About Emory Cosgrove
‘Emory Cosgrove’ is the pen name of Edward Harter, a native of California.
Harter completed his military service in 1963 and subsequently earned a Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Illinois. He was a professor of philosophy from 1970 to 1982, then a professor of computer science from 1982 to 1987. In 1987, he escaped from academia and went to work for a major aerospace company in Seattle, Washington. He retired from fulltime employment in 2009.
Throughout his varied career, Harter has been intrigued by crime fiction and the work of such writers as Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain, Raymond Chandler, and Ruth Rendell. These writers use the medium of crime fiction to explore the best qualities of good people and the worst qualities of bad people. And some people really are bad.
Crime fiction ought to deal with people as they are, during a stretch of fictional time, not how they became what they are, or what they might become in some alternate setting. How people became what they are is a subject for psychiatrists and social psychologists, not crime writers. When crime writers assume the role or psychiatrist or social psychologist, the focus blurs and the wheels come loose.
In the 1990s, Harter published two computer science textbooks and co-authored several articles in technical journals. Since his retirement, he has produced six crime novels under the name ‘Emory Cosgrove’: Sweetie and the Stranger, Taking Names, The Big Sister, Dead Men Don’t Cry, By Any Other Name, and Bad Dads. His fourth novel, Dead Men Don’t Cry, is currently under consideration for the Royal Dragonfly award from Story Monsters magazine.
Harter and his wife, Shirley, live in Arizona with their two pampered dogs, Bernice and Ziva.