Deaver at the Waterstones bookstore in England
May 6, 1950 |
Glen Ellyn, Illinois, U.S.
|Genre||Mystery fiction, crime writer, thriller|
|Relatives||Julie Deaver (sister)|
Jeffery Deaver (born May 6, 1950) is an American mystery/crime writer. He has a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a law degree from Fordham University and originally started working as a journalist. He later practiced law before embarking on a successful career as a best-selling novelist. He has been awarded the Steel Dagger and Short Story Dagger  from the British Crime Writers' Association and the Nero Wolfe Award, and he is a three-time recipient of the Ellery Queen Reader's Award for Best Short Story of the Year and a winner of the British Thumping Good Read Award. His novels have appeared on bestseller lists around the world, including The New York Times, The Times, Italy's Corriere della Sera, The Sydney Morning Herald, and The Los Angeles Times.
Life and career
Deaver was born outside Chicago in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, and grew up in a creative family. His mother was an artist, and his father an advertising writer.  His sister Julie Deaver is an author of young adult novels.  Deaver was a journalist, folksinger, and attorney. He lives alone and does a great deal of cooking in all cuisines. The book that inspired him to write was From Russia With Love, a James Bond novel by Ian Fleming. 
Deaver's most popular series features his regular character Lincoln Rhyme, a quadriplegic detective, and NYPD Detective Amelia Sachs. Deaver stated in a 2006 Early Show interview that he would rotate between his new series and Lincoln Rhyme each year. Virtually all of his works feature a trick ending or multiple trick endings.
Deaver's 2001 book The Blue Nowhere features criminal hackers (one using social engineering to commit murder), as well as a law enforcement computer crime unit. In this book, Deaver gives credit to Lee de Forest, the inventor of the Audion (also known as the triode tube), who is thus considered to have opened the world to electronic development.)
Deaver edited The Best American Mystery Stories 2009.
Three of Deaver's novels have been produced into films:
- A Maiden's Grave made for TV as film Dead Silence 1997
- The Bone Collector released 1999
- The Devil's Teardrop made for TV 2010
Deaver also created the characters and—in a collaboration with 14 other noted writers—wrote the 17-part serial thriller The Chopin Manuscript narrated by Alfred Molina that was broadcast on Audible.com from September 25 to November 13, 2007. It is now also available in print.
Deaver was chosen to write an official new James Bond novel: Carte Blanche is set in 2011 and was published on May 25, 2011. He is the second American author to write Bond novels, after Raymond Benson.
Stand alone works
- Mistress of Justice (1992)
- The Lesson of Her Death (1993)
- Praying for Sleep (1994)
- A Maiden's Grave (1995)
- The Devil's Teardrop (1999) (introduces Parker Kincaid, includes a scene with Lincoln Rhyme)
- Speaking in Tongues (2000)
- The Blue Nowhere (2001)
- Garden of Beasts (2004)
- The Chopin Manuscript (2008) (collaborative fiction)
- The Bodies Left Behind (2008)
- Edge (2010)
- The October List (2013)
John Pellam (Location Scout series)
- Shallow Graves (1992)
- Bloody River Blues (1993)
- Hell's Kitchen (2001)
- The Bone Collector (1997)
- The Coffin Dancer (1998)
- The Empty Chair (2000)
- The Stone Monkey (2002)
- The Vanished Man (2003) (includes an appearance by Parker Kincaid)
- The Twelfth Card (2005) (includes an appearance by Parker Kincaid)
- The Cold Moon (2006) (Introduces Kathryn Dance)
- The Broken Window (2008)
- The Burning Wire (2010)
- The Kill Room (2013)
- The Skin Collector (2014)
- The Steel Kiss (2016)
- The Burial Hour (2017)
- The Cutting Edge (2018)
- The Sleeping Doll (2007) (includes a brief appearance by Lincoln Rhyme)
- Roadside Crosses (2009)
- XO (2012) (includes a brief appearance by Lincoln Rhyme)
- Solitude Creek (May 12, 2015)
- Carte Blanche (2011)
- A Confederacy of Crime (2001)
- Twisted (2003)
- More Twisted (2006) (includes a story featuring Lincoln Rhyme)
- Trouble in Mind (2014) (includes two stories featuring Lincoln Rhyme, one story featuring Kathryn Dance and one story featuring John Pellam)
- The Lineup: The World's Greatest Crime Writers Tell the Inside Story of Their Greatest Detectives (2009) (Includes a short Mysterious Profile about Lincoln Rhyme)
- Faceoff (2014) (includes Lincoln Rhyme vs. Lucas Davenport in “Rhymes With Prey,” by Jeffery Deaver and John Sandford
- Jeffery Deaver's Biography
- "Never Say Never: Jeffery Deaver to Write New James Bond Novel" The New York Times. Retrieved February 4, 2011
- "The first copies of the eagerly awaited new Bond book, Carte Blanche, arrived in style". Retrieved 2011-05-26.
- "James Bond: Jeffery Deaver unveils his 21st Century spy". BBC News. May 25, 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-26.
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