New York Times best-selling author Lewis Perdue was born (1949) in the Mississippi Delta and is the author of 21 published books which have sold more than 4 million copies. He worked as a newspaper reporter and photographer to put himself through college where he studied math, physics and biology. Perdue writes fact-based "investigative thrillers" whose plots are usually wrapped around science, little-known historical events or both.
His most recent novel is Die By Wire. He is currently working on a thriller which addresses Islam with the same intensive ,factual research and scrutiny as he did for Christianity in his bestseller, Daughter of God (which, without permission, formed the core of The Da Vinci Code).
Lew's previous thriller, Perfect Killer, is partly autobiographical and has received critical acclaim for its portrayal of life in Mississippi and The Delta as told from the standpoint of a member of an aristocratic, plantation owning family. He was kicked out of Ole Miss in 1967 for leading a civil rights march (some called it a riot).
A complete list of his books can be found here on Amazon and at LewisPerdue.com.
Lew has taught journalism at UCLA and Cornell, founded four companies including a wine company a magazine and two technology firms and been a top aide to a U.S. Senator and a governor. Along his ADHD-and adrenaline-fueled life, he's run political races for Congress, worked as a Washington correspondent (Ottaway/Dow-Jones, States News Service), a columnist for Gannett, The Wall Street Journal Online, CBS Marketwatch and TheStreet.Com. Somehow he managed to get his B.S. (1972) with distinction from Cornell.