Married to a psychologist; children: one daughter.
Writer and business manager. Has also worked as an electronics technician, an insurance claims adjuster, and a disk jockey in Palm Springs, CA.
St. Martin's Press/Malice Domestic Contest winner for best first traditional mystery, for A Stranger Lies There.
A Stranger Lies There (novel), St. Martin's Minotaur (New York, NY), 2007.
Stephen Santogrossi is the author of A Stranger Lies There, the winner of the St. Martin's Press/Malice Domestic Contest for best first traditional mystery. The novel centers on Tim Ryder, an unassuming carpenter who awakens one morning to find a corpse on the front lawn of his Palm Springs, California, home. A former student radical in the 1970s, Ryder wonders if the murder is connected to his role in a bungled bank robbery intended to fund the campaign of an antiwar presidential candidate; Ryder provided testimony against his group's ringleader, Glenn Turret, who just finished serving a thirty-year term in prison. The police investigating the case, however, consider Ryder a chief suspect, and they even cast suspicion on his wife, Deirdre, a former drug addict who works as a substance abuse counselor. When Ryder suffers an unexpected loss and discovers a clue the police have missed, he determines to solve the crime himself. According to a critic in Publishers Weekly, Santogrossi's "well-drawn characters, unexpected resolution and sharp casual insights make for an energizing read." Harriet Klausner, writing on the I Love a Mystery Web site, similarly noted: "The characters are fully developed, especially the reluctant hero Tim," and a contributor in Kirkus Reviews described A Stranger Lies There, as "a beautifully understated portrait of a hero who's a lot better at grieving than detecting."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2007, review of A Stranger Lies There.
Publishers Weekly, March 19, 2007, review of A Stranger Lies There, p. 47.
Armchair Interviews,http://www.armchairinterviews.com/ (October 11, 2007), Diane Kasperski, review of A Stranger Lies There.
I Love a Mystery,http://www.iloveamysterynewsletter.com/ (October 29, 2007), Harriet Klausner, review of A Stranger Lies There.
New Mystery Reader,http://www.newmysteryreader.com/ (October 11, 2007), Susan Illis, review of A Stranger Lies There.