About

A Brief History

I was born in Los Angeles in 1978. I attended Jewish pre-, elementary, and high schools. Between high school and college, I spent a year studying at an Israeli yeshiva, Sha’alvim. I hold a BA in psychology from Harvard University (2001) and an MFA in playwriting from Brandeis University (2003). 

In 2006, I published my first novel, Sunstroke. Since then I’ve published four more novels: Trouble (2007), The Genius (2008; UK title: The Brutal Art), The Executor (2010), and Potboiler (2012; UK title: I’ll Catch You).

My current novel, The Golem of Hollywood, is a collaboration with my father, renowned bestselling novelist and psychologist Jonathan Kellerman. It’ll be out on September 15, 2014; we intend it to be the first installment in a new series.

I enjoy reading, writing, cooking, playing guitar, playing Scrabble, doing pull-ups, doing crosswords, hiking, photography, art, travel, and making lists.

I live in Berkeley, California, with my wife and son.

Awards and Nominations

In recognition for my play Things Beyond Our Control, I received the 2003 Princess Grace Award, given to America’s most promising young playwright.

Trouble was nominated for the 2008 ITW Thriller Award for Best Novel.

The Genius (Les Visages) spent 40 weeks on the bestseller list in France and won the 2010 Grand Prix des Lectrices de Elle. In the UK, it was chosen as a Richard and Judy Book Club selection, automatically receiving a nomination for a British Book Award.

The Executor was named by the New York Times as one of the best crime novels of 2010.

Potboiler was nominated for the 2013 Edgar Award for Best Novel.

Fun fact: my father won an Edgar for his first novel, making us the only parent and child in the history of the award to receive nominations for separate books. Twenty-seven years apart, in our case. Fun fact #2: the award is a small ceramic bust of Edgar Allan Poe, but it bears a strong resemblance to Hitler.

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