Selected Works

Crime Fiction
They called her The Bride. Young, homeless, and wearing a tattered wedding dress and veil matted with grime, she floated through the streets of Hellís Kitchen like a spectre. Until she wound up dead.
The Private Eye Writers of America has selected Sinners' Ball as Best Paperback Original Novel of 2010 and awarded it the coveted Shamus Award.
"Old Flame is a gem of crime fiction." Booklist Starred Review
ďBerkowitz nails New York, and in particular modern-day Hellís Kitchen ... an impressive debut."
ĖJason Starr

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A Writer's Life

April 2, 2013

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April 1, 2013

Since this blog is about this writerís life, a really important question I face is when is a book finished? (more…)

A Writer's Life

March 29, 2013

Tags: homeless, plotting, Family Matters, characters, writing

March 29, 2013

In my last blog I touched on the role characters play in plotting. In that aha! moment when the story magically appears full-blown, the major characters always come along for the ride. I see them but only in a narrow, physical sense. It takes a little while before I truly get to know (more…)

A Writer's Life

March 12, 2013

Tags: wedding, angel, mystery, crime, fiction, homeless, Boston, North End, Ira Berkowitz, Steeg, Jackson Steeg, bride

March 12, 2103


Writers are often asked how they find their stories?

For me itís the wrong question. The stores find me and donít let go, insisting to be written. The experience is visceral, and you know youíve caught lightning in a bottle.

Hereís the latest example. (more…)

A Writer's Life

February 28, 2013

Tags: Ira Berkowitz, Amos Oz, shopkeeper, process, writing

This is my first blog so please be kind, Iím still trying to get the hang of it, still trying to figure out what would be interesting to share. All I can come up with is a peek into the sheer exhilaration and deadening frustration of weaving a story (more…)