Richard Lange

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Richard Lange (born 1961 in Oakland, California)[1] is an American writer. After receiving a degree in film from the University of Southern California, he traveled to Europe and taught English for Berlitz in Barcelona, Spain. Returning to Los Angeles, he was hired as a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications and eventually became managing editor of RIP, a heavy-metal music magazine. He later edited textbooks before becoming managing editor of Radio & Records, a radio-industry trade magazine.[2]

Lange is the author of the novels Joe Hustle (July '24), Rovers (Little, Brown/Mulholland 2021),[3] The Smack (Little, Brown/Mulholland 2017), Angel Baby (Little, Brown/Mulholland, 2013), which won the 2013 Hammett Prize, and This Wicked World (Little, Brown, 2009) and the short story collections Sweet Nothing (Little, Brown/Mulholland, 2015) and Dead Boys (Little, Brown, 2007). He has published short stories in various literary journals. "Bank of America" was selected for Best American Mystery Stories of 2004, "Baby Killer" for Best American Mystery Stories of 2011, and "Apocrypha" for Best American Mystery Stories of 2015. "Apocrypha" was awarded the 2015 Short Story Dagger by Great Britain's Crime Writers' Association. Lange was the 2008 recipient of the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a finalist for the 2008 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2009.

In 2023, the Japanese edition of Sweet Nothing, translated by Hiroto Yoshino, was nominated for the Mystery Writers of Japan Award for Mystery Fiction in Translation.[4][5]


  • Dead Boys - stories (2007)
  • This Wicked World - novel (2009)
  • Angel Baby - novel (2013)
  • Sweet Nothing - stories (2015)
  • The Smack - novel (2017)
  • Rovers - novel (2021)
  • Joe Hustle - novel (2024)


  1. ^ "Richard Lange". Los Angeles Review of Books. Retrieved 2024-01-15.
  2. ^ "To Live and Write in L.A.: Author Richard Lange". Los Angeles Public Library. 25 January 2021. Retrieved 14 January 2022.
  3. ^ "Why an acclaimed L.A. mystery writer turned to vampire bikers in the desert". Los Angeles Times. 26 July 2021. Retrieved 14 January 2022.
  4. ^ "Mystery Writers of Japan is pleased to announce a new award for Mystery Fiction in Translation". Mystery Writers of Japan, Inc. 2023-04-27. Retrieved 14 May 2023.
  5. ^ "第76回日本推理作家協会賞受賞作決定". (in Japanese). Mystery Writers of Japan, Inc. 2023-05-11. Retrieved 14 May 2023.

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