"Cynical and perverse under the skin" is how The New York Times greeted Dick Lochte's New Orleans-based private-eye novel The Neon Smile. For a crime novel, praise doesn't come much richer, and it continued with Sue Grafton, Joseph Wambaugh, and Robert Crais adding their plaudits.
Lochte is the co-author with Al Roker of a bestselling comedy-mystery series featuring celebrity chef Billy Blessing. He also collaborated with prosecutor Christopher Darden in a series of legal thrillers. A solo crime novel, Blues in the Night, was published in 2012 by Severn House.
Lochte began his career as a novelist with the 1985 prize-winning mystery, Sleeping Dog. Chronicling the adventures of a precocious fourteen-year-old girl and a weary Los Angeles private detective as they search for the girl’s mother across most of California, the novel was nominated for the Edgar, Shamus and Anthony and won the Nero Wolfe Award. It also was selected by The Times as a “Notable Book of the Year,” and the Independent Mystery Booksellers of America named it one of the 100 Most Popular Mystery Novels of the Century.
Lochte is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. He has written for numerous publications, including the Washington Post, Playboy, TV Guide, Chicago Tribune and Salon. He was a columnist for the Los Angeles Times from 1980 to 2002, first as the creator and author of Book Notes, a weekly column devoted to news of the publishing industry, then as a reviewer of crime fiction. He was a contributing editor and theater critic for Los Angeles magazine for sixteen years and received an Ovation Award in 1989 from the Los Angeles Theater Alliance. He wrote the final script for the Award-winning film The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane, which starred Jodie Foster and Martin Sheen, and his original screenplay formed the basis for the feature film Escape to Athena, a World War II comedy-drama starring Roger Moore and David Niven. He has also written for television.
Lochte has served as president of both the Private Eye Writers of America and the American Crime Writers League. He is a member of Mystery Writers of America, the International Association of Crime Writers, P.E.N., Book Critics Circle and the Writers Guild of America. He lives on the West Coast with his wife and son.