Peter Spiegelman

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Peter Spiegelman
Peter Spiegelman.jpg
Spiegelman at the St. Louis County Library, 2011
Born 1958 (age 58–59)
Occupation Author
Nationality American
Alma mater Vassar College
Period English
Genre Crime
Notable works John March series
Notable awards Shamus Award
Spouse Alice Wang[1]

Peter Spiegelman is an American crime fiction author and former Wall Street executive. He is most known for his series of books following the cases of the Manhattan-based private eye, John March, winning a Shamus Award for the first novel in the series. He lives with his family in Connecticut.


Spiegelman grew up in Forest Hills, Queens and, creating his own home made superhero comic books, was interested in writing from a young age.[3] He attended boarding school and studied English as an undergraduate at Vassar College, New York, winning the Beatrice Daw Brown prize for "a member of the senior class who has demonstrated excellence in the composition of poetry".[4][5][6]

Spiegelman then "sobered up and realized I had to pay the rent" and worked for twenty years in the financial services industry; starting out as a computer programmer for a small consulting firm and ending up as a vice president of J.P. Morgan.[3][4] He followed this by becoming a junior partner for The Frustum Group, a company that sold computer software to large financial institutions, until, in 2001, it was sold for "a "high eight-figure" sum" allowing him the financial freedom to return to writing.[3][7] Speaking about his time on the trading floor, Spiegelman stated that "it's a great place to study dysfunctional egos and uncompromising greed - great for an aspiring novelist. Wall Street is such a 'noirish' place."[5]

He currently lives in Ridgefield, Connecticut, with his wife Alice Wang, a managing director at J. P. Morgan.[1][3]


John March series[edit]

The series of books follows John March, an ex-deputy Sheriff and current Manhattan-based private eye.[3] Spiegelman came up with the character "during his drives from Ridgefield" to his workplace in White Plains, New York.[3][8]

  • 2003 Black Maps
  • 2005 Death's Little Helpers (aka No Way Home)
  • 2007 Red Cat (aka The Alibi League)
  • 2007 This Year's Model (short-story)
  • 2009 False Dawn

Standalone works[edit]


His first novel, Black Maps, earned him the 2004 Shamus Award in the "Best First P. I. novel" category.[9] The third novel of the John March series, Red Cat, was nominated for the 2008 Barry Award for "Best Novel".[10] His fourth novel, Thick as Thieves, was recognised by Kirkus Reviews editor Elaine Szewczyk as one of the "Best Fiction [novels] of 2011".[11]


  1. ^ a b "Alice Wang honored by Asian American Professionals organization". 2009-06-26. Retrieved 2012-07-19. 
  2. ^ Tuz, Susan (2005-07-11). "Author revives sleuth for second mystery - page 2". The News-Times. Retrieved 2012-07-19. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Cowan, Alison Leigh (July 20, 2005). "The Case of the Writer Who Left Wall Street". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-07-18. 
  4. ^ a b "Wall Street Meets Classic Caper In Thick As Thieves". NPR. 2011-08-06. Retrieved 2012-07-18. 
  5. ^ a b Tuz, Susan (2005-07-11). "Author revives sleuth for second mystery". The News-Times. Retrieved 2012-07-19. 
  6. ^ "Prizes - English". Vassar College. Retrieved 2012-07-19. 
  7. ^ Campion, Kathleen (2007-02-16). "Trading-Floor Paranoia, Egos Inspire Crime Writer Spiegelman". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2012-07-19. 
  8. ^ "Black Apple: Manhattan Noir". Spot-On Writers. 2007-02-01. Retrieved 2012-07-19. 
  9. ^ "The Private Eye Writers of America and The Shamus Awards". Retrieved 2012-07-18. 
  10. ^ "Barry Awards". Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine. Retrieved 2012-07-18. 
  11. ^ Szewczyk, Elaine (2011). "Best Fiction of 2011". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 2012-07-18.