John Nardizzi


2022 Shamus Award finalist...

The Burden of Innocence was shortlisted today for the 2022 Shamus Award in the Best PI Paperback category by the Private Eye Writers of America! Very exciting news to be nominated in such a crowded field of fantastic writers.

Past Shamus winners include some of the top writers in the genre: Laura Lippman, Robert B. Parker, Walter Mosley, Sue Grafton, Lawrence Block, Bill Pronzini, Livia Washburn, Sara Peretsky. Great company to keep on the mean streets of modern publishing…


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SINC at Warwick Public Library, RI

Thank you to SINC New England and the Warwick Public Library for hosting a fantastic book talk. Enjoyed meeting the talented writers Maureen Boyle, Jan Brogan, and Kate Flora.


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Real stories behind the book...

Thank you all for supporting the tremendous launch of The Burden of Innocence, which is getting great reviews on many retail sites!  Getting a lot of questions about the real stories behind the scenes. Some news on this point ...

Parts of the book are based on the case of my client, James Watson. He spent 42 years in a Massachusetts prison for a crime he did not commit until we freed him from prison and cleared his name forever. He is am amazing person who credits his family and sense of humor for helping him persevere. A few weeks ago, I went to the Innocence Network conference in Phoenix with James, his family, and the rest of the legal team to celebrate. This event hosted over 200 exonerated men and women, as well as 500 investigators, lawyers and family members. Wow, what an emotional conference. A lot of pain, happiness, and wisdom mixed together. As one exoneree said: "Don't count the days, just make the days count."

Here are some photos from this incredible week in Phoenix. Our crew controlled the pool table for 3 hours on consecutive nights and crushed all comers, much to the chagrin of several west coast lawyers. You heard it here first: James' prison rec room had a pool table, as did my law school housing complex.🎱

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Noir at the Bar - Caffe Avellino...

Starting to set some local readings. If you live in the area, stop by and say hello!

  • Noir at the Bar - Caffe Avellino, 242 Humphrey Street, Swampscott MA 01907. Thursday, June 9, 2022 at 7:00 PM.

Writers Bone - Talking crime fiction!

Appeared on Writers Bone host Daniel Ford, talking about crime fiction and The Burden of Innocence. We had a great chat about writing, strange trances you enter (at times) and how you start to believe the things your characters say. John even uttered a memorable quote; "If you have the gift to write, build it up and enjoy yourself."
Right? Write.


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Sisters & Misters in Crime...

Appearing with some other great New England writers at a Sisters in Crime, New England-sponsored event called "Sisters & Misters in Crime" at the Warwick Public Library. Event will be held on Tuesday, May 24 at 2 p.m. Hope to see you there!

PI Education Talk on The Burden of Innocence...

Will be appearing on the excellent podcast of PI Education at 4:30 PM EST, Wednesday, Dec. 1 where I will talk with the bearded legend Hal Humphries about investigating on behalf of wrongfully convicted clients and how I sleep well at night by writing fiction. Or as PI Education says: "Nardizzi has poured all that experience, triumph, and fury (and his prodigious writing chops) into a new novel, THE BURDEN OF INNOCENCE, which he says he wrote to help set certain things right in fiction that didn't go right in the world. "

Please stop by on their
YouTube channel!

Library discussion...

Enjoy the film Shawshank Redemption? Come hear the story of Victor Rosario, an innocent man who spent over 3 decades in prison after being convicted of arson in 1983. Victor will be speaking along with his attorney Andrea Petersen and his PI (me): Sat. March 30, 4 PM.

Thank you to Sleuthfest...

Thank you to Sleuthfest 2019 for hosting me on several writing and investigation panels. 2019 #sleuthfest rocked the house. Great panels & the organizers made everyone feel welcome. Flawless ... Toured Miami last night to complete pinot noir vibe ...

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“Chasing the Ghost” wins writing contest...

John Nardizzi’s “Chasing the Ghost” wins Pursuit Magazine Criminal Defense writing contest.