Bachelor, Tulane University, 1968.
Theater critic, Los Angeles magazine, 1975-1995.
Served to lieutenant Commander United States Coast Guard, 1976. Member Writers Guild of America, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle (vice president 1986), National Book Critics Circle, Authors Guild American, American Crime Writers League (president 1999-2000_. Mystery Writers American (board directors 1988), Private Eye Writers American, International Crime Writers.
Married Jane Bryson, July, 1989.