He is also the author of the Ash McKenna crime series, which wrapped in July 2018 with Potter’s Field. Other entries include: New Yorked, which was nominated for an Anthony Award for Best First Novel, as well as City of Rose, South Village, and The Woman from Prague. He also wrote the short story collection Take-Out, and co-wrote Scott Free with James Patterson.
Rob is the former publisher for MysteriousPress.com and the current class director at LitReactor. He has also worked as a political reporter and the communications director for a politician, and was a commissioner for the city of New York.
Rob’s short stories have appeared in publications like Shotgun Honey, Crime Factory, All Due Respect, Thuglit, Needle, Helix Literary Magazine, Mystery Tribune, and Joyland. He received a Derringer Award nomination for best flash fiction story for “Foodies”, and his short story “Take-Out” appeared in Best American Mystery Stories 2018. He received honorable mention in both Best American Mystery Stories 2015 and 2017. He also wrote “Due on Batuu”, a short story set in the Star Wars universe, as part of From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back.
Non-fiction articles have been featured at sites like LitReactor, Salon, The Daily Beast, Criminal Element, The Literary Hub, Birth.Movies.Death, and Electric Literature.
He lives in Staten Island, N.Y.