Steve Ulfelder is the author of four mystery novels featuring unlikely hero Conway Sax: Shotgun Lullaby, The Whole Lie, Purgatory Chasm, and Wolverine Bros. Freight & Storage. He’s also a real estate agent with Keller Williams and the Hollows Group, as well as co-owner of an auto-racing business.
Steve began his writing career with 20 years as a business and technology journalist, writing feature stories and opinion columns for Computerworld magazine, among others. He spent the final six years of his journalism life as a freelancer. Most of his articles examined trends affecting corporate technology managers, but he also managed to write about race cars, job fairs, the Bahamas, the horrors of the office fridge, swimming pool design, romance in the workplace, and the joy of Pringles.
In 2006, Steve left journalism to write novels and focus on Flatout Motorsports, a company he co-founded that builds, rents, sells and services race cars. He spends weekends competing in Sports Car Club of America races at such tracks as New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Lime Rock Park, and Watkins Glen International. As if his resume weren’t odd enough already, Steve occasionally works as a private investigator.
Purgatory Chasm was published by Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books in 2011. It was nominated for the Edgar and Anthony Awards in the Best First Novel category, and was named Best First Mystery by RT Book Reviews. The second Conway Sax novel, The Whole Lie, was published in 2012, with Shotgun Lullaby following in 2013. Book four, Wolverine Bros. Freight & Storage, was named Best PI Novel of 2014 by the Sons of Spade blog.
While Steve reads everything, mystery has always been his genre of choice. Influences and favorites include James Ellroy, Ed McBain, Robert B. Parker, Donald Westlake/Richard Stark, John D. MacDonald, Ross Macdonald, Gregory McDonald, Robert Crais, Don Winslow, Ken Bruen, Dennis Lehane, Lee Child, and probably a couple more McDonalds or MacDonalds.
Steve is a proud member of Mystery Writers of America (having served as president of MWA’s New England chapter). He holds a BA in Creative Writing from Ohio Wesleyan University and lives in Massachusetts.