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I'm an Edgar-nominated novelist and New York magazine's culture editor, and I'm the former culture editor of The New York Times Magazine. My writing has appeared in New York, the New York Times, GQ, The Independent on Sunday, and elsewhere. My latest novel, THE BLINDS, is a thriller about a remote, secretive town in West Texas, and it's been described by Dennis Lehane as "part thriller, part Western, part pulpy whodunit... a propulsive and meaningful meditation on redemption and loss."  

My first novel, SHOVEL READY, is a future-noir thriller about a garbageman-turned-hitman set in a dystopian New York City. SHOVEL READY was a Newsweek Favorite Book of 2014; a Booklist Best Crime Novel and Best Crime Debut of 2014; was long listed for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger, and was nominated for a 2015 Edgar Award for Best First Novel by an American. SHOVEL READY is currently being developed for film by Scott Free Productions. A sequel, NEAR ENEMY, is available now.

Raised in Toronto, I now live in Brooklyn with my family. The above photo was taken by Edwin Tse for a profile in the National Post, and the graphic is courtesy the National Post. The graffiti magically appeared long after the shot was taken. No walls were harmed in the taking of this photograph.