About Joe


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Joe’s Hot List – Publishers, Agents, Publicists and More

Fellow Authors and Friends

  • Peter Abrahams (www.peterabrahams.com) – the Edgar-nominated author of DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE, OBLIVION and other titles.
  • Lee Child (www.leechild.com) – author of the bestselling Jack Reacher series.
  • Harlan Coben (www.harlancoben.com) – taller than Joe, but a great writer; author of the bestselling TELL NO ONE and the Myron Bolitar series.
  • Nelson DeMille (www.nelsondemille.net) – one of Joe’s favorite writers and a great guy who’s been enormously helpful, beginning with Joe’s first book (THE MOSCOW CLUB).
  • Tess Gerritsen (www.tessgerritsen.com) – author of the Edgar-nominated VANISH, among many terrific medical thrillers.
  • Malcolm Gladwell (www.gladwell.com) – author of BLINK and THE TIPPING POINT, and one of the most imaginative thinkers about modern life.
  • Gregg Hurwitz (www.gregghurwitz.net) – author of TRUST NO ONE and other thrillers.
  • Joseph Kanon (www.josephkanon.com) – author of four wonderful political thrillers, set during and after the Second World War.
  • Andrew Klavan (www.andrewklavan.com) – another master of the modern thriller.
  • Dennis Lehane (www.dennislehanebooks.com) – the author of MYSTIC RIVER takes the crime novel to new levels.
  • David Liss (www.davidliss.com) – shorter than Joe and even more sardonic; the only author Joe knows who is equally at home with 17th-century finance and the politics of modern Florida.
  • Chris Mooney (www.chrismooneybooks.com) – Boston-based author of REMEMBERING SARAH, another Edgar nominee.
  • David Morrell (www.davidmorrell.net) – godfather of the modern thriller and an unequalled writer of action scenes.
  • Douglas Preston (www.prestonchild.com) – another founder of the International Thriller Writers, and the author of some wonderful nonfiction as well as the thrillers he writes with Lincoln Child.
  • Lisa Scottoline (www.scottoline.com) – creator of a wonderful series of linked novels about tough female attorneys in Philadelphia.

Organizations Joe Supports

  • International Thriller Writers (www.thrillerwriters.org) – Joe was a founding member of ITW, created in 2004 to celebrate and recognize excellence among writers of thrillers. KILLER INSTINCT won the 2007 Thriller Award for Best Novel.
  • Association of Former Intelligence Officers (www.afio.org) – A nationwide organization dedicated to providing the American public with a better knowledge and understanding of intelligence operations and the need for them.
  • International Association of Crime Writers (www.crimewritersna.org) – An organization that promotes the translation of crime writing into other languages, and works to defend authors against censorship and tyranny.
  • Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival (www.harrogate-festival.org.uk/crime) – Europe’s biggest crime writing event. The Festival, held in Harrogate, is an annual four-day event which brings together the very best in crime fiction in a series of events, interviews, and panel sessions.
  • Kelly Packowski Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis (www.kpmsfoundation.com) – Joe is a big supporter of this Boston-based organization, founded by his friends John and Kelly Packowski after Kelly was diagnosed with MS. Its mission is “Changing one life at a time” by providing services and counseling for individuals and families coping with MS.
  • Mystery Writers of America (www.mysterywriters.org) – the premier organization for authors of crime fiction, and the group that awards the Edgars each year.
  • PEN New England (www.pen-ne.org) – Joe was on the board and still supports this organization, which seeks to advance the cause of literature and reading in New England and defend free expression everywhere.
  • ReadBoston (www.readboston.org) – An early literacy program founded by Mayor Tom Merino, dedicated to making sure that all Boston children can read at grade level by the time they finish third grade. Joe is a supporter and has given readings, in conjunction with Boston Private Bank, to help raise money for this organization.
  • The Yale Whiffenpoofs (www.yale.edu/whiffenpoofs) – Joe sang with this world-famous a cappella group while a senior at Yale.

The Business World

  • OldPhones.com (www.oldphones.com) – Joe’s brother found a way to turn his passion for collecting vintage telephones into a business.
  • Freakonomics blog (www.freakonomics.com/blog) – The authors of one of the most entertaining business books in years keep the conversation going.
  • Steelcase (www.steelcase.com) – Steelcase provided much of the real-life background for COMPANY MAN.
  • Arsenal Consulting (www.arsenalexperts.com) – A Boston company that provides computer forensics services.

More Sites for Readers

  • Lovereading (www.lovereading.co.uk) – a British site for readers to share their opinions and recommendations and find authors who may be new to them.
  • BookBitch (www.bookbitch.com) – reviews and more from the legendary Stacy Alessi, who is not a bitch at all.
  • The Book Reporter (www.bookreporter.com) – Author interviews, book news and reviews from the folks who bring you AuthorsOnTheWeb.com.
  • Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind (www.sarahweinman.com) – An online literary salon for and about the crime fiction community, run by the extremely well-read Sarah Weinman.
  • Crime Fiction Dossier (www.crimefictionblog.com) – Reviewer David Montgomery comments on the crime fiction scene.
  • CrimeSpree magazine (www.crimespreemag.com) – A journal of crime fiction, author interviews, news and reviews.
  • Deadly Pleasures magazine (www.deadlypleasures.com) – “America’s premier fan-oriented mystery magazine.”
  • January Magazine (www.janmag.com) – An online literary magazine that reports on all types of books, but has a particularly good crime fiction section.
  • Levenger (www.levenger.com) – “Tools for Serious Readers,” and the store most likely to benefit if Joe ever wins the lottery.
  • Mystery Ink (www.mysteryinkonline.com) – A journal of crime fiction reviews and author interviews, and the home of the Gumshoe Awards.
  • Mystery Scene magazine (www.mysteryscenemag.com) – “Your guide to the best in mystery, crime and suspense.”
  • Off the Page (http://weblogs.sun-sentinel.com/features/arts/offthepage/blog/) – A blog for readers brought to you by the Sun-Sentinel‘s Oline Cogdill and Chauncey Mabe, two of the most thoughtful reviewers in the business.
  • Shots (www.shotsmag.co.uk) – A U.K.-based online crime and mystery magazine.
  • The Well-Read Life – The online literary community of Levenger, led by Joe’s friend Steve Leveen.
  • BookDaily.com – Book samples for book lovers.