Andrew Klavan Show on the website The Daily Wire.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Klavan was born in New York City. His parents were Phyllis and Gene Klavan, the latter a popular New York City disc jockey and one-half of the radio show "Klavan and Finch".[5] He grew up on Long Island with his three brothers.[3] He attended the University of California, Berkeley and graduated with a degree in English literature.[3][6] He worked as a radio and newspaper reporter and a radio news writer before becoming a writer full time.

Klavan lives in Los Angeles with his wife Ellen, a psycho-therapist. They have two children, Faith and Spencer, and a grandson, Peter. Klavan was raised Jewish, but became an agnostic after his Bar mitzvah.[7] He later converted to Christianity.[7][8]


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 full-blown novel of psychological success.

Under his own name, Klavan has written bestsellers such 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 Anthonys 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 cult classic 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 hit 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, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post and elsewhere. A contributing editor to the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal, he has produced 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 popular series of satirical online videos including Klavan on the Culture, The Revolting Truth, and A Very Serious Commentary for Glenn Beck. He currently releases a daily podcast for the Daily Wire. Klavan's most recent book was a memoir of his spiritual journey, The Great Good Thing: A Secular Jew Comes to Faith in Christ.


Klavan has received a number of award wins and nomination in the various mystery-genre awards ceremonies. Mrs. White, which he wrote under the pen-name Margaret Tracy, won the 1984 Edgar Award for "Best Paperback Original".[9] Klavan's next win came in 1989, with his novel Trapdoor (this time as Keith Peterson) picking up a nomination again in the "Best Paperback Original" category.[9] The following year he won the Edgar Award in this same category for The Rain, as well as a nomination at the 1990 Anthony Awards for Rough Justice again in the paperback running.[9][10] Klavan was nominated under his own name for the first time in 1992 for his novel Don't Say a Word, which was nominated for the "Best Novel" Edgar Award.[11] He received another Anthony Awards nomination at the 1996 ceremony for his novel, True Crime, again for "Best Novel".[10]


  • 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)
  • Nightmare City (2013)
  • A Killer in the Wind (2013)
  • Werewolf Cop (2016)
  • 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]

Andrew Klavan's Another Kingdom[edit]

  • Andrew Klavan's Another Kingdom: Season 1 (2017)[12]
  • Andrew Klavan's Another Kingdom: Season 2 (2018)



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  2. ^ "". Archived from the original on 2012-02-11. Retrieved 2012-02-13.
  3. ^ a b c Biography. By M. Wallace. Internet Movie Database Retrieved July 6, 2009.
  4. ^ "The Daily Wire".
  5. ^ Gene Klavan, Radio Show Host, Dies at 79. By Douglas Martin. The New York Times. Published April 9, 2004.
  6. ^ Ellroy, James; Penzler, Otto, eds. (2010). The Best American Noir of the Century. Random House. ISBN 978-0547330778. Retrieved 2012-03-22.
  7. ^ a b The World According to Andrew Klavan. Uncommon Knowledge. Filmed on August 28, 2008. Retrieved July 6, 2009.
  8. ^ Forbes: "Andrew Klavan's Christmas Conversion" by Jerry Bowyer December 22, 2016
  9. ^ a b c "Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Edgar Award Winners and Nominees - Complete Lists". Retrieved 2012-03-22.
  10. ^ a b "Bouchercon World Mystery Convention : Anthony Awards Nominees". 2003-10-02. Archived from the original on 2012-02-07. Retrieved 2012-03-22.
  11. ^ "Best Mystery Novel Edgar Award Winners and Nominees - Complete Lists". Retrieved 2012-03-22.
  12. ^ "Andrew Klavan's Another Kingdom Archives - Ricochet". Ricochet. Retrieved 2018-03-20.

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