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 Past Is Present

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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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A Novel Undertaking

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Authorial advice on making the switch to fiction

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How the Left Coast Writes

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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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Watch What You Read

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Following your favorite characters to TV

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Self-Publishing 101

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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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Liberals, Rant!

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Why writers and actors should keep speaking their minds.

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To Market, To Market

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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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10 Books to Read Right Now

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This post-election list has something for everyone.

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6 Books I’m Reading Right Now

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

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Am I Blue?

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Dial down those *#%@& obscenities already!

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Deductions, My Dear Watson. Deductions.

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

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Wussing Out

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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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The Buddy System

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

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The Patterson Problem

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

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An Addictive Author

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

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To Tell the (Made-Up) Truth

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Never let facts get in the way of a good story

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Story Starters

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A rundown of writerly tidbits both amusing and horrifying

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Colorblind

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

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Breaking News

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

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The Psychology of Thriller-Writing

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

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Writer’s Cramp

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Is your creative muscle all knotted up?

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State of the Union-Buster

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Rethinking Amazon’s pay-per-page system

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Taking the E-Train

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Why electronic books are on the right track

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Vacation Daze

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A writer never really takes time off

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Much Ado about Nothing

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

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And Another Thing

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Random musings on the world of books

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The Fault in Their Stars

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The positives — and perils — of book-ranking systems

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Killing Me Awf’ly

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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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Generation Gap

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Too young for this, too old for that.

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Fifty Shades of Play

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

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Chandler 101

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The fundamental genius of a master storyteller.

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Powerful Stories

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Why manuscripts have so much muscle.

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RIP, PIs?

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

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[Insert Feelings Here]

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Why everyone is entitled to my opinion.

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Title Fight

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

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Unplotted Territory

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

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Format Follows Function

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A book on any other platform reads just as well.

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Clash of the Titans

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

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The Weasels of Wall Street

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

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Bad Boys

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There's a lot to love about villains

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Stranger Than Fiction

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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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The Old Switcheroo

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

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The Language of Love

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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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No Rest for the Wordy

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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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Readers Make Writers

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

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Everything Old Is New Again

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The never-ending hunt for fresh plots.

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Murder, Re-Wrote

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

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

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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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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.