David Liss

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David Liss in 2007

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 B. A. degree from Syracuse University, an M. A. 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] Now (2010) a full-time writer, Liss lives in San Antonio, Texas with his wife and children.[4]

Most of Liss' novels to date (through 2009) 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]

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).


  1. ^ [1] The Daring Mystery Comics 70th Anniversary Special, featuring The Phantom Reporter
  2. ^ [2] Black Panther: The Man Without Fear #513 (new ongoing writer)
  3. ^ [3] The Devil's Company by David Liss, International Thriller Writers (accessed 08-2010)
  4. ^ [4] Author's website - bio (accessed 08-2010)
  5. ^ [5] Edgar Awards database (accessed 08-2010)
  6. ^ [6] David Liss page at International Thriller Writers (accessed 08-2010)
  7. ^ [7] Dynamite Announces 'Moriarty' (accessed 08-09-2013)

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