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Francine Mathews Francine Mathews was born in Binghamton, NY in 1963, the last of six girls. Her father was a retired general in the Air Force, her mother a beautiful woman who loved to dance. The family spent their summers on Cape Cod, where two of the Barron girls now live with their families; Francine's passion for Nantucket and the New England shoreline dates from her earliest memories. She grew up in Washington, D.C., and attended Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, a two hundred year-old Catholic school for girls that shares a wall with Georgetown University. Her father died of a heart attack during her freshman year.

In 1981, she started college at Princeton"one of the most formative experiences of her life. There she fenced for the club varsity team and learned to write news stories for The Daily Princetonian"a hobby that led to two part-time jobs as a journalist for The Miami Herald and The San Jose Mercury News. Francine majored in European History, studying Napoleonic France, and won an Arthur W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship in the Humanities in her senior year. But the course she remembers most vividly from her time at Princeton is "The Literature of Fact," taught by John McPhee, the Pulitzer Prize winning author and staff writer for The New Yorker. John influenced Francine's writing more than even she knows and certainly more than she is able to say. If there were an altar erected to the man in Colorado, she'd place offerings there daily. He's her personal god of craft.

Francine spent three years at Stanford pursuing a doctorate in history; she failed to write her dissertation (on the Brazilian Bar Association under authoritarianism; can you blame her?) and left with a Masters. She applied to the CIA, spent a year temping in Northern Virginia while the FBI asked inconvenient questions of everyone she had ever known, passed a polygraph test on her twenty-sixth birthday, and was immediately thrown into the Career Trainee program: Boot Camp for the Agency's Best and Brightest. Four years as an intelligence analyst at the CIA were profoundly fulfilling, the highlights being Francine's work on the Counterterrorism Center's investigation into the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988, and sleeping on a horsehair mattress in a Spectre-era casino in the middle of Bratislava. Another peak moment was her chance to debrief ex-President George Bush in Houston in 1993. But what she remembers most about the place are the extraordinary intelligence and dedication of most of the staff"many of them women"many of whom cannot be named.

She wrote her first book in 1992 and left the Agency a year later. More than twenty books have followed, along with sundry children, dogs, and houses. When she's not writing, she likes to ski, garden, needlepoint, and buy art.

Her website: www.francinemathews.com

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Too Bad to Die
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Too Bad to Die by Francine Mathews

The Alibi Club
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The Alibi Club by Francine Mathews

Blown
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Blown by Francine Mathews

The Cutout
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The Cutout by Francine Mathews

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Alibi Club | Mathews, Francine | Signed First Edition Book Mathews, Francine | Alibi Club | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book. 2006 NY:  Bantam.  First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by the author. Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Blown | Mathews, Francine | Signed First Edition Book Mathews, Francine | Blown | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book. 2005 NY: Bantam  First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by the author. Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Cut Out, The | Mathews, Francine | Signed First Edition Book Mathews, Francine | Cut Out, The | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book. First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by the author. Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.  2001 NY: Bantam

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Jack 1939 | Mathews, Francine | Signed First Edition Book Mathews, Francine | Jack 1939 | Signed First Edition Copy

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Secret Agent, The | Mathews, Francine | Signed First Edition Book Mathews, Francine | Secret Agent, The | Signed First Edition Copy

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Too Bad to Die | Mathews, Francine | Signed First Edition Book Mathews, Francine | Too Bad to Die | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book. March 2015 NY: Penguin  First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by the author. Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Francine Mathews Bibliography


Spy Novels
  • The Secret Agent - 2002
  • The Cutout - 2001
  • Blown (sequel to The Cutout) - 2005
  • The Alibi Club - 2006

Standalones
  • Jack 1939 - 2012
  • Too Bad to Die - March 2015

Mysteries
  • Death in the Off-Season - 1994
  • Death in Rough Water - 1995
  • Death in a Mood Indigo - 1997
  • Death in a Cold Hard Light - 1998

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