Lydia Strong

I was nineteen years old when I first met Lydia Strong. I was sitting in a car, under the elevated section of the “1” line in the Bronx, waiting – for what I can’t remember. In my mind, I kept seeing a woman running past a church in the high desert of New Mexico. So, I pulled a napkin and a pen from the glove compartment and started writing what would eventually become Angel Fire It took me ten years to write that novel, the years between age nineteen and twenty-nine were, for me, years of hard work and tumultuous change – during which I let my dreams of becoming a writer languish. Lydia was faithful; she waited. Eventually, I got serious and started writing every day.

I followed Lydia from New Mexico to New York City, Albania, Miami and back. We trekked through abandoned subway tunnels under Manhattan, to a compound in the backwoods of Florida, to a mysterious church in the Bronx, and to a fictional town called Haunted. It was a total thrill ride, and I wrote like my fingers were on fire. I am delighted that these early books, which I published under my maiden name, Lisa Miscione, have found a new life on the shelves.

Smoke

Smoke

“If you don’t know this series, it’s high time to get acquainted.” —Booklist

An NYPD detective visits Lydia and her husband, P.I. Jeffrey Mark, to inform them that Lily, one of Lydia’s former writing students, has been missing for more than two weeks.
Twice

Twice

“Compelling and creepy suspense.” —January Magazine

Acclaimed artist Julian Ross has just been found standing over her husband’s bloody corpse in their New York City apartment.
The Darkness Gathers

The Darkness Gathers

“One of my favorite new writers.” —Lee Child

Fresh from a tour promoting her last case, reclusive true crime writer Lydia Strong receives an anonymous cry for help.
Angel Fire

Angel Fire

“A real winner. Don’t miss it!” —Library Journal

The gripping debut that established Lisa Unger, writing as Lisa Miscione, as a novelist to watch.