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Jonathan Woods, a Key West resident, holds degrees from McGill University, New England School of Law and New York University School of Law and for many years practiced law for a multi-national high-tech company.
He studied writing at Southern Methodist University and at Bread Loaf, Sewanee, Zoetrope: All-Story and other writers conferences. His collection of noir crime stories Bad Juju & Other Tales of Madness and Mayhem (New Pulp Press: 2010) was a featured book at the 2010 Texas Book Festival and won a 2011 Spinetingler Award for Best Crime Short Story Collection.
“The product of a truly twisted mind, and I mean that in the nicest way,” quipped Ben Fountain, PEN/Hemingway Award winning author of Brief Encounters With Che Guevara. “Hallucinatory, hilarious, imaginative noir,” wrote the editors of New York Magazine. “Bad Juju delivers a dance of life and death that soars and plummets like Fred Astaire on methamphetamine,” said Booklist. Jonathan’s new crime novel A Death in Mexico has just been published by New Pulp Press. “Brutal as the kick of raw mescal…powerful,” wrote Publishers Weekly.
“A great and telling ride south of the border into madness and mayhem. I loved it,” said best-selling crime novelist Michael Connelly, author of the Harry Bosch crime novels and The Lincoln Lawyer. “Woods tells his story in a slam-bam style reminiscent of Raymond Chandler…His writing is replete with metaphors that pepper you like bullets from a Tommy gun,” wrote Shirrel Rhoades in Solares Hill Magazine, The Key West Citizen. When not writing, Jonathan hangs out with his spouse, the artist Dahlia Woods, and a eleven-pound Shi Tzu named Mr. Sweet Pea