March 12-13 2022, 9:30-5:30, on the beautiful University of Arizona campus!

Elle Cosimano

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Elle Cosimano is the award-winning author of several acclaimed young adult novels including Nearly Gone, Holding Smoke, The Suffering Tree, and Seasons of the Storm. Elle’s debut, Nearly Gone, was an Edgar Award finalist, and winner of the International Thriller Writers Award and the Mathical Book Prize recognizing mathematics in children’s literature. Her more recent young adult thriller Holding Smoke was an International Thriller Writers Award nominee and a Bram Stoker Award finalist. In addition to her novels, her essays have appeared in HuffPost and Time.

Cosimano grew up in the Washington, D.C. suburbs, the daughter of a maximum-security prison warden and an elementary school teacher. A failed student of the hard sciences, she discovered her true calling in social and behavioral studies while majoring in psychology at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Fifteen years later, Cosimano set aside a successful real-estate career to pursue writing.

After living in Mexico for six years, Cosimano now resides in Virginia with her husband, sons and dog.

Cosimano writes thrillers, mysteries and speculative fiction for adults and teens.

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Finlay Donovan Is Killing It
A Mystery
Mystery / Thrillers
St. Martin's Publishing Group
February 2021
ISBN 9781250241702
368 pages

Finlay Donovan Knocks 'Em Dead
A Mystery
Mystery / Thrillers
St. Martin's Publishing Group
February 2022
ISBN 9781250242181
368 pages

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