New Yorker article has extraordinary allegations about Dan Mallory, aka AJ Finn

News - Books Tuesday, 05 February 2019

Author of number 1 bestseller The Woman in the Window likened to Patricia Highsmith's Ripley


A 12,000-word article in the New Yorker has cast a forensic eye over the career of Dan Mallory, who as AJ Finn is the author of the number 1 bestseller The Woman in the Window (HarperCollins UK), alleging a consistent pattern of deceptions and fabricatations. Ian Parker, a New Yorker staff writer, alleges that throughout his adult life Mallory has invented his past, exaggerated his qualifications, and feigned illnesses including cancer. The article states that, while The Woman in the Window is clearly influenced by Alfred Hitchcock's film Rear Window, it also owes an unacknowledged debt to a 1995 thriller called Copycat.

The allegations in the article will not have come as a complete surprise to Mallory's former colleagues at Little, Brown UK, where he worked from 2009 to 2012. Rumours about his time there have long been circulating in London publishing. Parker reports that when most of the publishers bidding for The Woman in the Window learned the identity of the author (the novel was originally submitted under a pseudonym), they withdrew their offers. BookBrunch had been scheduled to interview Mallory in 2017, in advance of publication of The Woman in the Window, but cancelled.

A film adaptation of The Woman in the Window, starring Amy Adams and Gary Oldman, is in the pipeline. Rights in the novel have been sold in more than 40 territories.

'A suspense novelist's trail of deceptions' - New Yorker article

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