A. J. Finn

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A.J. Finn
Mallory at HeadRead 2018
Mallory at HeadRead 2018
BornDaniel Mallory
Alma materDuke University
Notable worksThe Woman in the Window (2020)

Daniel Mallory (born 1979) is an American editor and author who writes under the name A. J. Finn. His 2018 novel The Woman in the Window debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Seller list and has been adapted into a feature film. Mallory came to attention in 2019 for lying extensively about his past in order to excuse personal shortcomings and illegitimately further his literary work and career.

Early life and education[edit]

Mallory moved with his family to Charlotte, North Carolina, where he attended Charlotte Latin School.[1] At Duke University, he majored in English[2] and acted.[3]


Mallory worked for several years in London at Sphere Books, an imprint of Little, Brown and Company.[2] He wrote The Woman in the Window, his first novel, while living in New York and working as a vice president and executive editor at publisher William Morrow and Company.[3] It debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Seller list[2][4] and has been adapted into a feature film starring Amy Adams and Gary Oldman, was set for release in 2020 but postponed for am undetermined date.[5][6][7]

In February 2019, an article in The New Yorker accused Mallory of fabricating numerous aspects of his life and career, including having earned a doctorate from the University of Oxford, having suffered from cancer and a brain tumor, having lost his mother to cancer, having lost his brother to suicide; and of borrowing heavily from the 1995 thriller film Copycat, without attribution, for his debut novel.[8][9] Mallory subsequently released a statement in which he admitted that his mother had survived her cancer and that his brother was also still alive. While Mallory has attributed his deceptive behavior to his diagnosis of bipolar II disorder, a psychiatrist interviewed in the aforementioned article noted that one "cannot attribute to that diagnosis delusions, amnesia, or 'chronic lying for secondary gain, or to get attention.'"


  1. ^ "Alumni: Class notes". Latin magazine. Charlotte Latin School. Spring 2018. p. 54 – via Issuu.
  2. ^ a b c Weir, Keziah (January 19, 2018). "Your Book Editor Just Snagged Your Spot on the Best-Seller List". New York Times. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Bliwise, Robert (April 17, 2018). "Dan Mallory's 'Window' on success". Duke magazine. Duke University. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  4. ^ "The New York Times Best Seller List: January 21, 2018: Fiction" (PDF). The New York Times. Retrieved February 4, 2019 – via www.hawes.com.
  5. ^ Adams, Tim (January 14, 2018). "Daniel Mallory: 'Without Gone Girl I'd never have written this book'". The Guardian. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  6. ^ "Why Dan Mallory is grappling with the success of his author alter ego, AJ Finn". Noted. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  7. ^ Walden, Celia (January 26, 2018). "Meet blockbuster British author AJ Finn - the man who says he "thinks like a woman"". The Telegraph. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  8. ^ Parker, Ian (February 11, 2019). "A Suspense Novelist's Trail of Deceptions". New Yorker. Condé Nast. Archived from the original on 2019-02-04. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  9. ^ "The Woman in the Window author hit with allegations of deception, including claims he faked a brain tumour". The Independent. February 5, 2019. Retrieved February 5, 2019.

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