|Born||September 5, 1951|
A former Washington Post reporter, he is the author of books about the Aldrich Ames and John Walker espionage cases. His book Circumstantial Evidence: Death, Life, and Justice in a Southern Town won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Fact Crime Book in 1996. His book about the John Walker spy ring, Family of Spies, was a New York Times bestseller and was made into a CBS miniseries starring Powers Boothe and Lesley Ann Warren. In 2007, he was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize for his book Crazy.
Pete's sister, Alice Lee Earley, was killed at the age of 17 on June 14, 1966 when she got hit by a car while riding Pete's scooter. (Pete himself was 14 years old and at church camp when Alice was killed.) Pete subsequently wrote about Alice's death (including interviewing the woman who drove the car that hit and killed Alice) and about the effect that Alice's death had on him in a 1985 Washington Post article called "To Find a Sister."
- Family of Spies: Inside the John Walker Spy Ring, Bantam (October 1, 1988), ISBN 978-0-5530-5283-1
- Prophet of Death: The Mormon Blood Atonement Killings, William Morrow & Co (October 1991), ISBN 978-0-6881-0584-6
- The Hot House: Life Inside Leavenworth Prison, Bantam (February 1, 1992), ISBN 978-0-5530-7573-1
- Circumstantial Evidence: Death, Life, and Justice in a Southern Town, Bantam (August 1, 1995), ISBN 978-0-5530-9501-2
- Confessions of A Spy: The Real Story of Aldrich Ames, Putnam (February 10, 1997), ISBN 978-0-3991-4188-1
- Super Casino: Inside the "New" Las Vegas, Bantam (January 4, 2000), ISBN 978-0-5530-9502-9
- WITSEC: Inside The Federal Witness Protection Program, Bantam (January 29, 2002), ISBN 978-0-5538-0145-3
- Crazy: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness, Berkley (April 3, 2007), ISBN 0-425-21389-7
- Comrade J: The Untold Secrets of Russia's Master Spy in America After the End of the Cold War, Putnam (January 24, 2008), ISBN 978-0-399-15439-3
- The Serial Killer Whisperer: How One Man's Tragedy Helped Unlock the Deadliest Secrets of the World's Most Terrifying Killers, Touchstone (January 10, 2012), ISBN 978-1-4391-9902-2
- Resilience: Two Sisters and a Story of Mental Illness by Jessie Close and Pete Earley, Grand Central Publishing, (January 13, 2015), ISBN 978-1-4555-3022-9
- The Big Secret, Forge Books (June 1, 2004), ISBN 978-0-7653-0783-5
- Lethal Secrets, Forge Books (June 1, 2005), ISBN 978-0-7653-0784-2
- The Apocalypse Stone, Forge Books (June 13, 2006), ISBN 978-0-7653-1025-5
- Duplicity by Newt Gingrich and Pete Earley, Center Street (October 2015), ISBN 978-1-4555-3042-7
- Pete Earley (2009-12-04). "Pete Earley | Authors | Macmillan". Us.macmillan.com. Retrieved 2012-02-14.
- "2007 finalists". pulitzer.org. Retrieved 1 September 2009.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-05-21. Retrieved 2008-04-30. https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/23/AR2007042301749.html, https://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2008-01-26-592200836_x.htm, http://www.townhall.com/columnists/BillSteigerwald/2008/03/31/comrade_j_by_pete_earley?page=full&comments=true
- Earley, Pete (1985-03-31). "To Find a Sister". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2018-08-04.