Biography – Author

After The Hot House was published, Washingtonian Magazine identified Pete Earley in a cover story entitled, Top Journalists: Washington’s Media Elite, as one of ten journalist/authors in America who “have the power to introduce new ideas and give them currency.”

At a reading and signing inside the famed Books and Books store in Coral Gables. Pictured left to right: the Honorable Steven Leifman, Florida judge and mental health advocate, Judy Robinson, veteran NAMI leader, Pete and Patti Earley.


– Graduated in 1969 from Fowler High School in Fowler, Colorado, population 1,000.
– Graduated in 1973 from Phillips University, Enid, Oklahoma, with a BS degree in business and mass communication.
– Worked as a reporter from:

1972 to 1973 at the Enid Morning News and Daily Eagle, Enid, Oklahoma.
1973 to 1975 at the Emporia Gazette, Emporia, Kansas.
1975 to 1978 at the Tulsa Tribune, Tulsa, Oklahoma.
1978 to 1980 at the Tulsa Tribune, as its Washington D.C. correspondent.
1980 to 1986 at the Washington Post on its Metro, National, and Magazine staffs.
1986 began working full-time as an author.

His nonfiction books include:

Family of Spies: Inside the John Walker Spy Ring (1988) * New York Times bestseller.

Prophet of Death: The Mormon Blood Atonement Killings (1991)

The Hot House: Life Inside Leavenworth Prison (1992)

Circumstantial Evidence: Death, Life, and Justice in a Southern Town (1995) *Winner:    Edgar Award, 1995, Best True Crime, Robert F. Kennedy Award

Confessions of A Spy: The Real Story of Aldrich Ames (1997)

Super Casino: Inside the New Las Vegas (2000)

WITSEC: Inside the Federal Witness Security Program (2002)

CRAZY: A Father’s Search Through America’ Mental Health Madness (2006) Washington Post best-seller

COMRADE J: The Untold Secrets of Russia’s Master Spy In America After the End of the Cold War (2008) A New York Times and Washington Post bestseller.

The Serial Killer Whisperer (2012)

Resilience: Two Sisters and A Story of Mental Illness (2015)

His novels include:

The Big Secret (2004)

Lethal Secrets (2005)

The Apocalypse Stone (2006)

Sly Fox (2012) written for Judge Jeanine Pirro

Clever Fox (2013) written for Judge Jeanine Pirro

Duplicity (2015) coauthor Newt Gingrich

Treason (2016) coauthor Newt Gingrich, a Washington Post bestseller

Vengeance (2017) coauthor Newt Gingrich

Collusion (2019) coauthor Newt Gingrich

Shakedown (2020) coauthor Newt Gingrich

Pete Earley is married and has seven children. He has an older brother, George. His sister, Alice, was killed in an automobile accident, which Pete wrote about for The Washington Post.