Dick Adler, Chicago Tribune
"Rick Mofina, who has won several of his country's top awards, might just be the next Peter Robinson-type international breakout."
About Rick Mofina
Rick Mofina grew up east of Toronto, in Belleville, Ontario, Canada. He began writing fiction in grade school. At age 15, he sold his first short story to a magazine in New Jersey. In his teens he hitchhiked to California and wrote a novel about the experience. He has held jobs ranging from working at a horseracing track to delivering cars to Florida, before he attended Carleton University where he studied Journalism, English Literature, and American Detective Fiction.
He was a summer student, rookie reporter at The Toronto Star, the same paper that once employed Ernest Hemingway, before embarking on a career in journalism that spanned three decades and several newsrooms, including The Ottawa Citizen, Calgary Herald and Southam News wire service.
His reporting has put him face-to-face with murderers on death row in Montana and Texas. He covered a horrific serial killing case in California, an armored car heist in Las Vegas, the murders of police officers in Alberta, flown over Los Angeles with the LAPD, and gone on patrol with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police near the Arctic. He has reported from the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East.
His freelance crime stories have appeared around the world in such publications as The New York Times, Reader's Digest, Marie Claire, The South China Morning Post and The Moscow Times. He's also written for the UK's Sunday Telegraph.
His first published novel, If Angels Fall, introduced San Francisco Star crime reporter Tom Reed and San Francisco Homicide Inspector Walt Sydowski. It was a Best First Novel finalist for an Arthur Ellis Award from the Crime Writers of Canada. His second Reed-Sydowski book is Cold Fear. With that book, Quill & Quire said Rick "positions himself high in the suspense genre saddle." It was followed by Blood of Others, which #1 New York Times bestselling author James Patterson praised as "tense, realistic, and scary in all the right places." Penthouse said he was "one of the leading thriller writers of the day." The Globe & Mail said Rick was becoming one of Canada's favourite crime writers. Blood of Others won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel in 2003.
No Way Back, the fourth Reed-Sydowski book, was released in 2003 and praised by Michael Connelly as being "My kind of novel — a tough, taut thriller." It was followed in 2004 by, Be Mine. Dean Koontz said, Rick was writing "a fine series of thrillers to which BE MINE is a great addition: swiftly paced, entertaining, with authentic details of police procedure."
After five books — and movie options on If Angels Fall and Cold Fear, which have since expired — the awardwinning five-book Reed-Sydowski series was retired. Rick launched a trilogy featuring Jason Wade, a rookie crime reporter based in Seattle. For that book, he drew upon his own experiences at The Toronto Star and later, The Calgary Herald. The series debuted in the summer of 2005, with The Dying Hour , which climbed to #7 on Canada's bestseller list (Quill & Quire) and hit #1 among Wal-Mart Canada's bestsellers. New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown told Rick that she loved The Dying Hour. "It starts scary and ends scary." The Dying Hour was named a finalist for a Thriller Award by the International Thriller Writers. It made the Heatseeker's bestseller chart when it was released in the UK. Geoffrey Wansell, who reviews thrillers for the Daily Mail, called The Dying Hour "'A snappy, action-packed, hard-to-put-down thriller."
The second book in the Jason Wade trilogy is Every Fear, which features a story that "pushes crackling suspense to the breaking point and beyond," according to New York Times bestselling author Kay Hooper. The third and final book in the Jason Wade trilogy is A Perfect Grave, which New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen called "a lightning-paced thriller with lean, tense writing."
Rick embarked in a new direction with his first standalone book, the global thriller Six Seconds. For that book, Rick drew on his international assignments as a reporter. Six Seconds became a bestseller in the U.S., the UK and Canada, and has drawn praise from around the world. To view a video of Rick in London talking about the creation of Six Seconds, click here.
After Six Seconds, Rick launched a new series featuring crime reporter Jack Gannon, who is introduced in Vengeance Road. The book received critical acclaim when it was released in 2009. The International Thriller Writers (ITW) named Vengeance Road a finalist for a 2010 THRILLER AWARD in the category of Best Paperback Original and The Private Eye Writers of America named it a finalist for a 2010 SHAMUS Award.
The popularity of Rick's stories continues to grow with close to 2 million books in print, his books are now published in 17 countries – that is not including Iran, where a bootleg FARSI edition of If Angels Fall was published and sold illegally around the world!
Throughout the United Kingdom and across Australia and New Zealand and other parts of the world, readers are being introduced Rick's earlier work and his new stories.
As a member of the Mystery Writers of America, the International Thriller Writers, The Crime Writers Association (UK) the International Crime Writers Association and the Crime Writers of Canada, Rick, continues to be a featured panelist at mystery conferences across the United States and Canada. He enjoys receiving reader feedback — which has come from all around the world, including readers in Australia, India, Hong Kong, Korea, Germany, Poland, Finland, Sweden, Scotland, Argentina, Russia, Norway, Iceland, South Africa, Brazil, Bermuda, the United States and of course, Canada. Rick updates diehard fans who want the latest news on his work by subscribing to his exclusive informal newsletter.
Rick is currently based in Ottawa, where he lives with his wife and their two children. He works full-time as a communications advisor and is currently writing more books.