About Jeremiah Healy

About Jeremiah Healy

Jeremiah Healy
1948 – 2014
Commemorating the life and work of Jeremiah Healy

Jeremiah Healy, a graduate of Rutgers College and Harvard Law School, was a professor at the New England School of Law for eighteen years before creating the John Francis Cuddy private-investigator series and (under the pseudonym “Terry Devane”) the Mairead O’Clare legal-thriller series, both set primarily in Boston.

Healy wrote eighteen novels and over sixty short stories, fifteen of which works won or were nominated for the Shamus Award. Healy’s later Cuddy novels included INVASION OF PRIVACY, THE ONLY GOOD LAWYER, and SPIRAL. His O’Clare books from Putnam/Berkley are UNCOMMON JUSTICE, JUROR NUMBER ELEVEN, and A STAIN UPON THE ROBE, the last optioned for feature film.

A past awards chair for the Shamus, Healy served as president of Private Eye Writers of America, as well as the International Association of Crime Writers (“IACW”), and sat on the national board of Mystery Writers of America. A sought-after speaker, Healy appeared at the Smithsonian Institution’s Literature Series, The Boston Globe Book Festival, the Sorbonne in Paris, and at conferences in England, Canada, Spain, Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic. He was toastmaster at the 1996 World Mystery Convention (Bouchercon) and the American Guest of Honour at Bouchercon 2004 in Toronto. Books of his have been translated into French, Japanese, Italian, Spanish, and German.

Healy took his own life in August of 2014, after a decades-long battle with depression.

He was truly a warrior.

Reykjavik, Iceland

High Country of North Carolina

With the International Association of CrimeWriters in Zurich