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June 2018 Notable Maryland Author Dan Fesperman

Dan Fesperman

“Every culture in the world is just one good shove away from the precipice of barbarism.”

Born and raised in North Carolina, Dan was educated in the public schools of Charlotte and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a journalist he worked at several newspapers before moving to Maryland to write for The Sun and Evening Sun of Baltimore. For them, he covered the Gulf War from Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait; the Yugoslav civil wars in Croatia and Bosnia from the paper's Europe bureau in Berlin; and Pakistan and Afghanistan in 2001 in the wake of 9-11. His novels of intrigue have captured acclaim in eleven different languages and won the John Creasey Dagger for best first novel, the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for best thriller, a Hammett Award, and in 2006 USA Today selected The Prisoner of Guantánamo as the best mystery/thriller novel of the year. The New York Times selected The Letter Writer as one of 2016's Top Ten Crime Novels. His 11th novel, Safe Houses, will be published July 3 by Knopf.

Genre – Crime Fiction and Espionage or Spy Fiction

Dan’s writing straddles two genres.

Crime fiction focuses on crimes, their detection, criminals, and their motives. Crime fiction has multiple subgenres, including detective fiction (such as the whodunit), courtroom drama, hard-boiled fiction, and legal thrillers.

Spy fiction, which emerged shortly after WWI, was inspired by rivalries between world powers and the creation of modern intelligence agencies. Espionage is the central theme or plot device to any spy fiction. Suspense and mystery are key elements of both crime and spy fiction.

A partial reading list includes: Lie in the Dark, The Small Boat of Great Sorrows, The Prisoner of Guantánamo, Layover in Dubai, The Double Game, The Letter Writer, and Safe Houses.

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