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2013 MN book Awards

National Book Award winner Louise Erdrich and I show off our 2013 Minnesota Book Awards.

Signing copies of THE DEVIL AND THE DIVA with co-author Renee Valois.

David with Steve Stillwell

Me and Steve Stillwell, former owner of Once Upon A Crime mystery bookstore in Minneapolis. He was very important to my career when I was coming up. (That's the lovely and talented Jess Lourey in the background).

That attractive young lady on the right - Kerri Miller of Minnesota Public radio. Along with the news, she does "Talking Volumes," interviewing nationally prominent authors - just not me. Oh well...

My first signing at Once Upon A Crime bookstore in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

David with Steve Stillwell

Making friends at the World's Best Donuts in Grand Marais, MN.

William Kent Krueger amd I hamming it up at a gala for the Ramsey County Public Libraries.

That's me in the middle during a panel at the 2015 World Mystery Convention in Raleigh, NC with Michael Koryta, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Lawrence Block and the luminous Alison Gaylin.

Anne Frazier (aka Theresa Weir) and I at a signing for the Halloween anthology DEADLY TREATS that Anne edited.

Erin Hart and I at the Mystery Writers of America table during the 2011 Twin Cities Book Festival.

At the grand opening of the Victoria, MN Public Library.

Me and the 2010 Minnesota Book Award

In a previous life I worked in advertising, often writing, producing and occasionally directing TV spots.

With one of my heroes - the great Lawrence Block - at the 2015 Shamus Awards Banquet.


I self-published my first novel when I was ten years old - a cautionary and highly autobiographical tale called Swinging Danger - about a boy who builds a rope swing despite the objections of his parents, falls off as they predicted, and breaks his wrist. Self-published in that I ran it off a hand-cranked printing press that my parents gave me on my birthday.

I published my "second" novel - Penance - when I was forty. That's the novel that won the 1996 Edgar Award for Best First Novel from the Mystery Writers of America.

In between I worked as a journalist - I was fired as editor of my high school newspaper for printing an anti-war editorial. Course you need to understand, I attended an all-boys Catholic military school during the height of the Viet Nam war. You would've fired me, too.

I worked as a stringer for the Minneapolis Tribune, while still in college, covering events the senior reporters didn't have time for: Big Ten gymnastics, AAU swimming, World Team Tennis, Nine-man football in Fergus Falls.

Later, I became a news reporter for the Albert Lea Evening Tribune in southern Minnesota and, after a few years, returned to sports as a reporter for the Grand Forks Herald in North Dakota.

I eventually drifted into advertising, working as a copywriter and creative director for several prominent Twin City agencies on a number of national accounts such as Federal Express, 3M, Jim Beam, Hormel Foods and the California Institute of Technology. I even managed to win a couple of awards along the way that you probably never heard of like the CLIO and One Show.

It was while I was partner and creative director of my own agency - Gerber/Housewright Advertising in St. Paul, MN - that I decided to get back to the kind of writing I most wanted to do since I was a child - books.

So, two months after Penance was published - and five months before I won the Edgar - I sold my agency to my partner. Since then I have published 19 novels, a bunch of short stories, been nominated for eight literary awards, and won four, including three Minnesota Book Awards. I also work as a freelance writer and occasionally teach at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis.

Not to suggest that it's been all sunshine and lollipops. My publisher, W.W. Norton, dropped my contract following my third book without explanation, although I knew I was in trouble when my publicist called and asked for Steve Housewright. My wife asked, 'Do you mean David Housewright, the Edgar Award-winning novelist?' and the publicist said, 'No, I'm pretty sure his name is Steve.'

Such is the world of publishing. Still, I can't complain.

Imagine my shock and delight when I learned that the Minnesota Historical Society and The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library added my name and face to the Minnesota Writers on the Map, joining such luminaries as Louise Erdrich, Sinclair Lewis, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Maud Hart Lovelace, Laura Ingalls Wilder, August Wilson, William Kent Krueger and Charles M. Schulz.

And getting elected President of the Private Eye Writers of America in 2014 - that was pure gold.


