Katy Munger

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Katy Munger
Born (1956-12-29) December 29, 1956 (age 60)
Honolulu, Hawaii
Occupation Author, former columnist
Education Needham B. Broughton High School
Alma mater UNC-Chapel Hill
Genre Crime Fiction, Tart Noir
Notable awards Ellen Nehr Award[1]

Katy Munger, who has also written under the names Gallagher Gray and Chaz McGee, is an American writer known for writing the Casey Jones and Hubbert & Lil series. She is a former reviewer for the Washington Post.

Personal life[edit]

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, she soon moved to Raleigh, North Carolina, growing up with her five brothers and sisters. She describes herself as a "southern belle" and says that Casey Jones was influenced by her own character.[2]

Tart Noir[edit]

Munger's genre of writing is described as Tart Noir, which is a subsection of crime fiction created in part by Munger.[3] In publicizing the genre, she has teamed up with the three other creators and writers, Sparkle Hayter, Laura Lippman, and Lauren Henderson, for book signings and other venues.[4] It is believed that the authors first met and befriended each other by "getting drunk together at writers conferences".[5] Not long afterwards, the four worked together in creating and promoting their new website, titled Tartcity.com.[6][7] Munger and a collection of 19 other Tart Noir writers also came together to write an anthology of original stories in 2002.[8]


Munger began her writing career by publishing under a name other than her own, namely Gallagher Gray. Under this pseudonym, she wrote four books in the Hubbert & Lil series in the 1990s.[9][10][11] During the late '90s into the early 2000s, Munger wrote the Casey Jones series. However, there was then a long break in her output until she began a new series in 2009, the Dead Detective series, under a new pseudonym, Chaz McGee. She also obtained a new publisher for the series.[12]


Hubbert & Lil series (as Gallagher Gray)[edit]

  • Hubbert & Lil: Partners In Crime (1991)[13]
  • A Cast Of Killers (1992)
  • Death Of A Dream Maker (1995)
  • Motive For Murder (1996)

Casey Jones series[edit]

  • Legwork (1997)
  • Out of Time (1998)
  • Money to Burn (1999)[14]
  • Bad to the Bone (2000)
  • Better Off Dead (2001)
  • Bad Moon on the Rise (2009)

Dead Detective series (as Chaz McGee/Katy Munger)[edit]

  • Desolate Angel (2009)
  • Angel Interrupted (2010)
  • Angel of Darkness (2011)
  • Angel Among Us (2012)


  1. ^ "Katy Munger won the American Crime Writers League's 2002 award for excellence in mystery reviewing." Katy Munger (July 28, 2002). "Four tales of moody intrigue from distinctive American times and places". Washington Post. Retrieved December 4, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Katy Munger's Author Biography". Retrieved December 4, 2010. 
  3. ^ Deborah Hornblow (April 7, 2002). "Liberated Women; Lauren Henderson is the Godmother of 'Tart Noir'". Hartford Courant. Retrieved December 4, 2010. 
  4. ^ Donna Scaglione (March 1, 2004). "Tart noir comes to Cape Cod". Cape Cod Times. Retrieved December 4, 2010. 
  5. ^ University of Melbourne (2007). "Meanjin". 66 (1–2). University of Melbourne: 206. Retrieved December 4, 2010. 
  6. ^ Kimberly Stevens (April 9, 2000). "Mystery Writers Spice Up a Genre With Tart Noir". The New York Times. Retrieved December 4, 2010. 
  7. ^ Leigh Redhead (2007). Cherry Pie (Master of Philosophy thesis). University of Queensland. Retrieved December 4, 2010. 
  8. ^ Stella Duffy (August 7, 2002). "Stella Duffy's top 10 tart noir books". The Guardian. Retrieved December 4, 2010. 
  9. ^ R. Swanson, Jean; Darryl Dean James (1994). By a woman's hand: a guide to mystery fiction by women. Berkley Books. p. 89. Retrieved December 4, 2010. 
  10. ^ Nichols, Victoria; Susan Thompson (1998). Silk stalkings: more women write of murder. Scarecrow Press. pp. 275–276. Retrieved December 4, 2010. 
  11. ^ Kathleen Faulk (February 5, 1992). "Reviewers Hear Talk on Lindbergh". The Robesonian. Retrieved December 4, 2010. 
  12. ^ Sarah Weinman (July 4, 2010). "Dark Passages: Writers lost and found". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 4, 2010. 
  13. ^ Mary Campbell (February 23, 1992). "Senior Partners in Crime". The Tuscaloosa News. Retrieved December 4, 2010. 
  14. ^ Oline H. Cogdill (August 29, 1999). "Highbrow Homicide, Movie Murder". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved December 4, 2010. 

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