DAVID STOUT is the author of six books and specializes in mysteries and true-crime stories. He spent nearly 28 years working as a reporter and editor for the New York Times, where he covered national and Washington news.

His most recent book, available April 2020, The Kidnap Years, is the shocking, historical true crime account that brings to light the illegal activity that many people engaged in to make a living during the Great Depression. . . kidnapping.

His first novel, Carolina Skeletons, 1988, won an Edgar award and was adapted for a television movie. There is renewed interest in the real case that inspired the novel: the 1944 execution of 14-year old George Stinney in South Carolina for the murder of two little girls. A judge in South Carolina threw out the conviction in December 2014, declaring that the quick trial and execution constituted “a great and fundamental injustice.”

Stout’s other books include two well-received mysteries, Night of the Ice Storm, 1991, and The Dog Hermit, 1993 (renamed A Child is Missing for a 1995 TV movie), and two other non-fiction works, Night of the Devil, 2003, a story about infamous cop-killer Thomas Trantino, and The Boy in the Box, 2008, an investigation of one of America’s most famous unsolved murders.