CrimeCONN returns October 15th!

Mystery-minded friends!

It is with absolute delight that I inform you—or remind you, as the case may be—that CrimeCONN is returning to the Westport Library on Saturday, October 15th, for a full day of murder and mayhem in which readers, writers, and experts will come together to discuss “The Criminal Mind.”


CrimeCONN—co-sponsored by the Mystery Writers of America, New York Chapter—debuted in 2014 and is an intimate celebration of Connecticut’s accomplished genre writers and top-tier crime fighting professionals. This year, #1 New York Times bestseller Andrew Gross—author, most recently, of The One Man and former James Patterson collaborator (Judge and Jury, The Jester, etc.)—will serve as Guest of Honor, with the keynote interview being moderated by Chris Knopf.


Here is the full schedule of events:

8:45 -9:15 am: Check in/breakfast
9:30 am-12:30 pm: Panels
12:30 pm-1:30 pm: Luncheon
1:30-4:30 pm: Panels


I Kill, Therefore I Am. What motivates your bad guys’ behavior?
Moderator: John Valeri
Authors: Rosemary Harris, Michael Ledwidge and Liz Mugavero

Catch Me If You Can. The mind games crooks (and cops) play.
Moderator: Michelle Clark
Speakers: Dr. Mark Braunsdorf, Sgt. Mike Cummiskey, Lt. Ray Hassett

On the Borderline. What makes an anti-hero heroic?
Moderator: Joe Meyers
Authors: Karen Olson, David Rich, Tom Straw

Interview with guest of honor, Andrew Gross

You Can Dodge, But You Can’t Hide. How professionals separate fact from fiction.
Expert: Captain Chris Chute

Sociopaths in Our Midst. When the ordinary go rogue.
Moderator: Kate Kessler
Authors: David Handler, A.J. Pompano, Jan Yager, Ph.D.

(Yes, it’s true—I have been asked to moderate the “I Kill, Therefore I Am” panel. I’ve been assured that this was a random assignment …)

Some of the topics you can expect enlightenment on include: What pathologies, traumas and emotional compulsions drive criminal behavior?  Where does fact meet fiction?  What about heat-of-the-moment encounters? Polygraph as evidence? Interrogation tactics? The psychology and dynamics of deep undercover investigators.

The cost to attend is $25/person and includes light breakfast, coffee/tea, and luncheon; books will be available for purchase and signing. Registration is now open and can be completed online. I encourage you to do so soon, as seating is limited.

I hope to see you there! CrimeCONN has quickly become the highlight of my felonious fall festivities, and I feel truly honored to have played some small part in its success since inception …

Moderating (from left) Roberta Isleib, Tom Straw, and Nina Mansfield at CrimeCONN 2015.



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