Michael Capuzzo

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Michael Capuzzo
Born (1957-05-01) May 1, 1957 (age 62)
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
OccupationJournalist, author
ResidenceWenonah, New Jersey
Notable worksClose to Shore: The Terrifying Shark Attacks of 1916

Michael Capuzzo (born on May 1, 1957) is an American journalist and author best known for his New York Times-bestselling nonfiction books The Murder Room and Close to Shore.[1] The Murder Room, [2][3] the true story of a private dining club of famous detectives who solve cold murders, and Close to Shore,[4][5] an historic thriller and recreation of the first American shark attack in World War I-era New Jersey, both enjoyed wide acclaim from critics and authors such as Gay Talese, Mark Bowden, John Sanford, and Michael Connelly. Capuzzo signed a contract for a new book with Simon & Schuster in 2011.

The Murder Room, published in a number of countries, was one of five finalists for The Golden Dagger Award for Non-Fiction given by the British Crime Writer's Association for the best true-crime book by any writer of any nationality published in England in 2010/2011.[6] An American TV series based on the book, also called "The Murder Room," is under development for CBS Television Studio with writer George Nolfi, (The Adjustment Bureau, The Bourne Ultimatum), scripting and producing with Julie Weitz of Carol Mendelsohn’s (CSI) production company.[7]

Capuzzo was interviewed several times on NPR about the book, including Fresh Air With Terry Gross, and the book was the subject of an ABC News prime-time one-hour special episode of 20/20 in September 2010. A resident of Wenonah, New Jersey, Capuzzo has appeared nationwide as a keynote speaker and at colleges talking about writing; at Rutgers University he taught Close to Shore as an honors colloquium, and the book was "The Big Read" at Coastal Carolina University.[8]

Selected works[edit]


  • The Murder Room : The Heirs of Sherlock Holmes Gather to Solve the World's Most Perplexing Cold Cases (August 10, 2010).
  • Close to Shore: A True Story of Terror in an Age of Innocence (2002)
  • Mutts: America's Dogs (with Brian Kilcommons)(2001)
  • Cat Caught My Heart : Purrfect Tales of Wisdom, Hope, and Love (edited with Teresa Banik Capuzzo, 1999)
  • Our Best Friends : Wagging Tales to Warm the Heart (edited with Teresa Banik Capuzzo, 1999)
  • Wild Things: The Wacky and Wonderful Truth about the Animal Kingdom (1995)


  1. ^ "Good Thing He Got His Licks in," The New York Times, Nov. 4, 2001
  2. ^ Review: Michael Capuzzo's 'Murder Room' belongs on the same shelf as David Simon's 'Homicide,' The St. Petersburg Times, Aug. 29, 2010
  3. ^ True crime review: Nonfiction story of Vidocq Society and its puzzling cases grab reader, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Aug. 8, 2010
  4. ^ Books Briefly Noted: Close to Shore, The New Yorker, July 9, 2001
  5. ^ Picks & Pans Review: Close to Shore, People magazine, June 25, 2001
  6. ^ The CWA Dagger Awards, Crime Writers Association web site, www.thecwa.co.uk/daggers/2011/non.html
  7. ^ CSI's Carol Mendelsohn Sets Up Six New Dramas, TVGuide.com, Oct. 25, 2011
  8. ^ Strauss, Robert. "WORTH NOTING; Good Thing He Got His Licks In", The New York Times, November 4, 2001. Accessed July 9, 2008. "Michael Capuzzo of Wenonah had a tremendous run this summer with his book Close to Shore: A True Story of Terror in an Age of Innocence (Broadway Books), a detailed account of shark attacks at the Jersey shore in 1916."

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