Thomas Mullen lives a deceptively quiet life not far from downtown Atlanta. While S.U.V.s drive by and dogs bark and the locals suspect not a thing, he commits murders, spins wildly convoluted conspiracy theories, travels through time, reinvents the past, resurrects the dead, falls in love with women of his own invention, imperils young children, unleashes plagues, wages war, saves lives, dangles participles, and invents new metaphors. Most of his sentences contain verbs.

Or, if you're looking for a more official-sounding bio, try this:

Thomas Mullen is the author of Darktown, an NPR Best Book of the Year, which has been shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Southern Book Prize, the Indies Choice Book Award, and has been nominated for two CWA Dagger Awards; The Last Town on Earth, which was named Best Debut Novel of 2006 by USA Today and was awarded the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for excellence in historical fiction; The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers; and The Revisionists. His next novel, Lightning Men, which follows the characters from Darktown two years later, was named one of the Top 10 Crime Novels of 2017 by The New York Times Book Review.

His works have been named to Year’s Best lists by The Chicago Tribune, USA Today, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Kirkus Reviews, The Onion’s A/V Club, The San Diego Union-Times, Paste Magazine, The Cleveland Plain-Dealer, and Amazon. His stories and essays have been published in GrantlandPaste, The Huffington Post, and Atlanta Magazine. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and sons.

And because he is also the person writing this, he's now going to switch to first-person narration:

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Looking for book recommendations? The best books I read in 2017 were (in alphabetical order),


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  • Once Upon A River by Bonnie Jo Campbell
  • Ill Will by Dan Chaon
  • The Long Home by William Gay
  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  • Heat & Light by Jennifer Haigh
  • Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
  • News of the World by Paulette Jiles
  • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  • Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
  • The Force, and The Cartel by Don Winslow
  • World of Trouble by Ben Winters


    • The Race Beat by Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff