• Happy 80th, John Lutz! (Edgar winner & author of "Single White Female")

    From lenona321@yahoo.com@21:1/5 to All on Wed Sep 11 16:35:57 2019
    Born in Dallas, he now lives in Webster Groves, Missouri.

    Not, of course, to be confused with the 46-year-old comedian/screenwriter from TV's "30 Rock"! Or with the 60-year-old Canadian historian.

    His most popular books seems to be from the Frank Quinn series.

    (website, with photo)

    (book covers)

    (slideshow of covers)

    (includes article about his work)

    (Kirkus reviews)

    (reader reviews)

    (podcast of 2011 interview)

    (Q&A from 2011)

    (Q&A from 2012)


    "John Lutz is the author of more than forty novels and more than 200 short stories. He has written everything from horror and occult, to humor, thriller, mystery and suspense. His novel SWF Seeks Same was made into the movie Single White Female, starring
    Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh. His novel The Ex was made into the HBO original movie of the same title, which he co-wrote the screenplay for. John is a past president of both Mystery Writers of America and Private Eye Writers of America. He has
    won such awards as the MWA Edgar, the Trophee 813 Award, the PWA Life Achievement Award, the PWA Shamus, and the Short Mystery Fiction Society’s Golden Derringer Lifetime Achievement Award."

    (Q&A from 2018)


    Q: "You've written private eye, serial killer, psychological suspense — every genre in crime fiction. Why have you now turned to the spy thriller?"

    A: "All crime fiction is about people doing bad things. In the espionage genre, they're doing big bad things. I guess you could say I'm interested in evil-doing on a global scale."

    Q: "But your work is distinguished by your — what shall we call them, sympathetic villains? Even the serial killers."

    A: "Human villains, anyway. Humans seldom think of themselves as being bad. Even if they're doing unquestionably evil deeds, they're being forced to. That holds true with the espionage genre. The villains are serving their country. Or keeping faith with
    some sort of ideology. They're determined and courageous. Which is what makes them so dangerous."

    (1:02 video of Lutz)

    From "Contemporary Authors":

    "Has worked in construction, as a civilian police employee, and as a truck driver."


    "Mystery Writers of America, scroll, 1981, for short story "Until You Are Dead," Edgar Allan Poe Award, 1986, for short story "Ride the Lightning," and Edgar Allan Poe Award nomination for best paperback original, 2003, for The Night Watcher; Private Eye
    Writers of America, Shamus Awards, 1982, 1989, for Kiss, and Shamus Award for lifetime achievement, 1995; Gold Derringer Life Achievement Award, Short Mystery Fiction Society, 2001."

    (includes very long booklist)

    WORKS (some of them, anyway):


    The Truth of the Matter, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 1971.
    Bonegrinder, Putnam (New York, NY), 1976.
    Lazarus Man, Morrow (New York, NY), 1979.
    Jericho Man, Morrow (New York, NY), 1980.
    The Shadow Man, Morrow (New York, NY), 1981.
    (With Bill Pronzini) The Eye, Mysterious Press (New York, NY), 1984.
    Shadowtown, Mysterious Press (New York, NY), 1988.
    SWF Seeks Same (aka Single White Female), St. Martin's (New York, NY), 1990.
    Dancing with the Dead, St. Martin's (New York, NY), 1992.
    The Ex, Kensington (San Diego, CA), 1996.
    (With others) Final Seconds, Kensington (San Diego, CA), 1998.


    Buyer Beware, Putnam (New York, NY), 1976.
    Nightlines, St. Martin's (New York, NY), 1984.
    The Right to Sing the Blues, St. Martin's (New York, NY), 1986.
    Ride the Lightning, St. Martin's (New York, NY), 1987.
    Dancer's Debt, St. Martin's (New York, NY), 1988.
    Time Exposure, St. Martin's (New York, NY), 1989.
    Diamond Eyes, St. Martin's (New York, NY), 1990.
    Thicker Than Blood, St. Martin's (New York, NY), 1993.
    Death by Jury, St. Martin's (New York, NY), 1995.
    Oops!, St. Martin's (New York, NY), 1998.


    Tropical Heat, Holt (New York, NY), 1986.
    Scorcher, Holt (New York, NY), 1987.
    Flame, Holt (New York, NY), 1989.
    Kiss, Holt (New York, NY), 1990.
    Bloodfire, Holt (New York, NY), 1991.
    Hot, Holt (New York, NY), 1992.
    Spark, Holt (New York, NY), 1993.
    Torch, Holt (New York, NY), 1994.
    Burn, Holt (New York, NY), 1995.
    Lightning, Holt (New York, NY), 1996.


    The Night Caller, Pinnacle Books (New York, NY), 2001.
    The Night Watcher, Pinnacle Books (New York, NY), 2002.
    The Night Spider, Kensington Pub. (New York, NY), 2003.
    Fear the Night, Pinnacle Books (New York, NY), 2005.
    Chill of Night, Kensington Pub. (New York, NY), 2006.


    Darker Than Night, Pinnacle Books (New York, NY), 2004.
    In for the Kill, Pinnacle Books/Kensington Pub. (New York, NY), 2007.
    Night Kills, Pinnacle Books/Kensington Pub. (New York, NY), 2008.
    Urge to Kill, Pinnacle Books/Kensington Pub. (New York, NY), 2009.
    Mister X, Pinnacle Books (New York, NY), 2010.
    Serial, Pinnacle Books (New York, NY), 2011.
    Pulse, Pinnacle Books (New York, NY), 2011.


    Better Mousetraps, St. Martin's (New York, NY), 1988.
    Shadows Everywhere, Mystery Scene Press, 1994.
    Until You Are Dead, Five Star, 1998.
    The Nudger Dilemmas, Five Star, 2001.
    Endless Road, and Other Stories, Five Star (Waterville, ME), 2003.


    "Author (with Larry Cohen) of the screenplay adaptation The Ex, based on Lutz's novel of the same title. Contributor to anthologies, including Alfred Hitchcock's Tales to Make Your Blood Run Cold, edited by Eleanor Sullivan, Dial (New York, NY), 1978;
    Ellery Queen's Circumstantial Evidence, edited by Queen, Dial (New York, NY), 1980; Arbor House Treasury of Mystery and Suspense, edited by Martin Greenberg, Malzberg, and Pronzini, Arbor House (New York, NY), 1981; Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the
    Supernatural, Arbor House (New York, NY), 1981; and Creature, edited by Pronzini, Arbor House (New York, NY), 1981. Contributor of about 250 short stories to magazines."


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