Born under a bad sign, Gary Phillips (Fiction) must keep writing to forestall his appointment at the crossroads. He has written various novels, novellas, radio plays, scripts, graphic novels such as Vigilante: Southland, and published some 60 short stories. Several of his works have been optioned for film or TV including Violent Spring, set in the aftermath of the ’92 civil unrest, the graphic novel The Rinse about a money launderer, and his short story “The Two Falcons” from The Highway Kind: Tales of Fast Cars, Desperate Drivers and Dark Roads. Phillips has edited or co-edited several anthologies including the bestselling Orange County Noir, Politics Noir and the critically praised The Obama Inheritance: Fifteen Stories of Conspiracy Noir. He is the immediate past president of the Private Eye Writers of America.