Lawrence De Maria

Lawrence De Maria, who began his career as a general interest reporter (winning an Associated Press award for his crime writing),eventually became senior editor at The New York Times, where he wrote hundreds of stories and features, often on Page 1. A regular contributor to the weekly Market Place column, he headed the Times’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated coverage during the 1987 stock market crash. After he left the Times, De Maria became Executive Director of the Forbes newsletter division. Then, following a brief stint in corporate America — during which he helped uncover the $7 billion Allen Stanford Ponzi scheme — he returned to journalism as Managing Editor of the Naples Sun Times, a Florida weekly, until its sale to the Scripps chain. De Maria, now a novelist and screenwriter, has published several thrillers and mysteries available on Amazon.com. His website is www.lawrencedemaria.com.


69 entries by Lawrence De Maria

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The importance — and overuse — of backstory

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House of Spies: A Novel

By Daniel Silva

Plot devices aside, this is a worthy addition to the Gabriel Allon series.

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Authorial advice on making the switch to fiction

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Big-screen blockbusters and paperback page-turners have a lot in common.

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Nefarious banking practices have long been with us.

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Following your favorite characters to TV

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The nuts and bolts of doing it your way

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If you feel like Big Brother is watching, it’s because he is.

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Why writers and actors should keep speaking their minds.

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Serious self-published authors never stop promoting their books.

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A riveting, page-turning addition to the WWII canon.

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This post-election list has something for everyone.

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Anyone still conscious after the presidential election want to hear what I'm perusing these days?

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Dial down those *#%@& obscenities already!

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When it comes to itemizing writing expenses, leave nothing on the table.

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If my publisher calls, I’m under the bed…

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It’s not all orange juice and heatstroke down there, you know…

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There’s nothing wrong with co-authoring a book — or taking over a series.

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Does a mega-author’s rising really raise all ships?

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Where has Rex Stout — and his brilliant Nero Wolfe — been all my life?

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Never let facts get in the way of a good story

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A rundown of writerly tidbits both amusing and horrifying

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When it comes to creating characters, good authors don’t discriminate

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...is what the Internet is doing to print journalism.

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It's not paranoia if everyone's out to get you.

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Is your creative muscle all knotted up?

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Rethinking Amazon’s pay-per-page system

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Why electronic books are on the right track

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A writer never really takes time off

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Those breathless critics of Amazon doth protest too much...

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Random musings on the world of books

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The positives — and perils — of book-ranking systems

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So many ways to die, so little time

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Abandoned in Hell: The Fight for Vietnam’s Firebase Kate

By William Albracht and Marvin J. Wolf

A debate about strategy — but not courage.

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Too young for this, too old for that.

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I wonder if my new kids’ books can capitalize on a trend…

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The fundamental genius of a master storyteller.

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Why manuscripts have so much muscle.

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Does the lowly gumshoe have a place in today’s high-tech world of crime-solving?

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Why everyone is entitled to my opinion.

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Should a book’s name and cover art matter so much?

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Can you get there without knowing where you’re going?

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A book on any other platform reads just as well.

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Public opinion aside, Hachette is hardly the victim in its dispute with Amazon.

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Michael Lewis' latest book confirms all your worst suspicions about big money.

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There's a lot to love about villains

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The facts aren't always where you expect to find them.

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The Riviera Contract

Arthur Kerns

The CIA recruits a retired FBI agent for a special mission in this breezy international thriller.

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Moving from one genre to another can sure change your point of view.

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Why is writing about sex so hard, er, difficult?

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The Gods of Guilt

Michael Connelly

In the latest “Lincoln Lawyer” crime novel, L.A. defense attorney Mickey Haller takes on a particularly disreputable client.

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Writers are never really off the clock.

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A Nasty Piece of Work

Robert Littell

A disillusioned CIA operative turned PI takes on a case only to find that the man he's searching for may not exist.

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Writers don't read to read; they read to write.

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The never-ending hunt for fresh plots.

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The agony the characters experience in a thriller is nothing compared to the agony the author experiences trying to turn that thriller into a screenplay.

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Mystery Girl

David Gordon

An overstuffed novel is both thriller and social critique.

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Bad Monkey

Carl Hiaasen

A severed arm and the chance for professional redemption lead off the author’s latest novel.

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Fear Itself

Andrew Rosenheim

This skillfully written thriller features a failed Nazi plot to assassinate FDR in the scary days leading up to World War II.

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Books to Die For: The World’s Greatest Mystery Writers...

Edited by John Connolly and Declan Burke

Novelists, editors and essayists have compiled an exhaustive compendium of best mystery and thriller fiction.

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The Black House

Peter May

An Edinburgh detective is sent to investigate a brutal killing on the Isle of Lewis, where his police work gets tripped up by a flood of personal memories.

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Capital: A Novel

John Lanchester

On affluent Pepys Road in London, the economic crisis is withering for a diverse group of residents already unsettled by the crumbling society around them.

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Cloudland

Joseph Olshan

Set in rural Vermont this murder mystery supplies the requisite body plus a domesticated pig and helpful household hints.

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The story of how a young entrepreneur exploited new opportunities in Internet marketing and made a fortune selling books.

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The Grand Mirage

Darrell Delamaide

In this sweeping thriller that captures 500 years of Middle Eastern history, treachery surrounds an upper-crust British spy sent to check out the Baghdad Railroad project.

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L.A. Mental

Neil McMahon

Mind-altering nano particles, Hollywood moviemaking and family blackmail color this head-spinning techno-thriller.

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A Quiet Death

Marcia Talley

Crime-solving by coincidence, in the latest mystery featuring the intrepid Hannah Ives.

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Jersey Law

Ron Liebman

In this entertaining novel, two stand-up cops-turned-lawyers are rough around the edges yet unusually skilled at defending the bad guys.Reviewed by Lawrence De Maria

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22 Britannia Road : A Novel

Amanda Hodgkinson

This novel which follows a Polish family in its journey of survival during and after World War II undoubtedly will be compared to William Styron’s Sophie’s Choice.