I'm a contributing editor at New York magazine and Vulture, and the former culture editor of The New York Times Magazine. 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; and was long listed for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger by the Crime Writer's Association. It was also recently nominated for a 2015 Edgar Award for Best First Novel by an American. A sequel, NEAR ENEMY, is available now.

Raised in Toronto, I now live in Brooklyn with my family. The above photo was taken 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.