Who’s That Doggie’s Writer?

Speculation had just begun on who’s behind the pseudonym of the “debut” mystery, Dog On It, by Spencer Quinn, when the case was cracked. Appropriately, Sarah Weinman, who writes insightfully about the mystery genre in the L.A. Times, Balimore Sun, and the  New York Post as well as on her own blog, has unmasked the true author — Peter Abrahams.

She doesn’t explain how she made the discovery in her story in the Book Beast, but she clearly has the goods; Abrahams spoke to her about why he chose to use a pseudonym.

Among Abrahams’s works under his own name are, The Fury of Rachel Monette (1980), Oblivion (2004), End of Story (2005), the Echo Falls mystery series for middle-graders, and a new novel for teens coming next month, Reality Check (HarperTeen).

Dog On It is currently on the NYT hardcover fiction bestseller list. Abrahams/Quinn is under contract for three more books in the series; the next one will be out this fall.


Dog On It

Spencer Quinn

  • Hardcover: $25; 320 pages
  • Publisher: Atria (February 10, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 1416585834
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416585831

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