Walter Satterthwait was born March 23, 1946, in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Inspired by the works of Dashiell Hammett and Mickey Spillane, he wrote his first book, Cocaine Blues—the story of a drug dealer on the run from a pair of killers—while bartending in New York City in the late 1970s. In 1988, Satterthwait published his first of five Joshua Croft mysteries set in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He has also written historical mysteries featuring such true-life characters as Lizzie Borden, Harry Houdini and Oscar Wilde. Satterthwait was nominated for the Agatha Award for Best Novel and won the Prix du Roman d'Adventures in France for his first Pinkerton mystery, Escapade.
- Dead Horse
- On May 26, 1935, heiress Emily Davies Vanderbilt—wife of hardboiled mystery author Raoul Whitfield—was found dead at her New Mexico ranch, a supposed suicide. Did she really kill herself... or was she murdered? Satterthwait's intriguingly speculative novel probes the question. New introduction by Rick Ollerman. February 2020.