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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
   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
The California Roll (2010)
(Radar Hoverlander, book 1)
John Vorhaus
"Immensely enjoyable."
The Yard (2012)
(Scotland Yard's Murder Squad, book 1)
Alex Grecian
"A brilliantly crafted debut novel with unforgettable characters. An utterly gripping tale perfectly evokes Victorian London and brings you right back to the depraved and traumatic days of Jack the Ripper."
Girl Waits With Gun (2015)
(Kopp Sisters, book 1)
Amy Stewart
"Girl Waits with Gun" is fresh, funny and utterly compelling-- and Constance Kopp and her sisters are not just great investigators, but completely original women. It was a blast from start to finish and I can t wait to see what Deputy Kopp gets up to next."
The Sisters Chase (2017)
Sarah Healy
"Part mystery, part road novel, part family saga, The Sisters Chase had me riveted from the first secret to the last revelation. Mary Chase is a force of nature and a truly unforgettable heroine."
Gangster Nation (2017)
(Gangsterland, book 2)
Tod Goldberg
"Tod Goldberg's brilliant Gangster Nation is hilarious, complex, and a total page-turner. It's also a little insane, in the best possible way."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."

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