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Lee Goldberg

Lee Goldberg is an American author, screenwriter, publisher and producer known for his work on several different TV crime series, including Diagnosis: Murder, A Nero Wolfe Mystery, Hunter, Spenser: For Hire, Martial Law, She-Wolf of London, SeaQuest, 1-800-Missing, The Glades and Monk.


In 2007, Goldberg wrote and produced the pilot for a German television program, Fast Track: No Limits.[1][2]

In 2010, he wrote and directed the short film Remaindered, based on his short story for Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, on location in Kentucky. He wrote and directed the sequel, Bumsicle, in 2012.

In conjunction with his work on Monk and Diagnosis Murder, Goldberg wrote several original tie-in novels based on those series.[3][4] He has also penned several original crime novels, two featuring ex-cop-turned-Hollywood troubleshooter Charlie Willis and four in the .357 Vigilante series, which he wrote under the pseudonym Ian Ludlow, while still a student.[5] His novel, The Man with the Iron-On Badge (titled Watch Me Die for its re-release), was nominated for a Shamus Award by the Private Eye Writers of America and was produced in 2007 as the stage play, Mapes For Hire, in Owensboro, Kentucky at the International Mystery Writers Festival.

Goldberg has also written non-fiction books about the entertainment industry, including Unsold Television Pilots and Successful Television Writing. His screenplay adaptation of Victor Gischler's novel Gun Monkeys is in pre-production with Ryuhei Kitamura (Midnight Meat Train) signed to direct.[6] His book, Unsold Television Pilots, was turned into two TV specials -- The Greatest Shows You Never Saw on CBS and The Best TV Shows That Never Were on ABC, both written and produced by William Rabkin and Goldberg. They also co-created The Dead Man an original, monthly series of horror novels that rolled-out in October 2011 [7] as the premiere titles of Amazon's new 47North sf/horror/fantasy imprint.[8] Amazon initially ordered 12 books and, in February 2012, extended the series by 12 more. The 24th title, the Kindle Serial "Reborn," was publishing in January 2014.

In June 2013, his novel "The Heist," the first in a four-book series to be written with Janet Evanovich, was published by Random House.[9] A prequel short story, "Pros and Cons," was published in May 2013 and became the #1 bestselling Kindle Single for seven straight weeks...and hit both the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists.[10] "The Heist" debuted at #2 on the USA Today bestseller list & #5 on the New York Times bestseller list. The sequel, "The Chase," debuted at #1 on the Publisher's Weekly bestseller list [11] and #2 on the New York Times bestseller list [12] in March 2014. The third book in the series, "The Job," and a prequel short story, "The Shell Game," were published in November 2014 and also hit the top of the various bestseller lists.

In September 2014, Goldberg launched the publishing company Brash Books[13] with novelist Joel Goldman. The company publishes award-winning, highly acclaimed crime novels that have fallen out of print by authors like Bill Crider, Mark Smith, Carolyn Weston, Tom Kakonis, Maxine O'Callaghan, Gar Anthony Haywood, Jack Lynch, among others.


Goldberg has been nominated twice for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America and twice for a Shamus Award by the Private Eye Writers of America. He was the 2012 recipient of the Poirot Award from Malice Domestic. He has served as a board member for the Mystery Writers of America and also founded, alongside novelist Max Allan Collins, the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers.[14]

Personal life

Goldberg has three younger siblings -- Tod Goldberg, Linda Woods and Karen Dinino—all of whom are writers. His uncle is true crime author Burl Barer.

He lives with his wife and daughter in Los Angeles.


