Tim O'Mara, author Sacrifice Fly and Crooked Numbers
Tim O'Mara author of Sacrifice Fly and Crooked Numbers
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  Praise for Sacrifice Fly and Crooked Numbers

“Tim O’Mara hit what many declared a long ball with his debut novel, Sacrifice Fly. He might be on a streak given his second, Crooked Numbers. Protagonist Raymond Donne displays an identifiable swing — damaged cop turned schoolteacher can’t help but get involved…[amidst] the glorious and squalid backdrop that is New York City.” — Criminal Element


Starred and Boxed Review
Publisher's Weekly

4-Star Review
RT Book Reviews

Best of 2013 
Aunt Agatha’s Mystery Bookstore

2013 Dozen Authors
to Watch and Read

Oline Cogdill

Pick of the Month
Mystery People, Austin, TX

Must Reads
My Bookish Ways


2013 Barry Award
“Best First Novel” Nomination

Fave Raves of 2012
Mystery Scene Magazine

Favorite Reads of 2012

Deadly Pleasures Magazine

Best of 2012
Aunt Agatha’s Mystery Bookstore

Required Reading column
New York Post

Staff Selection
Book People, Austin, Texas

Tim O’Mara has been teaching math and special education in the New York City
public schools since 1987. He has written several short stories, and his second
Raymond Donne mystery, Crooked Numbers (Minotaur Books/St. Martin's Press),
hit bookstores October 15, 2013.

O’Mara’s top-selling debut mystery, Sacrifice Fly (Minotaur, October 16, 2012),
was nominated for the 2013 “Best First Novel” Barry Award. The novel introduced
the series hero Raymond Donne, a Brooklyn public schoolteacher who was
once an up-and-coming police officer until a tragic accident destroyed his
knees and the future he envisioned on the force.

O’Mara was inspired to create the character of Raymond Donne after making home
visits while a schoolteacher in a disadvantaged section of the Williamsburg neighborhood in Brooklyn. Further moved by his many interactions with the Youth Officers of the NYPD while he served as a middle school dean — and his brother’s stories as a police sergeant over the years — O’Mara believed that a character with experience in both worlds would make a great protagonist.

For the past 13 years, he has hosted and co-produced a bi-weekly reading series of
poetry and prose in New York’s East Village with We Three Productions. He lives with
his family in Manhattan, where he currently teaches in a public middle school, and
is a proud member of Mystery Writers of America, Crime Writers of America,
International Thriller Writers, and several teacher unions.

O’Mara's third Raymond Donne mystery, Dead Red, will be released by St. Martin's/Minotaur Books in early 2015. He is currently writing Smoked, a crime e-novella available for sale eventually at Bookxy.com, for Stark Raving Group, "a shameless purveyor of titillating short novels at ridiculously low prices."

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