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J.L. Abramo


J.L. Abramo

J. L. Abramo was born in the seaside paradise of Brooklyn, New York, on Raymond Chandler’s 59th birthday. Abramo earned a BA in Sociology at the City College of New York and a Masters Degree in Social Psychology at the University of Cincinnati.

Abramo is a long-time educator, arts journalist, film and stage actor, and theatre director. He is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Private Eye Writers of America, International Thriller Writers and the Screen Actors Guild.

Abramo is the author of CATCHING WATER IN A NET, winner of the St. Martin’s Press/Private Eye Writers of America Award for Best First Private Eye Novel; and the subsequent Jake Diamond private eye mysteries CLUTCHING AT STRAWS, COUNTING TO INFINITY and CIRCLING THE RUNWAY, winner of the Shamus Award.

GRAVESEND, the acclaimed stand-alone crime thriller from Down&Out Books, was released in September 2012. CHASING CHARLIE CHAN, a prequel to the Jake Diamond private eye series, was released in 2013.

BROOKLYN JUSTICE, a novel in stories, released in 2016. CONEY ISLAND AVENUE, the follow-up to GRAVESEND, released in 2017. AMERICAN HISTORY, a multi-generational crime novel, released in 2018.

J.L. Abramo

Books by J.L. Abramo

by J.L. Abramo - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

Crossing the Atlantic Ocean and the American continent, from Sicily to New York City and San Francisco, the fierce hostility and mistrust between the Agnello and Leone families parallel the turbulent events of the 20th century in a nation struggling to find its identity in the wake of two world wars. A multi-generational saga of loyalty and deceit, law breakers and enforcers, and families torn apart or bound together in a 100-year battle for survival. AMERICAN HISTORY is a historical novel and an epic crime novel in the tradition of EAST OF EDEN, THE IMMIGRANTS and THE GODFATHER.

by J.L. Abramo - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

The dogs days of August in Brooklyn and the detectives of the 61st Precinct are battling to keep all hell from breaking loose. Lives are taken in the name of greed, retribution, passion and the lust for power...and the only worthy opponent of this senseless malevolence is the uncompromising resolve to rise above it, rather than descend to its depths. The heart-pounding sequel to the acclaimed novel GRAVESEND, from Shamus Award-winning author J.L. Abramo, CONEY ISLAND AVENUE continues the dramatic account of the professional and personal struggles that constitute everyday life for the dedicated men and women of the Six-One and of the saints and sinners who share their streets.