Terence Faherty

Terence FahertyTerence Faherty (b. 1954) is an American author of mystery novels. Born in Trenton, New Jersey, he studied at Boston College and Rider College (now Rider University) before moving to Indianapolis, where he took a job as a technical writer. He also began attending writing workshops organized by the Indiana Writers Center, an experience that led him to write novels, beginning with Deadstick (1991). Nominated for an Edgar Award for best first novel, Deadstick introduced Owen Keane, an ex-seminarian who uses his metaphysical background to solve mysteries.

Faherty has written seven other novels starring Keane, including Live to Regret (1992) and Eastward in Eden (2013). In 1996 he began writing about the old-fashioned private detective Scott Elliott, a hard-boiled gumshoe whose adventures, chronicled in books like Come Back Dead (1997) and Raise the Devil (2000), are infused with the flavor of old Hollywood. Faherty's most recent novel is The Quiet Woman (2014).

“Faherty’s deft plotting makes good on every little clue he plants.” —The Indianapolis Star

“I was hooked on the ambience of old Hollywood. . . . Elliott makes a tough and principled protagonist in this unique and satisfying series.” —The Plain Dealer on Come Back Dead 

“A writer so talented that his good guys are as interesting as his bad ones.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer

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