Tucson Festival of Books

Hank Phillippi Ryan



Iden Ford

Pima County Public Library

As an on-air investigative reporter for Boston's WHDH-TV, Hank Phillippi Ryan has wired herself with hidden cameras, confronted corrupt politicians, chased down criminals, gone undercover and in disguise. She’s handled stories as varied as the Atlanta missing and murdered children to the Boston Marathon bombing. Ryan has changed laws and changed lives with her investigative reporting—gotten people sent to prison, helped reclaim family’s homes out of unfair foreclosure, and recovered millions of dollars in refunds and restitution for consumers.  At least five new laws have been passed as a result of Ryan’s journalism. She has won 37 Emmys for this reporting and as she says, every one of those Emmys represents a devastating secret that someone was trying to prevent her from telling. Ryan brings that exclusive inside look into the criminal mind and the stories that captivated us all—now turned to fiction, she creates realistic page-turning suspense.


Ryan is the nationally best-selling author of 14 thrillers and also an award-winner in her second profession—with five Agathas, five Anthonys, two Macavitys, the Daphne and for "The Other Woman," the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award. Critics call her “a master of suspense” and “a superb and gifted storyteller” and she is the only author to have won the Agatha in four different categories: Best First, Best Novel, Best Short Story and Best Nonfiction. Ryan’s 2019 release, "The Murder List," is a USA Today Bestseller, won the Anthony Award for Best Novel of the Year, and was an Agatha and Mary Higgins Clark Award nominee. Her 2020 release, "The First to Lie," also a USA Today Best-seller, was nominated for the Mary Higgins Clark Award and the Anthony Award, and Publishers Weekly called it “stellar” in a starred review. The USA Today Best-seller "Her Perfect Life," published in 2021, received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly (“A superlative thriller”) and Kirkus, was an Agatha Award nominee for Best Novel. 2023’s "The House Guest" was called “binge-worthy” by Library Journal in a starred review. Her latest release is "One Wrong Word," due in February.

Ryan is past president of National Sisters in Crime and a sought-after teacher and speaker. She now hosts Crime Time on A Mighty Blaze, is a founder and co-host of The Back Room and is co-host of First Chapter Fun.  She lives in Boston with her husband, a renowned civil rights and criminal defense attorney.

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Awards: Macavity Award, 5 Agatha Awards, 5 Anthony Awards, The Daphne Du Maurier Award, and the Mary HIggins Clark Award


Scheduled events:
They Have a Nose for News
Gwen Florio, Tod Goldberg and Hank Phillippi Ryan are award-winning journalists and bestselling authors of modern-day mysteries. Today we'll learn how their experience as journalists help sharpen their stories and their own story-telling.

Koffler Room 204 (Seats 300, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Mystery / Thrillers
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Gwen Florio, Tod Goldberg, Hank Phillippi Ryan
Moderator: Deborah J. Ledford
Mystery Series: Character Evolution
We love the characters, whether they are private eyes in Paris or southern Cal or police on the Navajo Nation. We can’t wait for their next adventures. But how do authors keep our interest in characters who appear in book after book? Three bestselling authors of mystery series share how they develop characters and storylines that keep fans returning.

Koffler Room 204 (Seats 300, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mystery / Thrillers
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Cara Black, Anne Hillerman, Joe Ide
Moderator: Hank Phillippi Ryan
Creating Intrigue
Box, Phillippi Ryan and Black are masters at creating a realistic, suspenseful plot ;a shocking crime; a villain; and a resolution to the puzzle. Better get there early to grab a good seat for these bestselling mystery writers!

Modern Languages Room 350 (Seats 318, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Mystery / Thrillers
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Central Mall (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Cara Black, C.J. Box, Hank Phillippi Ryan
Moderator: Rosemary Simpson
Exclusive for Friends of the Festival- Hank Phillippe Ryan visits FriendsTent
Hank Phillippe Ryan, best-selling thriller writer and investigative reporter, visits the Friends of the Festival Hospitality tent for an exclusive member event.

Friends of the Festival Hospitality Tent (Seats 25)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm

Panelist: Hank Phillippi Ryan
Double Lives
These three authors know how to twist a plot. They'll talk through the tricks to a clever twist. You’ll never guess the secrets buried in these plots (no spoilers).

UA Mall Tent (Seats 250)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Mystery / Thrillers

Panelists: Ashley Elston, Jess Lourey, Hank Phillippi Ryan
Moderator: Jennifer Dornbush

Books:
One Wrong Word
Mystery / Thrillers
Tor Publishing Group
February 2024
ISBN 9781250849496
352 pages
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The House Guest
A Novel
Mystery / Thrillers
Tor Publishing Group
August 2023
ISBN 9781250849571
paperback, 336 pages