Daniel Mallory (born January 2, 1979) is an American editor and author who writes under the name A. J. Finn. His 2018 novel The Woman in the Window debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Seller list and has been adapted into a feature film. Mallory came to attention in 2019 for lying extensively about his past in order to excuse personal shortcomings and illegitimately further his literary work and career.
January 2, 1979
New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||Duke University|
|Notable works||The Woman in the Window (2018)|
Early life and educationEdit
Mallory worked for several years in London at Sphere Books, an imprint of Little, Brown and Company. He wrote The Woman in the Window, his first novel, while living in New York and working as a vice president and executive editor at publisher William Morrow and Company. It debuted in 2018 at number one on the New York Times Best Seller list but was criticized for key similarities to Sarah A. Denzil's 2016 book Saving April. A feature film starring Amy Adams and Gary Oldman was adapted from the book. The film was originally set for a theatrical release on May 15, 2020, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic was sold to Netflix, which began streaming it on May 14, 2021.
In February 2019, an article in The New Yorker exposed Mallory as having fabricated numerous aspects of his life and career, including having earned a doctorate from the University of Oxford, having suffered from cancer and a brain tumor, having lost his mother to cancer, having lost his brother to suicide; and of borrowing very heavily from the 1995 thriller film Copycat, without attribution, for his debut novel. Mallory subsequently released a statement in which he admitted that his mother had survived her cancer and that his brother was also still alive. While Mallory has attributed his deceptive behavior to his diagnosis of bipolar II disorder, a psychiatrist interviewed in the aforementioned article noted that one "cannot attribute to that diagnosis delusions, amnesia, or 'chronic lying for secondary gain, or to get attention.'" The originality of The Woman in the Window has also been questioned based on substantial similarities with Sarah A. Denzil's 2016 Saving April, including a nearly identical final twist, though A.J. Finn's publisher argues that the plot points of The Woman in the Window were fully formed before Saving April was released.
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