Casey Sherman

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Casey Sherman

Casey Sherman (born January 19, 1969) is an American author, journalist and screenwriter most famous for his 2009 novel The Finest Hours.

Life and career[edit]

Sherman was born in Hyannis, Massachusetts. He attended Barnstable High School and graduated from Fryeburg Academy in 1988. He studied at Boston University, graduating in 1992.

As a television news producer for WBZ-TV, Sherman led a high-profile re-investigation of his aunt's murder, which he later chronicled in his 2003 book, A Rose for Mary: The Hunt for the Real Boston Strangler. Sherman's work suggests that his aunt, 19-year old Mary Sullivan, might not have been a victim of the Boston Strangler, as commonly believed.

Sherman wrote The Finest Hours in 2009, co-authored with Michael J. Tougias. The book was developed into the 2016 motion picture of the same name. It was filmed in Quincy, Massachusetts and Chatham, Massachusetts for Walt Disney Pictures. The Craig Gillespie-directed film stars Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, and Eric Bana.

Sherman's other books include Animal: The Bloody Rise and Fall of the Mob's Most Feared Assassin, Bad Blood, Black Irish, Black Dragon, and Boston Strong: A City's Triumph Over Tragedy. The latter, about the city's response to the Boston Marathon bombings, was adapted as a feature dramatic film, Patriots Day (2016), starring Mark Wahlberg and directed by Peter Berg.

Sherman is also the creator/producer of the theatrical show Masters of Suspense. Sherman is represented by The Gotham Group in Los Angeles.

He has appeared as a guest analyst on CNN, FOX News, NBC's Today Show, Discovery, History, Travel Channel, Dateline NBC, CBS Evening News, ABC World News Tonight, and others.

Sherman is a contributing writer for Esquire, FOX, Boston Magazine, Boston Common, and The Huffington Post.

In 2016 Sherman, Dave Wedge, and film producer Ted Collins announced the formation of Whydah Productions, a film/TV/streaming content production company based in Boston and Los Angeles. Whydah, named after a pirate shipwreck recovered off the coast of Cape Cod, is developing Billion Dollar Sound, a TV series based on Lou Pearlman and the boy band explosion in the 1990s, among other projects.[1]


  • A Rose for Mary: The Hunt for the Real Boston Strangler (2003)
  • Black Irish (2007)
  • Black Dragon (2008)
  • Bad Blood: Freedom and Death in the White Mountains (2009)
  • The Finest Hours: The True Story Behind the US Coast Guard's Most Daring Rescue (2009)
  • Animal: The Bloody Rise and Fall of the Mob's Most Feared Assassin (2013)
  • The Finest Hours (Young Readers Edition) (2014)
  • The Way Back Esquire (2014)
  • Boston Strong: A City's Triumph over Tragedy (2015)


  • Emmy Award (nominated)
  • 2010 Truth & Justice Award
  • 2010 Massachusetts Book of the Year finalist (for The Finest Hours)
  • 2010 New Hampshire Literary Prize finalist (for "Bad Blood")
  • 2014 Junior Library Guild selection (for "The Finest Hours")


  1. ^ Busch, Anita (2016-08-23). "‘Boston Strong’ Authors & Producer Set Up New Production Company; Corrupt Boy Band Manager TV Series On Way". Deadline. Retrieved 2016-12-02. 
  • 1. Lauren Beckham Falcone, Time Spent with Finest Hours Writer Casey Sherman The Boston Herald, June 16, 2009
  • 2. Laura Raposa There Will Be Bad Blood The Boston Herald, April 4, 2010

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