A former homeless junkie, Joe Clifford has dedicated his life to education and the craft of writing. He is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University and holds an MFA degree from Florida International University. He is the acquisitions editor for Gutter Books and the producer of Lip Service West, a gritty reading series in Oakland, California. Clifford is the author of several acclaimed books—four of which have been nominated for an Anthony Award: Lamentation, his first novel in the Jay Porter series; Give Up the Dead, the third in the series; and his anthologies (editor) Trouble in the Heartland and Just to Watch Them Die. Broken Ground is the fourth novel in his Jay Porter series. In all his Jay Porter novels, Clifford uses the backdrop of drug abuse to shine a light on the misunderstood and marginalized, while weaving personal tragedies into narratives that compel and transcend as well as entertain. Clifford lives with his wife, Justine, and two sons in the San Francisco Bay Area.