Maleeny, Tim 1962-

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Maleeny, Tim 1962-


Born 1962, in NJ; son of an organic chemist and a registered nurse; married; children: two daughters. Education: Earned degree from Dartmouth College; attended Columbia Business School.


Home—San Francisco, CA. Agent—Jill Grosjean, Jill Grosjean Literary Agency, 1390 Millstone Rd., Sag Harbor, NY 11963. E-mail—[email protected]


Writer. Formerly worked in advertising.



Stealing the Dragon, Midnight Ink (Woodbury, MN), 2007.

Beating the Babushka, Midnight Ink (Woodbury, MN), 2007.

Contributor to the anthology Death Do Us Part, edited by Harlan Coben. Contributor to the blog Inkspot and the magazine Alfred Hitchcock Mystery.


Tim Maleeny is a New Jersey-born author who, after traveling around the world, now lives with his wife and children in San Francisco. After graduating from Dartmouth College with a degree in computer science, he studied at Columbia Business School before making a career for himself in advertising. In an interview on, Maleeny said of his work: "Advertising can be a fun but frustrating business in which you have a lot of responsibility for generating ideas but very little control over how those ideas get brought to life. When I started writing fiction, I wanted to create a world that I could control without answering to a committee." He began writing mystery stories, contributing to anthologies and the Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. In 2007 Maleeny published his first novel.

Stealing the Dragon is the first book in the "Cape Weathers Investigation" series of mysteries. Cape Weathers is an ex-reporter who works as a private investigator in association with Sally, a trained assassin. Cape begins working on the case of a barge that ran aground near Alcatraz Island carrying Chinese refugees and a murdered crew. By the time Cape deduces that it is the work of an assassin, Sally goes missing. As Cape gets more into the case, he finds himself at odds with the Triads, a well-organized Chinese mafia, and is pursued by San Francisco police as his own role in the rising number of dead bodies appearing in the city's Chinatown comes into question. David Pitt, writing in Booklist, noted that the book contained "flashes of flair and inspiration," adding that the story was "intriguing" and the series "promising." In a review, Joe Hartlaub commented that "Maleeny has assembled an intriguing cast of secondary characters." Hartlaub concluded that "Maleeny's compelling descriptions match his plot points for intrigue, resulting in a work that is part noir thriller and part exotic travelogue."



Booklist, January 1, 2007, David Pitt, review of Stealing the Dragon, p. 60.

ONLINE, (March 9, 2007), Joe Hartlaub, author profile, author interview, and review of Stealing the Dragon.

Tim Maleeny Home Page, (August 15, 2007), author biography.