“Harm and Hammer” by Joseph D’Agnese

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About the Author
In a career spanning more than twenty years, Joseph D'Agnese has been honored with awards in three vastly different areas—science journalism, children's literature, and mystery fiction. His science writing, which has appeared in Discover, Seed and Wired, was twice named to the annual anthology, Best American Science Writing (HarperCollins). His children's book about the Fibonacci Sequence, Blockhead: The Life of Fibonacci (Henry Holt), was an honoree for the Mathical Book Prize—the first-ever prize for math-themed children's books. His crime fiction has appeared in or sold to Shotgun Honey, Beat to a Pulp, Plots With Guns, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine, and Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. One of his short stories, "Bloody Signorina," which first appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, was a 2014 finalist for the Derringer Award for mystery fiction. Another short story, "How Lil' Jimmie Beat the Big C," which first appeared in Shotgun Honey, won a 2015 Derringer Award for short mystery fiction. A third story, "Harm and Hammer," which first appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, was selected by author James Patterson for inclusion in the prestigious anthology, Best American Mystery Stories 2015. D'Agnese is probably best known for three books—on vastly different topics. The first is a book about the signers of the Declaration of Independence (Signing Their Lives Away: The Fame & Misfortune of the Men Who Signed the Declaration of Independence, published by Quirk Books). The second is a personal finance book for freelancers and independent workers (The Money Book for Freelancers, published by Random House). The third is his delightful children's picture book about the Fibonacci Sequence. He lives in North Carolina with his wife, Denise Kiernan, the New York Times Bestselling author of The Girls of Atomic City.
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