Biography

Stephan Talty

Stephan Talty was born in Buffalo, New York to parents who’d emigrated from County Clare, Ireland. He attended Amherst College, where he graduated with a degree in English. After Amherst, he worked at the Miami Herald as a news clerk and police reporter, then became a freelance writer in Dublin and New York. He’s written for the New York Times Magazine, GQ, Playboy, the Irish Times, the Chicago Review and many other publications.

Talty is the author of five nonfiction books: MULATTO AMERICA, about the mixing of black and white culture throughout American History; EMPIRE OF BLUE WATER, the story of the great pirate captain Henry Morgan; THE ILLUSTRIOUS DEAD, about Napoleon’s invasion of Russia and the typhus epidemic that doomed it; ESCAPE FROM THE LAND OF SNOWS, an account of the Dalai Lama’s escape from Tibet in 1959; and AGENT GARBO, the story of the greatest double agent of World War II, Juan Pujol.

His first work of fiction, a crime novel called BLACK IRISH, introduces the Harvard-educated detective, Absalom Kearney, and marks the beginning of a new crime series. He is also the co-author of the New York Times bestselling account, A CAPTAIN'S DUTY, with Captain Richard Phillips, the hero of the Maersk Alabama hijacking.

Talty now lives outside New York City with his wife and two children.

Stephan Talty

Books by Stephan Talty

by Stephan Talty - Crime, Nonfiction, True Crime

Beginning in the summer of 1903, an insidious crime wave filled New York City, and then the entire country, with fear. The children of Italian immigrants were kidnapped, and dozens of innocent victims were gunned down. Bombs tore apart tenement buildings. The perpetrators seemed both omnipresent and invisible. Their only calling card: the symbol of a black hand. Standing between the American public and the Black Hand’s lawlessness was Joseph Petrosino. Dubbed the “Italian Sherlock Holmes,” he was a famously dogged and ingenious detective, and a master of disguise. Petrosino and the all-Italian police squad he assembled raced to capture members of the secret criminal society before the country’s anti-immigrant tremors exploded into catastrophe.

by Brendan McDonough with Stephan Talty - Memoir, Nonfiction

Brendan McDonough was on the verge of becoming a hopeless, inveterate heroin addict when he, for the sake of his young daughter, decided to turn his life around. He enlisted in the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a team of elite firefighters based in Prescott, Arizona. On June 30, 2013, a freak, 3,000-degree inferno ultimately trapped his hotshot brothers, tragically killing all 19 of them. MY LOST BROTHERS traces McDonough's story of finding his way out of the dead end of drugs and the minute-by-minute account of the fateful day he lost the very men who had saved him.

by Stephan Talty - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Not so long ago, serial killer Marcus Flynn preyed upon the community’s teenage daughters --- until he was cornered and shot in the head. But Flynn lived, carrying to prison the nickname “Hangman,” along with the secret of his last victim’s fate. Homicide cop Abbie Kearney wasn’t around during Hangman’s reign of terror and had never experienced firsthand his horror. Until now.

by Stephan Talty - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

In this explosive debut thriller by the New York Times bestselling author of EMPIRE OF BLUE WATER, a brilliant homicide detective returns home, where she confronts a city’s dark demons and her own past while pursuing a brutal serial killer on a vengeful rampage.