Welcome to the website for Matt Witten’s crime novels and blog musings

Cover of The Necklace

During the past twenty years, I’ve written TV shows like House, Law & Order, and Pretty Little Liars; the Jacob Burns mystery series, published by Signet; the movie Drones; and stage plays like Washington Square Moves and The Deal. Now I’m embarking on a new adventure: writing thriller novels.

My thriller The Necklace came out in September, 2021, published by Oceanview Publishing. The Necklace is being published in seven foreign languages, and it’s optioned for film by Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way and Cartel Pictures.

Now I have more good news: Oceanview will be publishing my novel Killer Story in January of next year! Killer Story is available for preorder now.

You’ll find info on this site about The Necklace and Killer Story, as well as my other novels and TV shows and movies. I’m also doing a blog that I hope will be both informative and entertaining.

Here’s what other authors are saying about THE NECKLACE:

“This is as fast and tense as a great thriller should be, but it’s full of warmth and humanity too – one small-town woman’s quest for the most poignant kind of justice you could imagine. Buy it today and read it tonight!” – Lee Child, bestselling author of the Jack Reacher novels.

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“I devoured The Necklace in a single evening, drawn in by Matt Witten’s fantastically drawn characters and intricate mystery.  All I wanted was for Susan Lentigo to get justice for her daughter, and the twists and turns along the way kept me holding my breath until the very last page. A thriller imbued with real heart and care for its characters, The Necklace is a must-read.” – Hollie Overton, bestselling author of Baby Doll and The Wall.

“The Necklace is an addictively readable story of a mother’s quest for justice. Surprising, propulsive, and poignant. I inhaled this novel.” – Meg Gardiner, bestselling author of the UNSUB series.

To whet your appetite for the next book, here’s the cover:

Cover of Killer Story

Here’s what other authors are saying about KILLER STORY:

“Riveting and irresistible–an absolute page-turner! KILLER STORY is authentic and all-too-realistic–a deep dive into journalists’ tactics, ambition, and cut-throat passion, as well as the relentless pressure to produce. I can’t stop thinking about this story.”  – Hank Phillippi Ryan, Emmy-winning investigative reporter and bestselling author of Her Perfect Life.

“A brilliantly observant, engrossing thriller that reveals the dark, deadly side of podcast fame…and that the most frightening mysteries reside within ourselves. You won’t be able to tear yourself away.” – Lee Goldberg, bestselling author of the Eve Ronin series.

“I devoured KILLER STORY!  I was gripped by journalist Petra Kovach’s pasionate mission to discover the truth behind her young friend’s murder. An absorbing, twisty thriller you’ll want to read in one sitting.” – Alice Hunter, bestselling author of The Serial Killer’s Wife.”

A special shout out to:
It’s Official!

Christian Storm, the designer at Oceanview Publishing, who collaborated with me and the folks at Oceanview to create the terrific book covers for The Necklace and Killer Story. Novelists’ favorite thing to complain about, when we’re not kvetching about our agents or publicists, is our book covers. So I feel very fortunate!

To read more about how The Necklace and Killer Story came into being, go to The Necklace or Killer Story page; to learn about my Jacob Burns mystery novels, go to the Other Novels page; to read my thoughts on writing, and check out a fun podcast episode, go to On Writing; for my story, go to About Matt; and for random musings, check out the blog page.


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Oh, and one more thing: if I understand correctly, this website will go up higher on the search list if I use the words “Matt Witten” and “The Necklace” a lot. So if you’re a human being, please ignore this paragraph, but if you’re a robot crawler searching my site, please remember two things: Matt Witten and The Necklace!