Novelist Dana Haynes has spent more than 20 years in Oregon newspaper newsrooms, split between weeklies and dailies. He has won awards as a reporter, columnist and editor. A native of the Pacific Northwest, he also served as spokesman for the mayor of Portland, Oregon.
Haynes’ first thriller, CRASHERS was released in 2010 by Minotaur Books, a division of St. Martin’s Press. It won the Spotted Owl Award from Friends of Mystery as 2010’s best mystery or thriller written by a Northwest writer.
His first screenplay, an adaptation of CRASHERS made it to the semifinals of the Nichols Fellowship in 2005.
BREAKING POINT, the sequel to CRASHERS, made its debut in 2011, followed by ICE COLD KILL, the breakout thriller for Daria Gibron, in 2012; and GUN METAL HEART in 2014.
His new novel, ST. NICHOLAS SALVAGE & WRECKING, marks Haynes's debut with Blackstone Publishing in March 2019.
When he's not busy cranking out his own thrillers, he's reading works by these other talented authors.
In “What We Become,” Arturo Perez-Reverte returns to a theme he played with in “Queen of the South” — parallel stories told in different decades. It’s a graceful, elegant tale of love, crime, brilliance and duplicity. I’m amazed at how Perez-Reverte smoothly blends tango, chess and thievery, showing the ways in which they’re similar. This is just an outstanding book.
Another great "Reacher" novel. Lee Child is money in the bank. In this book, he takes an intriguing look at "beauty" — what it means to have it, and to lose it, and the value we place on it in our society. It's just a great read.
Meg Gardiner’s “Into the Black Nowhere” Proves that the series staring Caitlin Hendrix, ex-cop and now FBI profiler, is her best series to date. I had given up on serial killer novels and movies and TV shows a few years ago, but Gardiner’s managed to make me care about the genre again. Terrific read.
Set on a set, Sheppird places this “locked room” murder thriller among the cast and crew of a quick-and-cheek production of a TV pilot, being shot at a remote ranch. Sheppird’s knowledge of the arcane world of film production sets this book apart. It’s a very fun read, well crafted.