Fox & O'Hare

  • "Pros and Cons" Short Story prequel (written with Janet Evanovich) (2013)
  • "The Heist" (written with Janet Evanovich) (June 2013)
  • "The Chase" (written with Janet Evanovich) (Feb 25, 2014)[15]
  • "The Shell Game" Short Story prequel (written with Janet Evanovich) (2014)
  • "The Job" (written with Janet Evanovich) (Nov. 2014)

Diagnosis Murder


Charlie Willis

  • My Gun Has Bullets (1995) Reprinted (2003) Kindle Edition (2009)
  • Beyond the Beyond (1997) Kindle edition (2009) (retitled Dead Space)

The Dead Man Series

  • Face of Evil (with William Rabkin) (2011)
  • Ring of Knives (with William Rabkin and James Daniels) (2011)
  • Hell in Heaven (with William Rabkin) (2011)
  • The Dead Woman (with William Rabkin and David McAfee) (2011)
  • The Blood Mesa (with William Rabkin and James Reasoner) (2011)
  • Kill Them All (with William Rabkin and Harry Shannon) (2011)
  • Beast Within (with William Rabkin and James Daniels) (2011)
  • Fire & Ice (with William Rabkin and Jude Hardin) (2012)
  • Carnival of Death (with William Rabkin and Bill Crider) (2012)
  • Freaks Must Die (with William Rabkin and Joel Goldman) (2012)
  • Slaves to Evil (with William Rabkin and Lisa Klink) (2012)
  • The Midnight Special (with William Rabkin and Phoef Sutton) (2012)
  • The Death Match (with William Rabkin and Christa Faust) (2012)
  • The Black Death (with William Rabkin and Aric Davis) (2012)
  • The Killing Floor (with William Rabkin and David Tully) (2012)
  • Colder Than Hell (with William Rabkin and Anthony Neil Smith) (Jan 2013)
  • Evil to Burn (with William Rabkin and Lisa Klink) (March 2013)
  • Streets of Blood (with William Rabkin and Barry Napier) (June 2013)
  • Crucible of Fire (with William Rabkin and Mel Odom) (2013)
  • The Dark Need (with William Rabkin and Stant Litore) (2013)
  • Reborn (with William Rabkin, Kate Danley, Phoef Sutton, and Lisa Klink) (2014)

The Jury Series

  • .357 Vigilante (1985) Kindle Edition 2010 (retitled Judgment)
  • .357 Vigilante: Make Them Pay (1985) Kindle Edition 2010 (retitled Adjourned)
  • .357 Vigilante: White Wash (1985) Kindle Edition 2010 (retitled Payback)
  • .357 Vigilante: Killstorm Unpublished, released in a Kindle Edition 2010 (retitled Guilty)


  • Unsold TV Pilots (1992)
  • Unsold Television Pilots 1955-1989 (1990)
  • Television Series Revivals (1993) retitled "Television Fast Forward" in the 2010 ebook edition
  • Science Fiction Film-Making in the 1980s (1994) - co-written with William Rabkin, Randy & Jean-Marc Lofficier
  • Dreamweavers: Fantasy Film-Making in the 1980s (1994) - co-written with William Rabkin, Randy & Jean-Marc Lofficier
  • Successful Television Writing (2003) - co-written with William Rabkin
  • Tied In- The Business, Craft, and History of Media Tie-In Writing (2010) - editor


  • The Walk (2004) Kindle Edition 2009
  • The Man with the Iron-On Badge (2005) Kindle Edition 2011 (retitled Watch Me Die)
  • Top Suspense: 13 Stories by 12 Masters of the Genre (2011) Contributor
  • Thrillers: 100 Must Reads (2010) contributor
  • Die, Lover, Die! (2011) contributor
  • "McGrave" (2012)
  • King City (2012)


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External links

  • Official Website
  • Diagnosis Murder Website
  • Interview at
  • Interview at Storylink
  • Fast TrackQuotenmeter review of
  • Lee Goldberg at the Internet Movie Database
  • Interview for Serien Junkies
  • Honolulu Star BulletinInterview
  • St. Petersburg Timesinterview
  • on the Monk BooksEntertainment Weekly
  • Atlanta ConstitutionLee Goldberg on "Frak" in the
  • Two Authors Launch Brash Books "Publishers Weekly"
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