Lori Rader-Day
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Lori Rader-Day

Lori Rader-Day's first attempt at writing was Beverly Cleary fan-fiction. Fan-fiction is what they call that sort of thing now. Then, they would have called it theft. She was 7. Her life of crime began.

Lori's earliest favorite reads also included Encyclopedia Brown, Harriet the Spy, The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, and Lois Duncan books. When she graduated to the adult section of her public library, she discovered Agatha Christie and Mary Higgins Clark. She was 11 years old and far, far too young for Mary Higgins Clark. She persisted.

Lori wrote stories all through her childhood and into her young adulthood through two college degrees in journalism from Ball State University, but fell away from writing accidentally after changing jobs, cities, and marital status in one move. She finally decided to take writing seriously, and studied creative writing for a master of fine arts degree at Roosevelt University in Chicago. She graduated in 2009 with the degree, thirteen published short stories (including a prize winner published for the 26 million readers of Good Housekeeping), and encouragement from both Jodi Picoult and Donald Ray Pollack. As close as those two novelists might be on the bookshelf, they should never be in a sentence together, and yet here we are.

Today Lori Rader-Day is the author of Under a Dark Sky, The Day I Died, Little Pretty Things, and The Black Hour. She is the recipient of the 2018 Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original, the 2016 Simon and Schuster Mary Higgins Clark Award, and the 2015 Anthony Award for Best First Novel.

Lori lives in Chicago, where she is the co-chair of the mystery readers' conference Murder and Mayhem in Chicago and the national vice president of Sisters in Crime, a 3600-member crime writers organization started by Sara Paretsky more than 30 years ago.

Visit Lori at LoriRaderDay.com, on Facebook at /LoriRaderDayBooks, on Twitter at @LoriRaderDay, or on Instagram at @loriraderday.

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    • Under a Dark Sky

    • A Novel
    • By: Lori Rader-Day
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    • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
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    Since her husband died, Eden Wallace's life has diminished down to a tiny pinprick, like a far-off star in the night sky. Everyone has grown weary of her grief. So when she finds paperwork in her husband's things indicating that he reserved a week at a dark sky park, she goes....

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    • By Writer Girl on 08-10-18

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    • The Day I Died

    • A Novel
    • By: Lori Rader-Day
    • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
    • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
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    • By Jade Da Costa on 05-23-17

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    • Black Hour

    • By: Lori Rader-Day
    • Narrated by: Xe Sands, Andrew Eiden
    • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
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    For Chicago sociology professor Amelia Emmet, violence was a research topic - until a student she'd never met shot her. He also shot himself. Now he's dead and she's back on campus, trying to keep up with her schedule, a growing problem with painkillers, and a question she can't let go....

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    • Little Pretty Things

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    • Narrated by: Ann Marie Gideon
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    Juliet Townsend is used to losing. Back in high school, she lost every track team race to her best friend, Madeleine Bell. Ten years later, she’s stuck in a dead-end job cleaning rooms. Then one night, Maddy checks in. By the next morning, Juliet is the chief suspect in Maddy's murder....

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