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Invisible City


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“I was in Chinatown when they called me about the body in Brooklyn.”

So begins Invisible City, Julia Dahl’s debut novel about Rebekah Roberts, a young journalist drawn into her estranged mother’s world when she is assigned to cover the murder of an Hasidic Jewish woman in New York City.

* One of the Boston Globe’s Best Books of 2014 *
* Nominated for two Edgar Awards *

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“Invisible City” nominated for two Edgar Awards

I am thrilled to announce that “Invisible City” is nominated for Best First Novel and the Mary Higgins Clark Award by the Mystery Writers of America. The awards ceremony will be held in NYC on April 29, 2015. Stay tuned for more!

January 30, 2015

“Egregious assault on freedom of the press” in Ferguson, Mo., August 14, 2014

As protests continue in Ferguson, Mo., in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, police are clashing not just with civilian demonstrators, but with journalists from some of the nation’s leading news sources.

Filed under, Criminal Justice, Journalism

Identity theft ensnares millions while the law plays catch-up, July 14, 2014

“Crime isn’t going down, it’s changing,” says University of Central Florida Chief of Police Richard Beary.

Filed under, Criminal Justice, Journalism

Washington man got gun back the day before murder-suicide, July 11, 2014

On Monday, July 7, one day before he shot and killed his wife and then himself at a Spokane medical center, Christopher Henderson was evaluated by sheriff’s deputies after co-workers called police to say he was threatening suicide. It wasn’t the first time Henderson had been the subject of a mental health check – but it would be the last.

Filed under, Criminal Justice, Journalism

Brooklyn elevator stabbing suspect’s sister: “The system failed him”, June 12, 2014

Daniel St. Hubert’s older sister was not in the courtroom when he was indicted Wednesday for allegedly stabbing two children in a Brooklyn elevator, but when she spoke with CBS News’ Crimesider after her brother was returned to Bellevue Hospital, her voice was low.

“It’s really sad,” said Judith Perry.

Filed under, Criminal Justice, Journalism

Brooklyn child stabbings put focus on mental health care after prison, June 6, 2014

“You can’t just drop someone with severe mental illness into the community and expect they’re going to find their way to treatment. Very often, part of their disease is that they don’t think they have a disease.”

Filed under, Criminal Justice, Journalism

UNC students behind push to combat sexual assault on campus, May 16, 2014

One day after the White House issued recommendations about combating sexual assault on campus, two of the young women who sounded the alarm about the problem were on Capitol Hill, taking their message straight to senators.

Filed under, Criminal Justice, Journalism

“Are you Jewish?”

Jewish Book Council, May 9, 2014

Yes. But it’s complicated. My mother is Jewish, which, as my grandmother used to tell me, means that the Nazis would have come for me, too. My dad, on the other hand, is Christian. And not just a Christmas Christian, he is a church-going Christian; a Christian who left his career as a lawyer to be ordained when he was 55. A Christian who wears a cross around his neck. My sister and I grew up “both.”

Filed under Essays, Jewish Book Council, Journalism

The Previous Tenant

Jewish Book Council, May 8, 2014

In October 2007, my husband and I were looking for an apartment in Brooklyn. We’d seen too many to count and none worth the price, so when a one-bedroom just off Prospect Park popped up for $1200 we jumped. On the way to the appointment, the broker gave us the news: The man who lived in the apartment until last month had committed suicide there.

Filed under Essays, Jewish Book Council, Journalism

Why I Write About Crime

Jewish Book Council, May 5, 2014

For the past 10 years I have devoted my professional life – and my imagination – to things most people would rather not think about.

Filed under Essays, Jewish Book Council, Journalism