David Handler, who began his career in New York as a journalist, was born and raised in Los Angeles and published two highly acclaimed novels about growing up there, Kiddo and Boss, before resorting to a life of crime fiction.
He has written fourteen novels about the witty and dapper celebrity ghostwriter Stewart Hoag and his faithful, neurotic basset hound, Lulu, including the Edgar® and American Mystery Award-winning The Man Who Would Be F. Scott Fitzgerald and the newest entry, The Girl Who Took What She Wanted.
He has also written eleven novels featuring the mismatched crime-fighting duo of New York film critic Mitch Berger and Connecticut State trooper Desiree Mitry. His first Berger and Mitry novel, The Cold Blue Blood, was a Dilys Award finalist and Book Sense Top Ten pick. David launched a new series featuring teen runaway tracker, Benji Golden, with the publication of Runaway Man in 2013.
David’s short stories have earned him a Derringer Award nomination and other honors. He was a member of the original writing staff that created the Emmy Award-winning sitcom Kate and Allie and has continued to write extensively for television and films on both coasts. He also co-authored the international bestselling thriller Gideon under the pseudonym Russell Andrews. He lives in a 200-year-old carriage house in Old Lyme, Connecticut.