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International best-selling author Jeffery Deaver wrote his first book (two entire chapters) when he was 11. After college and a journalism degree, he was a magazine writer and later a legal correspondent. He obtained a law degree and after practicing law for several years, began writing suspense novels—the type of writing he enjoyed reading on his long commutes to and from his law office. His career as a full-time writer has produced more than 30 novels, including “Carte Blanche,” “The October List,” “The Kill Room,” “The Bodies Left Behind,” “The Cold Moon,” “The Devil’s Teardrop” and "The Bone Collector," which became a major film from Universal Pictures. His latest works are “The Skin Collector” and “Solitude Creek” (Grand Central). Deaver has been nominated for five Edgar Awards, an Anthony Award, and is the 2001 winner of the W.H. Smith Thumping Good Read Award.