Bryan Gruley

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Bryan Gruley
Gruley in 2012
Gruley in 2012
BornNovember 9, 1957 (1957-11-09)
Detroit, Michigan, USA
OccupationWriter, reporter, editor
GenreSuspense, mystery
Notable awardsAnthony Award

Bryan Gruley (born November 1957) is an American writer. He has shared a Pulitzer Prize for journalism[1] and been nominated for the "first novel" Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America.[2]


Gruley is currently a reporter for Bloomberg News, writing long form features for Bloomberg Businessweek magazine.[1][3] He worked more than 15 years for The Wall Street Journal[1] including seven years as Chicago bureau chief.[4][5]

With the Journal, he also helped cover breaking news including the September 11 World Trade Center attack, and shared in the staff's Pulitzer Prize for that work, which cited "its comprehensive and insightful coverage, executed under the most difficult circumstances, of the terrorist attack on New York City, which recounted the day's events and their implications for the future."[1][6]

Gruley's first novel, Starvation Lake: a mystery, was published in 2009 as a trade paperback original by the Touchstone Books imprint of Simon & Schuster. It is set in the fictional town of Starvation Lake, based on Bellaire, the seat of Antrim County, Michigan.[4] The real Starvation Lake is a lake in the next county, but the fictional town is on the lake, and the novel begins when the snowmobile of a long-missing youth hockey coach "washes up on the icy shores".[4] Two sequels have followed in the so-called Starvation Lake series, The Hanging Tree (2010) and The Skeleton Box (2012). As of May 2013 Gruley is working on a new novel set in a different town with different characters.[citation needed]

Gruley played ice hockey as a boy and continues to play in his fifties, and to root for the Detroit Red Wings. He was schooled in Detroit, at Detroit Catholic Central, but the family vacationed up north and acquired a cottage in 1971 on Big Twin Lake near Bellaire, which the six siblings still frequent. His first newspaper job was in the region as a 1978 summer intern at Antrim County News.[1][4]

Gruley and his wife Pam currently live on the North Side of Chicago.[4] They have three grown children.[1]


  • Paper Losses: a modern epic of greed and betrayal at America's two largest newspaper companies (New York: Grove Press, 1993)[7] ISBN 0802114024
  • Starvation Lake (Simon & Schuster, 2009). ISBN 978-1416563624
  • The Hanging Tree (2010). ISBN 978-1416563648
  • The Skeleton Box (2012). ISBN 978-1416563662
  • Bleak Harbor: A Novel, Thomas & Mercer, 2018 [8]


Starvation Lake (Touchstone/S&S, 2009)

The Hanging Tree (Touchstone/S&S, 2010)

  • 2011 Anthony Award nomination, Best Paperback Original[11]
  • 2011 Barry Award nomination, Best Paperback Original[12]
  • 2011 Michigan Notable Book Award[13]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f "About Bryan". Bryan Gruley ( Updated 2012. Retrieved November 9, 2013.
  2. ^ a b J. Kingston Pierce (April 29, 2010). "Now for the Edgar Award Winners". The Rap Sheet blog ( Retrieved March 1, 2012.
  3. ^ "[Search results for Bryan Gruley]". Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved September 14, 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d e Giest, Mary Ellen (October 24, 2011). "Bryan Gruley's Northern Michigan: {...} Gruley sets his dark novels in a fictional Northern Michigan town called Starvation Lake". Traverse City, Michigan: MyNorth Media ( Retrieved 2013-11-10.
  5. ^ Keller, Julia (April 9, 2011). "Bryan Gruley wrestles with next book in series". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 1, 2012.
  6. ^ a b "The 2002 Pulitzer Prize Winners: Breaking News Reporting". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved September 14, 2012. With reprints of ten works (WSJ articles, September 12, 2001).
  7. ^ "Paper losses: a modern epic of greed and betrayal at America's two largest ...". Library of Congress Catalog Record. Retrieved October 31, 2013.
  8. ^ "Reviewed by Toni V. Sweeney in New York Journal of Books". November 1, 2018. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  9. ^ Carole E. Barrowman (December 19, 2009). "New things, dead things, great stories". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved March 1, 2012.
  10. ^ "Michael Connelly, Josh Bazell, and Bryan Gruley Take the Top Prizes and Elmore Leonard Honored". The Strand Magazine via PRWeb ( July 9, 2010. Retrieved March 1, 2012.
  11. ^ a b c "Anthony Awards Nominees and Winners". Bouchercon World Mystery Convention ( Archived from the original on February 7, 2012. Retrieved March 1, 2012.
  12. ^ a b "Barry Awards". Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine ( October 9, 2008. Archived from the original on April 23, 2012. Retrieved March 1, 2012.
  13. ^ "2011 Michigan Notable Books". Library of Michigan ( January 3, 2012. Retrieved March 1, 2012.

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