Dan Mallory’s lies were hurtful, and I hope he sees that now

I set out today to write a comparison of “The Woman in the Window,” last year’s literary thriller that had everyone talking, and “Copycat,” the movie that Dan Mallory was accused of essentially ripping off by The New Yorker in an expose […]

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Dan Mallory’s debut was not an amazing thriller, but his rise in the publishing world is

I finished the audiobook of “The Woman in the Window” on Feb. 4. Then I saw a Joyce Carol Oates Tweet, which led me to the New Yorker magazine profile of Dan Mallory, also known as A.J. Finn, who at one point in his bizarre literary life also wrote as his younger brother Jake, whose real name is John. Confused yet? As you can see, The New Yorker’s headline is appropriate for the piece: A Suspense Novelist’s Trail of Deceptions.

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Newspaper editing versus novel editing

I’ve heard it said that journalists are the prostitutes of the literary world, turning quick tricks for low pay. I have a stronger appreciation for that joke having completed my first novel and got it about five yards away from the end […]

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BREAKING: Your friend signed a publishing deal!

Writing a novel is difficult. I don’t say that to brag on myself, just stating a generally agreed-upon fact. Stringing together nearly 73,000 words (which is actually not a lot for adult fiction) in a way that has the potential to entertain […]

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