David Liss

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David Liss
Liss at the 2016 Texas Book Festival
Liss at the 2016 Texas Book Festival
Born (1966-03-16) March 16, 1966 (age 56)
New Jersey, United States
OccupationWriter, author
CitizenshipUnited States
EducationSyracuse University
Georgia State University
Columbia University
GenreThriller, mystery, comic books

David Liss (born March 16, 1966) is an American writer of novels, essays and short fiction; more recently working also in comic books.[1][2] He was born in New Jersey and grew up in South Florida. Liss received his BA degree from Syracuse University, an MA from Georgia State University and his M. Phil from Columbia University. He left his post-graduate studies of 18th Century British literature and unfinished dissertation to write full-time. "If things had not worked out with fiction, I probably would have kept to my graduate school career track and sought a job as a literature professor," he said.[3] A full-time writer since 2010, Liss lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife and children.[4]

Most of Liss' novels are historical-mystery (or historical-thriller) novels. Settings include 18th-century London and America and 17th-century Amsterdam. One novel, The Ethical Assassin, is a modern mystery-thriller. His first book, A Conspiracy of Paper (2000), won the 2001 Edgar Award for Best First Novel.[5] A member of the International Thriller Writers,[6] he is a regular attendee at Bouchercon and Thrillerfest.



Short fiction[edit]

  • "The Double Dealer", in the anthology Thriller.
  • "What Maisie Knew", in the anthology The New Dead, edited by Christopher Golden. ISBN 978-0-312-55971-7
  • "Watchlist: A Serial Thriller". ISBN 978-1-59315-559-9 (Collaborator)
  • "A Bad Season for Necromancy", in the anthology Four Summoner's Tales. ISBN 978-1-4516-9668-4
  • "Hollow Choices", with Robert Jackson Bennett, first published in Dark Duets: All-New Tales of Horror and Dark Fantasy, Harper Voyager, 2014
  • "Dead Man's Pecker", first published in Dark Discoveries, issue #26, 2014

Comic books[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Art at Our Doorstep: San Antonio Writers and Artists featuring David Liss. Edited by Nan Cuba and Riley Robinson (Trinity University Press, 2008).


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