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Stephan Talty

Stephan Talty (born c.1960) is an Irish American journalist and author born in New York to parents from County Clare. He is famous for creating the character of Abbie Kearney, a fictional female detective who pursues serial killers in Buffalo, New York.[1]



Talty attended Bishop Timon High School in New York and Amherst College in Massachusetts, before finding employment as a journalist with the Miami Herald. During the 1990s, he went freelance in Dublin and New York, and contributed articles for the New York Times Magazine, GQ, Playboy, the Irish Times, and the Chicago Review.

In addition to writing detective fiction, Talty has written several nonfiction books on crime and American history. He created the screenplay for Captain Phillips, and The Black Hand, a novelisation about the killing of Italian American cop Joe Petrosino in 1909.[2]

In 2013 Captain Phillips's thriller movie,was released in US, directed by Paul Greengrass and starring Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi. The screenplay by Billy Ray was based on the 2010 book "A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy Seals, and Dangerous Days at Sea" by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty as co-writer.

In 2017, Paramount pictures announced that they had acquired the movie rights to Talty's upcoming novel The Black Hand.[3] Leonardo DiCaprio will star as Petrosino, and the film will be due for release in 2018.[4]