Gregg Hurwitz

Gregg Andrew Hurwitz is an American novelist, screenwriter, and comic book writer. Most of his novels are in the thriller fiction genre.

Gregg Hurwitz
BornSan Francisco County, California
OccupationNovelist, comic book writer
Notable works

His script writing work includes a film adaptation of his book Orphan X, a TV adaptation of Joby Warrick's Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS,[1] and a screenplay for the 2017 film The Book of Henry. He also has written comic books for comic book publishers like DC Comics and Marvel Comics.

Personal life and educationEdit

Hurwitz grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area[2] and graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, California. While completing a bachelor of arts degree from Harvard University (1995) and a master's from Trinity College, Oxford in Shakespearean tragedy (1996), he wrote his first novel. At Harvard, he was a student of psychologist Jordan Peterson who influenced his writing.[3] He was the undergraduate scholar-athlete of the year at Harvard for pole vaulting and played college soccer in England, where he was a Knox Fellow.[4]

Hurwitz lives in Los Angeles.[2] He is married and has two daughters.[5]


Hurwitz is the author of The Tower, Minutes to Burn, Do No Harm, The Kill Clause, The Program, Troubleshooter, Last Shot, The Crime Writer, Trust No One, Don't Look Back, and Orphan X. His books have been shortlisted for best novel of the year by the International Thriller Writers, nominated for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, chosen as feature selections for four major literary book clubs, honored as Book Sense Picks, and translated into 28 languages.[citation needed]

He wrote the original screenplay for the film The Book of Henry (2017), directed by Collin Trevorrow for Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, and filmed in New York.[6]

His 2016 novel Orphan X was picked up by Warner Bros. with Bradley Cooper to direct.[7] Hurwitz will write the screenplay adaptation. Hurwitz has written Wolverine, The Punisher, and Foolkiller for Marvel Comics,[8] and published numerous academic articles on Shakespeare. He has taught fiction writing in the USC English Department, and guest lectured for UCLA and Harvard. He also has written and produced season two of the TV show V.

He became the writer of Batman: The Dark Knight for DC Comics in 2012.[9][10]



Orphan X Thrillers seriesEdit

  1. Orphan X, January 2016
  2. The Nowhere Man, January 2017
  3. Hellbent, January 2018
  4. Out of the Dark, January 2019
  5. Into the Fire, January 2020
  6. Prodigal Son, January 2021
  7. Dark Horse, February 2022
Orphan X short storiesEdit

Released as ebook and audiobook only

  • "Buy a Bullet", (Book 1.5) October 2016
  • "The Intern", (Book 3.5) December 2018
  • "The List", (Book 5.5) August 2020

The Rains BrothersEdit

  1. The Rains, October 2016
  2. Last Chance, October 2017

Tim RackleyEdit

  1. The Kill Clause, August 2004
  2. The Program, August 2005
  3. Troubleshooter, July 2006
  4. Last Shot, July 2007


  • The Tower, April 1999
  • Minutes to Burn, July 2001
  • Do No Harm, July 2002
  • The Crime Writer (also known as I See You), June 2008
  • Trust No One (UK title as We Know), June 2010
  • You're Next, November 2010
  • They're Watching (UK title as Or She Dies), April 2011
  • The Survivor, July 2012
  • Tell No Lies, August 2013
  • Don't Look Back, August 2014

Comic booksEdit

DC ComicsEdit

Marvel ComicsEdit





  1. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (August 4, 2016). "Black Flags Miniseries About Rise of ISIS from Bradley Cooper & Todd Phillips in Works at HBO". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on June 12, 2018. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Wilkens, John (July 23, 2011). "For Hurwitz, thrillers come when sleep won't". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Archived from the original on September 1, 2013.
  3. ^ Bartlett, Tom (January 17, 2018). "What's So Dangerous About Jordan Peterson?". The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved January 19, 2018. A former student of Peterson’s at Harvard, Gregg Hurwitz, now a writer of best-selling thrillers, has long drawn inspiration from him. Hurwitz slipped some of Peterson’s self-help quotes into his novel Orphan X...
  4. ^ Sisterson, Craig (May 20, 2011). "Gregg Hurwitz: Writing from experience". The New Zealand Herald. Auckland, New Zealand. Archived from the original on October 5, 2014.
  5. ^ Brown, Nell Porter (July–August 2009). "Slaying Dragons". Harvard Magazine. Retrieved October 16, 2016.
  6. ^ Lowe, Kinsey (November 21, 2015). "Colin Trevorrow Tweets The Book of Henry Has Wrapped Filming". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on March 10, 2016.
  7. ^ Kit, Borys; Ford, Rebecca (February 9, 2015). "Bradley Cooper in Talks to Tackle Orphan X for Warner Bros". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on March 28, 2016.
  8. ^ Gregg Hurwitz at the Grand Comics Database
  9. ^ Phegley, Kiel (August 3, 2012). "The Bat Signal: Gregg Hurwitz Makes The Dark Knight A 'Survivor'". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on August 7, 2012. Retrieved August 31, 2013.
  10. ^ "Interview: Gregg Hurwitz". Major Spoilers. July 3, 2012. Archived from the original on August 6, 2013. Retrieved August 31, 2013.

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