Jack Olsen (emeritus)

Jack (1925-2002) was regarded for decades as "the dean of true-crime writers," even though the longtime Bainbridge Islander despised the genre label. His best-sellers include Son: A Psychpath and His Victims; Doc: The Rape of the Town of Lovell; Predator: Rape, Justice and Madness in Seattle; and Salt Of The Earth.

The author of thirty-three books, all but six nonfiction, Jack's books have published in fifteen countries and eleven languages. Jack's journalism earned the National Headliners Award, Chicago Newspaper Guild's Page One Award, commendations from Columbia and Indiana Universities, the Washington State Governor's Award, the Scripps-Howard Award and other honors. The Philadelphia Inquirer described him as "an American treasure."

Jack was described as "the dean of true crime authors" by The Washington Post and the New York Daily News and "the master of true crime" by the Detroit Free Press and Newsday. Publishers Weekly called him "the best true crime writer around." His studies of crime are required reading in university criminology courses and have been cited in the New York Times Notable Books of the Year. In a page-one review, the Times described his work as "a genuine contribution to criminology and journalism alike."

Jack is a two-time winner in the Best Fact Crime category of the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Award.

For more about Jack and his books, go to http://www.jackolsen.com/