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Lisa Lutz

USA flag (b.1970)

Lisa Lutz is the New York Times bestselling author of The Spellman Files, Curse of the Spellmans, Revenge of the Spellmans, The Spellmans Strike Again, Trail of the Spellmans, Spellman Six: The Next Generation (previously published as The Last Word), Heads you Lose (with David Hayward), and the children's book, How to Negotiate Everything (illustrated by Jaime Temairik). Her latest book, How to Start a Fire, will be published in May 2015. Lutz has won the Alex award and has been nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel.

Although she attended UC Santa Cruz, UC Irvine, the University of Leeds in England, and San Francisco State University, she still does not have a bachelor's degree. Lisa spent most of the 1990s hopping through a string of low-paying odd jobs while writing and rewriting the screenplay Plan B, a mob comedy. After the film was made in 2000, she vowed she would never write another screenplay. Lisa lives in the Hudson Valley, NY.

Genres: Mystery
Izzy Spellman Mystery
   1. The Spellman Files (2007)
   2. Curse of the Spellmans (2008)
   3. Revenge of the Spellmans (2009)
   4. The Spellmans Strike Again (2010)
   5. Trail of the Spellmans (2012)
   Isabel Spellman's Guide to Etiquette (2013) (with Isabel Spellman)
   6. Spellman Six (2013)
     aka The Last Word
   Heads You Lose (2011) (with David Hayward)
   How to Start a Fire (2015)
   The Passenger (2016)
   The Swallows (2019)
   The Accomplice (2022)
Non fiction
Anthony Awards Best First Novel nominee (2008) : The Spellman Files
Barry Awards Best First Novel nominee (2008) : The Spellman Files
Dilys Awards Best Book nominee (2008) : The Spellman Files
Macavity Awards Best First Novel nominee (2008) : The Spellman Files
Edgar Awards Best Novel nominee (2009) : Curse of the Spellmans
Macavity Awards Best Novel nominee (2009) : Curse of the Spellmans

Lisa Lutz recommends
Dark Ride (2023)
Lou Berney
"Dark Ride is a wild, funny, intense, charming, brilliantly written thriller that I couldn't have loved more. From page one to the stunning end, I was under its spell. (If you don't love this book, give me a call so I can tell you what a moron you are.)"
Two Nights in Lisbon (2022)
Chris Pavone
"Aside from the elegant writing and compelling characters, Two Nights in Lisbon manages to be a total barn burner, with twisty surprises from start to finish. I couldn't predict a thing, nor could I put it down."
The Photographer (2021)
Mary Dixie Carter
"A twisted, dark, psychological thriller, The Photographer by Mary Dixie Carter is a riveting and unsettling read. I couldn’t put it down."
Black Nowhere (2019)
(Lisa Tanchik, book 1)
Reece Hirsch
"Black Nowhere is a blast. A gripping thriller with wonderfully nuanced characters. If you haven’t been reading Reece Hirsch, it’s time to start."
Tell Me Everything (2019)
Cambria Brockman
"At once a complex thriller and antihero origin story, Cambria Brockman's riveting debut is a true page-turner."
Blown (2018)
Mark Haskell Smith
"If you haven't been reading Mark Haskell Smith, get your sh*t together. Start with Blown, which is a blast. It's a gripping, hilarious, wild ride of a book. I loved it."

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