The daughter of immigrants herself (Russian father, English mother), Suzanne's earliest memories centered around her own parents' struggles to adapt to life in the United States. She was inspired to write the Jimmy Vega series after volunteering for several years at an immigrant outreach center near her home. The more she learned about the lives of the undocumented, the more she came to identify her own family's quiet courage and determination in their stories.
A graduate of Northwestern University, Suzanne worked for two decades in journalism, winning several national awards. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, People, Family Circle and Reader's Digest. Among her quirkier experiences as a journalist: profiling a doctor who used his kitchen ceiling fan as a centrifuge (he went on to win the Nobel Prize in medicine for his work), interviewing a famous singer who accidentally set her house on fire and visiting a small Georgia town that had a
Thank God her novel-writing career has disabused her of any such notion.
Suzanne's fifth Jimmy Vega novel, VOICE WITH NO ECHO, will be released in April 2020. She is working on her sixth and is pleased by the growing legion of fans who enjoy both series.
Suzanne's father, Sol Chazin and family, after they left the Ukraine.
Suzanne with author Lee Child at a joint book signing
parade in her honor because they got the strange idea that she was actually somebody important.
Suzanne Chazin is the award-winning author of two suspense series. Her first (THE FOURTH ANGEL, FLASHOVER, FIREPLAY) stars Georgia Skeehan, a scrappy female fire-investigator for the New York City Fire Department. The series, hailed as, "searing and emotionally explosive," by USA TODAY and "dazzling," by PEOPLE MAGAZINE, was inspired by her husband, a high-ranking chief in the FDNY.
Suzanne's second mystery series stars Jimmy Vega, a flawed but deeply humane cop navigating the veiled world of the undocumented in upstate NY. The series has received praise from Lee Child, Tawni O'Dell and William Kent Krueger among others, for its mix of heart, human insights and pulse-pounding action. Her first book in the series, LAND OF CAREFUL SHADOWS, was chosen as a top-five mystery of the year by the American Library Association. Her second, A BLOSSOM OF BRIGHT LIGHT, was an Amazon pick of the month. Her third, NO WITNESS BUT THE MOON, received a starred review in PUBLISHERS WEEKLY and was chosen as one of the ten best books of the year by the NEWARK STAR-LEDGER.