The first hint of Andy Straka's future as a mystery writer came at the age of four when he appeared at his small-town neighbor's back door carrying a butcher's knife. Thankfully, the neighbor called Andy's mother instead of social services.
A bestselling, award-winning author, Andy's novels include the recently released Split City, the first in a new amateur sleuth series, the #1 bestselling private eye novel A Witness Above (part of the Shamus Award-winning Frank Pavlicek series), and a number of other crime novels and thrillers. A past finalist for the Agatha and the Anthony Awards, he is also the co-author of the inspirational memoir The Reason for Tears by Tony Weedor.
Andy is a former college basketball player and licensed falconer. A graduate of Williams College, he holds an MFA from Lindenwood University, is a three time judge for the Edgar Allan Poe Award, and also co-founded the popular Crime Wave program at the annual Virginia Festival of the Book. Rumor also has it that he hails from upstate New York, where he often spent Sunday afternoons, growing up, bowling with his parents and identical twin brother.