About the Author

There is only one Robert Lopresti (on this page, anyway) but he has two separate stories to tell. FICTION wrtier Robert Lopresti can still remember where he was when he first read the words "They were the footprints of a gigantic hound!" He grew up in New Jersey and set his comic crime novel GREENFELLAS there. Kings River Life Magazine, by the way, called GREENFELLAS one of the Best Mysteries of 2015. He is the author of more than seventy short stories, one of which was chosen to be reprinted in BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2016 (edited by Elizabeth George) and YEAR'S BEST DARK FANTASY AND HORROR 2016 (edited by Paula Guran). His stories have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine (thirty-plus of them), Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, The Strand, and plenty of anthologies. They have won the Derringer (thrice) and Black Orchid Novella Awards, and been nominated for the Anthony. His first novel, SUCH A KILLING CRIME, was published by Kearney Street Books in 2005. He conceived and edited THURBER ON CRIME, which Mysterious Press produced in 1995. His most popular character is Leopold Longshanks, a mystery writer who gets reluctantly pushed into solving true crime. A collection of the humorous stories, SHANKS ON CRIME, is available. Bill Crider, in Mystery Scene Magazine, wrote "All the stories are clever, witty, and well-written... If you haven't met Shanks before, this book provides an excellent chance to get acquainted." His books have been reprinted in Japan and Italy. NONFICTION writer Robert Lopresti is a retired librarian whose latest book is WHEN WOMEN DIDN'T COUNT, telling the startling facts of how women have been sidelined, neglected, and just plain lied about in U.S. government statistics for more than two centuries. One example from thousands: You've heard of Rosie the Riveter, the hundreds of thousands of women who marched into the factories during World War II. That's true, but there were already women pioneering in those fields; the Census Bureau just erased many of them from the records because they couldn't have REALY been doing those jobs. Among his other nonfiction works was "How Overdue Books Caused The Civil War," an essay you can still read at American Libraries if you want to know how the fight really started.

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