Biography

Jim Fusilli is an American writer. He is the author of eight novels including “Narrows Gate,” an epic set in the years surrounding World War II in a gritty Italian-American community in the shadow of New York City. Its principal characters include an Italian-American crooner, a collection of gangsters, military men and intelligence operatives, assorted Hollywood types and two young friends who must choose which path to take to escape the dangerous environment. Narrows Gate is based loosely on Hoboken, New Jersey, where Jim was born. Mystery Scene magazine said “’Narrows Gate’ must be ranked among the half-dozen most memorable novels about the Mob.”

Jim’s debut novel “Closing Time” was the final work of fiction set in New York City published prior to the 9/11 attacks. The following year, his “A Well-Known Secret” addressed the impact of 9/11 on the residents of lower Manhattan, where he now resides. Subsequent novels include “Tribeca Blues” and “Hard, Hard City,” which Mystery Ink magazine named its Novel of the Year. “Closing Time,” “A Well-Known Secret” and “Tribeca Blues” will be reissued by Open Road Media in October 2018. Lawrence Block provided a new foreword for “Closing Time.”

Jim has published many short stories that have appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies. “Chellini’s Solution” was included in an edition of the Best American Mystery Stories and his “Digby, Attorney at Law” was nominated for the prestigious Edgar and Macavity awards.

The former Rock & Pop Critic of The Wall Street Journal, Jim is the author of two books of non-fiction, both related to popular music. “Pet Sounds” is his tribute to Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys’ classic album. The book, described as “an experiment in music journalism,” combines the rhythm and emotional weight of Jim’s fiction with the often-unorthodox observations of his music criticism. A favorite of novelists inspired by contemporary pop music, it was translated for a Japanese language edition by Haruki Murakami.

Jim’s “Catching Up: Connecting with Great 21st Century Music” introduces veteran music fans to some of the best, most dynamic and enjoyable music of the 21st century while illustrating how that new music is suited to the tastes and passions of grownup rock and pop fans.

Combining his interests, Jim edited and contributed a chapter to the anthology “Crime Plus Music: Twenty Stories of Music-Themed Noir,” published in 2017.

His novel for young adults “Marley Z and the Bloodstained Violin” was published by Dutton Juvenile.

Jim is married to the former Diane Holuk, a global communications executive.