Warren Murphy was born in Jersey City, where he worked as a reporter and editor. After the Korean war, he drifted into politics, “but when everybody I worked for went to jail, I thought God was sending me a message to find a new line of work.” The first Destroyer novel followed soon after.
Murphy says he has “the usual passel of snot-nosed kids, Deirdre, Megan, Brian, Ardath and Devin, some of whom now have their own snot-nosed kids.”

He has been an adjunct professor at Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA, and has also run workshops and lectured at many other schools and universities. His hobbies are golf, mathematics, opera and investing.

He has served on the board of the Mystery Writers of America, and also has been a member of the Private Eye Writers of America, the International Association of Crime Writers, the American Crime Writers League, and the Screenwriters Guild.

Murphy is also a member of the Adams Roundtable, a New York writers’ social group, among whose members are Mary Higgins Clark, Peter Straub, Susan Isaacs, Lawrence Block, Harlan Coben, Judith Kelman, Mickey Friedman, Dorothy Salisbury Davis, Justin Scott, Stanley Cohen and Whitley Strieber, and who occasionally produce mystery anthologies.

He lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia.


Favorite novels (not written by partners or friends) —

The Great Prince Died, by Bernard Wolfe.

More than Human, by Theodore Sturgeon.

All The King’s Men, by Robert Penn Warren.

One, by David Karp.

This is Graceanne’s Book, by P.M. Whitney

7 Responses to Bio

  1. brian says:

    I’ve started reading “More Than Human” as suggested…

  2. Not says:

    Megan!!!!!!! My fav teacher!!!!!

  3. Bonnie Bayne says:

    Hell-o Warren;

    I trust you are well. I ran across some letters you sent me many years ago and wondered if you were still alive. Are you?

  4. Just wanted to say hi! and let you know that your Destroyer series helped keep me relatively sane during a fairly tough time in my life. That was back in the 70′s…now living in some Montana mountains, working & studying as a nurse, enjoying being free — for the now. Thanks for being!


  5. Courtney says:

    After hearing you speak today, I was influenced to learn more about who you are as a writer and person. I was truly impressed with your speech today at ocean lakes and would like to thank you for taking your time out to talk to all of us students. I loved listening to you and all of your tips on life. I’m glad I got to hear you today, it was a pleasure!

  6. Cathy Portman-Laux says:

    Remember you from Jersey Journal days and value the advice you gave me on not overcrowding first chapter of novels with introduction of too many characters. Good to read you are doing well. Best wishes.

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