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Andrew Klavan
Klavan in 2018
Klavan in 2018
Born (1954-07-13) July 13, 1954 (age 70)
New York City, U.S.
Pen name Keith Peterson
Occupation Writer, political commentator
Alma mater University of California, Berkeley (BA)
Genre Mystery, thriller and crime
Spouse Ellen Flanagan (1980–present)
Children 2
Relatives Thomas Flanagan (father-in-law)
Caitlin Flanagan (sister-in-law)

Andrew Klavan (/ˈklvən/; born July 13, 1954) is an American novelist and conservative political commentator.

Klavan has also worked in film and as an essayist and video satirist. He is also known for being a political commentator and hosts The Andrew Klavan Show podcast on the conservative site The Daily Wire.


Early life

Klavan was born to a secular Jewish family in New York City and grew up in Great Neck, Long Island, one of four sons born to father Gene Klavan, a New York disc jockey, and mother Phyllis, a homemaker. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in English Literature. He worked as a radio and newspaper reporter and a radio news writer before becoming a full-time writer.

Marriage and children

In 1980, he married Ellen Flanagan, daughter of Thomas Flanagan and sister of Caitlin Flanagan. They have two children, Spencer Klavan and Faith Moore and live in Nashville, Tennessee. Spencer Klavan is an Oxford-trained classicist who is married to Joshua Herr, general counsel for the Daily Wire.

Conversion to Christianity

Klavan converted to Christianity at the age of 49 and was baptized privately. Initially he attended the Episcopal Church, but has since left for the Anglican Catholic Church.


Klavan began his crime-writing career using the pseudonym Keith Peterson. Under that name he wrote The John Wells book series, a mystery series about a crime-solving newspaper reporter, and The Scarred Man, his first novel of psychological suspense.

Under his own name, Klavan has written crime novels, and the Homelanders series for young adults. His novels have been translated around the world. He has won two Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America, the Thumping Good Read Award from W.H. Smith, and been nominated for Anthony Awards and the International Thriller Writers award.

True Crime was filmed by Clint Eastwood in 1999. Don’t Say a Word was filmed starring Michael Douglas in 2001. Donald Cammell's 1987 White of the Eye was based on the novel Mrs. White, which Klavan co-wrote under the pseudonym Margaret Tracy with his brother, playwright Laurence Klavan. Andrew wrote the screenplay for the 1990 Michael Caine film Shock to the System, based on the novel by Simon Brett, and for the 2008 horror film One Missed Call, which starred Shannyn Sossamon and Ed Burns. He also wrote the screenplay for the movie-in-an-app Haunting Melissa and its sequel, Haunting Melissa 2: Dark Hearts. .....

Klavan has produced several satirical online video series including Klavan on the Culture for PJ Media, The Revolting Truth for TruthRevolt, and A Very Serious Commentary for Glenn Beck's Blaze Media. He currently does a weekly podcast for the Daily Wire called the Andrew Klavan Show.

The Great Good Thing: A Secular Jew Comes to Faith in Christ, Klavan's first non-fiction book, was published in 2016. It is a memoir of his spiritual journey from secular Judaism and agnosticism to Christianity.

Klavan's 36th novel, was published in 2021 and features themes of Christmas, tradition, and murder. It is a thriller novel situated in an idyllic town.

Political views

After graduating from Berkeley, Klavan began his writing career as a liberal. He became a conservative during the Reagan administration. He has both praised and criticized former US President Donald Trump.

Klavan supports gun rights, gay marriage and freedom of speech.


Klavan's book Mrs. White, which he wrote under the pen-name Margaret Tracy, won the 1984 Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original. In 1989, his novel Trapdoor was nominated in the Best Paperback Original category. In 1990, he won the Edgar Award in the Best Paperback Original category for The Rain, as well as a nomination at the 1990 Anthony Awards for Rough Justice in the paperback category. Klavan was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best Novel in 1992 for his first novel, Don't Say a Word. He received an Anthony Awards nomination at the 1996 ceremony for True Crime in the Best Novel category.


Standalone books

  • Face of the Earth (1977)
  • Agnes Mallory (1985)
  • Mrs. White (1987) (as Margaret Tracy, with Laurence Klavan)
  • There Fell a Shadow (1988) (as Keith Peterson)
  • The Rain (1988) (as Keith Peterson)
  • Darling Clementine (1988)
  • The Trapdoor (1988) (as Keith Peterson)
  • Son of Man (1988)
  • The Scarred Man (1989) (as Keith Peterson)
  • Rough Justice (1989) (as Keith Peterson)
  • Don't Say a Word (1991)
  • The Animal Hour (1992)
  • Corruption (1993)
  • True Crime (1995)
  • The Uncanny (1998)
  • Hunting Down Amanda (1999)
  • Man and Wife (2001)
  • Dynamite Road (2003)
  • Shotgun Alley (2004)
  • Damnation Street (2006)
  • Empire of Lies (2008)
  • The Identity Man (2010)
  • Crazy Dangerous (2012) ISBN: 9781595547934
  • If We Survive (2012) ISBN: 9781595547965
  • Nightmare City (2013) ISBN: 9781595547972
  • A Killer in the Wind (2013) ISBN: 9780802122254
  • Werewolf Cop (2016) ISBN: 9781605989730
  • The Great Good Thing: A Secular Jew Comes to Faith in Christ (2016)
  • The Truth and Beauty (2022)

The Homelanders series

  • The Homelanders: The Last Thing I Remember (2009)
  • The Homelanders: The Long Way Home (2010)
  • The Homelanders: The Truth of the Matter (2010)
  • The Homelanders: The Final Hour (2011)

The Mindwar trilogy

  • Mindwar (2014)
  • Hostage Run (2016)
  • Game Over (2016)

The Another Kingdom trilogy

  • Another Kingdom (2019)
  • The Nightmare Feast (2020)
  • The Emperor's Sword (2021)

The Cameron Winter Series

  • When Christmas Comes (2021) ISBN: 978-1-61316240-8
  • A Strange Habit Of Mind (2022)
  • The House of Love and Death (2023) ISBN: 978-1-61316446-4

Audio plays

  • Another Kingdom: Season 1 (2017)
  • Another Kingdom: Season 2 (2018)
  • Another Kingdom: Season 3 (2019)


Year Title Notes
1987 White of the Eye Based on Mrs. White
1990 A Shock to the System Screenplay
1999 True Crime Based on True Crime
2001 Don't Say a Word Based on Don't Say a Word
2008 One Missed Call Screenplay
2013 N.Y.C. Underground Screenplay
2018 Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest ... Screenplay
2023 Lady Ballers Cameo appearance
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