Jan Burke is the Edgar®-winning author of numerous mysteries and thrillers and is the founder of the Crime Lab Project, an organization devoted to educating legislatures and the public to the problems facing forensic science, including the desperate need for improved training, research and facilities. http://janburke.com
Laura Caldwell is the author of 15 books, including the award-winning Izzy McNeil series, the first of which is Red Hot Lies, and the nonfiction work Long Way Home: A Young Man Lost in the System and the Two Women Who Found Him. Her research for the latter book motivated her to launch Life After Innocence at Loyola University Chicago School of Law; she continues to serve as its director. www.lauracaldwell.com
Lee Child is the author of novels and short stories about Jack Reacher, a former U.S. Army military policeman. Night School, the 21st novel, joins the series Forbes calls “the strongest brand in publishing.” Visit www.leechild.com for info about the novels, short stories, the movies Jack Reacher: Never Go Back and Jack Reacher, and find Lee on Facebook.com/LeeChildOfficial, Twitter.com/LeeChildReacher and YouTube.com/leechildjackreacher.
Jamie Freveletti is the internationally and No. 1 Amazon bestselling, ITW and Barry award-winning author of the Emma Caldridge series. In addition to her own books, the Estate of Robert Ludlum has asked her to write for his Covert One series. Her latest for the series, The Geneva Strategy, was released in February 2015. She lives in Chicago with her family. www.jamiefreveletti.com
Michael Harvey is a writer, journalist and documentary producer. He is the bestselling author of seven crime novels, The Chicago Way, The Fifth Floor, The Third Rail, We All Fall Down, The Innocence Game, The Governor’s Wife and Brighton. www.michaelharveybooks.com
Laurie R. King is the best-selling author of the Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes stories (from The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, named one of the 20th century’s best mysteries by the IMBA, to The Murder of Mary Russell), the Kate Martinelli series (A Grave Talent), the Stuyvesant & Grey series (Touchstone) and a number of standalone novels, including 2017’s Career Day. She has won an alphabet of prizes from Agatha to Wolfe, has been guest of honor at several crime conventions, and is probably the only writer to have both an Edgar award and an honorary doctorate in theology. http://laurierking.com
Gayle Lynds is hailed as the queen of espionage thrillers. She is the two-time winner of the Military Writers Society of America’s award for best novel, and her work has been nominated for numerous other awards. She is married to John Sheldon, a retired prosecutor, defense attorney and judge, who frequently co-writes with Gayle. They live happily in Maine, far from the urban jungles about which they write. http://gaylelynds.com
John Mankiewicz is a film and television writer whose credits include The Street, The Human Factor and The Marshal. He is an executive producer of the Netflix series House of Cards. He is extremely grateful to have met exoneree Jerry Miller and believes Life After Innocence is doing God’s work.
During 25 years as a criminal defense attorney, Phillip Margolin handled 30 homicide cases, including several in which his client faced the death penalty, and appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court. Since 1996, Phillip has been writing legal thrillers full time and has seen most of his novels make the bestseller lists. He is also a co-founder of Chess for Success, a nonprofit that uses chess to teach elementary and middle school students skills that will help them in school and life. He lives in Portland, Oregon. www.phillipmargolin.com
Arthur Miller (1915-2005) is considered one of the greatest American playwrights of the 20th century. His best-known plays include All My Sons, A View from the Bridge, The Crucible and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Death of a Salesman. His Estate graciously permitted his essay on an exoneree to be included in this anthology.
Sara Paretsky has been a crusader all her life. Most of her crusading has taken the form of fiction, her incandescent series of 17 novels about female private investigator V.I. Warshawski. Sara was a founder of Sisters in Crime, the preeminent organization for women crime writers, and served in 2015 as the president of the Mystery Writers of America. She was named a Grand Master, a lifetime achievement award, by the Mystery Writers of America in 2011. www.saraparetsky.com
Brad Parks is the only author to have won the Shamus, Nero and Lefty Awards, three of crime fiction’s most prestigious prizes. His next novel, Say Nothing, releases from Dutton in March 2017. Brad lives in Virginia with his wife and two school-aged children. www.bradparksbooks.com
Among Gary Phillips’s previous endeavors, which included diverse pursuits from community organizer to delivering dog cages, he was the first communications director for the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. He’s written more than a dozen mystery novels, graphic novels, edited several anthologies and published numerous short stories. He is the former president of the SoCal Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America and the Private Eye Writers of America. http://gdphillips.com
S.J. Rozan is an award-winning writer of detective fiction and thrillers. She writes a series about Lydia Chin and Bill Smith, often with a significant Chinese element, and also co-writes a paranormal thriller series under the pseudonym “Sam Cabot.” She is a writing instructor, former architect and lifelong New Yorker. http://sjrozan.net
Barry Scheck, who authored an introduction, has more than 35 years of trial successes that have earned him a national reputation. His criminal and civil trials have redefined and expanded the rights of victims of police misconduct and wrongful convictions throughout the United States. In addition to his private practice focusing on civil rights, he co-founded and co-directs The Innocence Project at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. The Innocence Project has been responsible in whole or in part for exonerating most of the over 300 men and women to be cleared through post-conviction DNA testing.
Scott Turow, who authored an introduction, is a writer and attorney. He is the author of 10 best-selling works of fiction, including his first novel Presumed Innocent (1987) and its sequel, Innocent (2010), and his newest novel Identical (2013). His works of non-fiction include One L (1977) about his experience as a law student, and Ultimate Punishment (2003), a reflection on the death penalty. From 1978-1986, he was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Chicago and served as lead counsel in a number of prosecutions related to corruption in the legal profession connected to Operation Greylord, a federal investigation of corruption into the Illinois judiciary. http://scottturow.com
Sarah Weinman is the editor of Women Crime Writers: Eight Suspense Novels of the 1940s & 50s (Library of America) and Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives: Stories From the Trailblazers of Domestic Suspense (Penguin). Her work has appeared in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, among other outlets. She lives in Brooklyn. www.sarahweinman.com
Read about all the exonerees involved, including death row exoneree Kirk Bloodsworth, whose Kirk Bloodsworth Postconviction DNA Testing Program was established under the 2004 federal Innocence Protection Act.