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The award-winning author of thirty-three books, Jack Olsen’s books have published in fifteen countries and eleven languages.
Olsen's journalism earned the National Headliners Award, Chicago Newspaper Guild's Page One Award, commendations from Columbia and Indiana Universities, the Washington State Governor's Award, the Scripps-Howard Award and other honors.
He was listed in Who's Who in America since 1968 and in Who's Who in the World since 1987.
The Philadelphia Inquirer described him as "an American treasure." Olsen was described as "the dean of true crime authors" by the Washington Post and the New York Daily News and "the master of true crime" by the Detroit Free Press and Newsday.
Publishers Weekly called him "the best true crime writer around." His studies of crime are required reading in university criminology courses and have been cited in the New York Times Notable Books of the Year.
In a page-one review, the Times described his work as "a genuine contribution to criminology and journalism alike." Olsen is a two-time winner in the Best Fact Crime category of the Mystery Writer’s of America, Edgar award.
“Bainbridge Island writer Jack Olsen died of a heart attack Tuesday, in bed at home with a magazine resting on his chest.
“A perfect exit, except that at 77, he was getting better with every book. Olsen, a former Time magazine bureau chief and Sports Illustrated writer, had been in good health.
His latest of 33 books was just a month from the stores, and he was enthusiastic about a memoir in the works....” “Jack Olsen was a respected journalist and prolific writer who pioneered the genre of "true crime." Olsen also wrote fiction and books about sports and social issues, but it was his true-crime writing that earned him national acclaim and readership.
The Washington Post gave him the title of "dean of true-crime authors." Olsen preferred to be characterized as a hard-nosed reporter seeking the truth and getting it right....” Read More “Veteran crime journalist Jack Olsen jokingly called himself my "one lefty friend." For the past couple of years, we traded notes berating and cajoling each other. "O for Chrisakes, Michelle, lighten up," he wrote in response to a column I did on touchy-feely conflict resolution seminars in the public schools....” Joe Gere said he died on the afternoon his twelve-year-old daughter Brenda disappeared.