The Master of the High-Action Thriller

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About David

David Morrell is the award-winning author of First Blood, the novel in which Rambo was created. He was born in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. In 1960, at the age of seventeen, he became a fan of the classic television series, route 66, about two young men in a Corvette convertible traveling the United States in search of America and themselves. The scripts by Stirling Silliphant combined action with ideas and so impressed Morrell that he decided to become a writer.

David on Social Media

Every day, I post comments on my Facebook author’s page about books, movies, TV shows, and music that I’m really excited about. I talk about what I’m working on, what’s happening in my life, where I’ll give a talk next, the authors I had a chance to spend time with, and thoughts that occur to me about what’s happening in the world. We have a lot of fun discussions. You can also follow me on Twitter, where I share additional news and upcoming author events.

Featured Videos

Watch David and his friend Jack Carr

Watch David speaking to the Southwest Writers Group

Praise for David's Work

David Morrell has written more good thrillers than just about anyone alive.

Chicago Sun-Times

David Morrell writes action scenes like nobody’s business.

New York Times Book Review

David Morrell isn’t just one of the best thriller writers out there, he’s one of the finest writers alive today.

Providence Sunday Journal

An absolute master of the thriller.

—Dean Koontz, New York Times bestselling author

David Morrell’s not just a fine writer; he’s also a great and generous teacher.

—Lawrence Block, New York Times bestselling author

Master storyteller David Morrell thrills us with heart-pounding suspense while tugging at our emotions.

—Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author

Featured Books

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Murder as a Fine Art
Thomas De Quincy Series

On Writing

In 1998, an editor at Writers Digest asked me to contribute to an anthology about how to write fiction. I was then in my third decade as an author, and I wondered why I hadn’t thought of doing this earlier. After all, I devoted a lot of my life to education and have a Ph D in American literature. For sixteen years, I was a professor at the University of Iowa, teaching Hawthorne and Melville, Hemingway and Faulkner. It surprised me that I hadn't considered writing about writing.