I was born and raised in Fresno, California. I stumbled onto the staff of my high school newspaper in 1994 and have been chasing stories ever since.
My first novel, “INVISIBLE CITY,” is the story of a New York City tabloid reporter investigating the murder of an Hasidic woman from Borough Park. INVISIBLE CITY was nominated for the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award for Best First Novel and was named one of the Boston Globe’s Best Books of 2014. INVISIBLE CITY won the Barry, the Shamus, and the Macavity Awards for Best First Novel. The sequel, “RUN YOU DOWN” was published in June 2015. “CONVICTION,” the third book in the Rebekah Roberts series, came out March 28 and New York Magazine calls it “a murder mystery for our tumultuous times.”
My feature articles have appeared in Salon, the Columbia Journalism Review, Pacific Standard, Seventeen and the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, among others. I have been a freelance reporter for the New York Post, an associate features editor at Marie Claire, and the deputy managing editor of The Crime Report.
These days, I write about crime and criminal justice for CBSNews.com.
I have a BA from Yale and masters degrees in creative writing and journalism from The New School and American University, respectively.
I live in Brooklyn, New York with my husband, son, and cat.
I am represented by Stephanie Kip Rostan of Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency.