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 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.