Guide to Seattle’s Best Crime Writers
Looking for a good mystery or crime novel? Seattle has had it’s share of headline-making news when it comes to crime, and we have the authors to tell the stories. Here are some of our favorites.
Author Gregg Olsen, according to his website, is a Seattle native currenly living in Olalla, “with his wife, twin daughters, three chickens, Milo (an obedience school dropout cocker spaniel) and Suri (a mini dachshund so spoiled she wears a sweater)”. Gregg’s publisher, Sterling, says Gregg Olsen is a New York Times bestselling and award-winning author whose books have sold over one million copies. His book, Starvation Heights was honored by the Washington State Librarian and Washington’s Secretary of State for the book’s contribution to Washington state history and culture. The book tells the story of Washington’s Dr. Linda Burfield Hazzard, whose odd “remedies” for good health left many patients near death or dead in her Olalla, WA sanitorium. His latest series, a young adult crime books Envy and Betrayal, have all the mystery and mayhem, along with two clue collecting sleuths, 15-year olds Hayley and Taylor.
New York Times’ bestselling author Ann Rule rose to fame after her book The Stranger Beside Me was published in 1980. The book is about the life of serial killer Ted Bundy, whom Ann Rule knew prior to his arrest, when they both volunteered at a suicide prevention hotline. Ann, according to her website, is a former Seattle Policewoman and former caseworker for the Washington State Department of Public Assistance. She has written over 33 books and 1400 articles, mostly on criminal cases in the past 30 years. Ann makes her home in the Seattle area, and has a new book coming out in November, 2012, which will look at the Susan Cox Powell case. Susan, a Utah woman, went missing in 2009 and her parents were working with Ann Rule on a potential book when Susan’s husband Josh Powell, living in Washington, took his life and the lives of his two young sons in February, 2012.
Lowen Clausen, a Seattle resident, served over a dozen years on the Seattle police force, and was a Ballard businessman before becoming a fictional crime writer. Both of those professions helped him come up with the plots and twists of his stories, which read quickly and are filled with Seattle references. Follow along as fictional Seattle cop Katherine Murphy solves crimes in the Northwest throughout Clausen’s first three novels.
Congressman Dave Reichert, a US Representative from Washington state’s 8th district. Rep. Reichert was the former King County Sheriff, and lead the Green River Task Force in the hunt for Gary Ridgeway, the famed Green River Killer who was finally arrested in 2001 and convicted of 48 murders during the 1980s and 1990s. As a result, Rep. Reichert wrote his 2005 book, Chasing the Devil: My Twenty-Year Quest to Capture the Green River Killer. Lauded by Publishers Weekly, The Seattle Times, and others, this is Congressman Reichert’s first hand account of solving one of the biggest crimes in the Northwest.
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