2010 Minnesota Books Awards Acceptance Speech

Friends of the Public Library

Interviewed by the Minnesota Crime Wave

Northern Lights - Minnesota Center for the Book

Access to Democracy - Public access TV 4-15-2016

Access to Democracy - Public access TV 9-22-2017


Thrill Ride: The Dark World of Mysteries and Thrillers

The Big Thrill - Finders Keepers, my young adult crime novel

The Big Thrill - The Last Kind Word

Six Questions with Minnesota Reads

First Draft, a newsletter for The Guppies of Sisters in Crime

Sons of Spade

The Big Thrill - Stealing The Countess


The Most Important Literature Being Written Today

Craftsmanship and the Self-Published Writer

Welcome to the Club

Crime and the Crime Writer

Writing History

Telling Another Author's Tales

Wherever You Set Your Stories, There You Are

The Importance of the "Out-Of-Whack Event"

*MY NOVELS (in order)

Penance(1995 Foul Play Press - Edgar Award Winner Best First Novel from Mystery Writers of America, Shamus nominee Private Eye Writers of America)

Practice to Deceive (1997 Foul Play Press - 1998 Minnesota Book Award winner)

Dearly Departed (1999 W. W. Norton)

A Hard Ticket Home (2004 - St. Martin's Minotaur Books)

Tin City (2005 St. Martin's Minotaur Books - 2006 Minnesota Book Award nominee)

Pretty Girl Gone (2006 St. Martin's Minotaur Books)

Dead Boyfriends (2007 St. Martin's Minotaur Books)

Madman On A Drum (2008 St. Martin's Minotaur Books)

Jelly's Gold (2009 St. Martin's Minotaur Books- 2010 Minnesota Book Award winner)

The Taking of Libbie, SD (2010 St. Martin's Minotaur Books - 2011 Minnesota Book Award nominee)

Highway 61 (2011 St. Martin's Minotaur Books)

Curse of the Jade Lily (2012 St. Martin's Minotaur Books - 2013 Minnesota Book Award winner )

The Devil and the Diva (2012 Down & Out Books - written with Renee Valois - 2013 Minnesota Book Award nominee)

Finders Keepers (2012 Down & Out Books)

The Last Kind Word (2013 St. Martin's Minotaur Books)

The Devil May Care (2014 St. Martin's Minotaur Books)

Unidentified Woman #15 (2015 St. Martin's Minotaur Books)

Stealing The Countess (2016 St. Martin's Minotaur Books)

What the Dead Leave Behind (2017 St. Martin's Minotaur Books - 2017 Minnesota Book Award nominee)

*Short Stories (in order)

Kids Today (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, July 1999)

How To Trick Any Woman Into Having Sex (aka The Sultan of Seduction - True Romance Magazine, April 1999)

A Domestic Matter (The Silence of the Loons, 2005 Nodin Press)

Mai-Nu's Window' (Twin Cities Noir, 2006 Akashic Books)

Miss Behavin' (Resort to Murder, 2007 Nodin Press)

Last Laugh (Once Upon A Crime, 2009 Nodin Press)

Time of Death (Deadly Treats, 2011 Nodin Press)

Obsessive Behavior (Writes of Spring, 2012 Nodin Press)

A Turn of the Card (Fifteen Tales of Murder, Mayhem and Malice From the Land of Minnesota Nice, 2012 Nodin Press)

The Blackmailer Wanted More (Kwik Krimes, 2013 Thomas and Mercer)

No Outlet (Down, Out and Dead, 2014 Down & Out Books)

Emily's Tears (Fifty Shades of Grey Fedora, 2015 Dagger Books)

Dog Eat Dog (Cooked For Murder, 2016 Nodin Press)

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Outside the home of Sinclair Lewis in Sauk Centre, MN. Lewis was the 1st American to win the Nobel Prize for literature - in 1930.

Inside the Rabbit Room of a pub in Oxford, England called The Eagle and the Child where CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien were reputed to hoist a few. Only they called it "The Bird and the Baby" - those loveable scamps.

Leaning on the front door of the house in Oxford, England where Dorothy L. Sayers was born.

This is the pub in Edinburgh where Robert Louis Stevenson was inspired to write The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - or so they say. Google Deacon Brodie - great story.

Me in front of the Elephant House, a cafe in Edinburgh, Scotland where Ian Rankin, Alexander McCall Smith and a little-known author named JK Rowling worked on their novels.

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