Dary Matera's books and subjects have been
featured on 20/20, 60 Minutes, 48 Hours,
Primetime Live, Larry King Live, Nightline,
Expose, Donahue, Oprah, Regis and Kathy
Lee, Good Morning America, A Current Affair,
Inside Edition, The E True Hollywood Story, Unsolved
Mysteries, Hollywood Insider, PM Magazine and
Personalities among others. They have been reviewed and
featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street
Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington
Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Atlanta Journal/Constitution,
The Miami Herald, Newsweek, Time, People
magazine, Life, Satellite Orbit, Editor &
Publisher, The American Bar Journal, The Library
Journal, Publisher's Weekly, Kirkus Reviews,
Tribune Newspapers and many additional newspapers
Matera's first mass market, non-fiction book,
ARE YOU LONESOME TONIGHT? (Random House/Villard) was a
New York Times best seller in both hardcover (1987) and
paperback (1988, Berkley). More than a million copies were printed
world wide. The tender story of Elvis Presley's one true love
and the child he never knew was a Doubleday Book Club/Literary
Guild Special Bonus Selection, and was serialized in Redbook,
The National Enquirer, and leading magazines in Italy
and Germany. Foreign editions were published in England, France
(number 1 best seller), Holland, South Africa, Switzerland, Australia
and Japan. It was optioned as a four-hour television mini-series
by NBC in 1987, by Fox Television in 1994, and by CBS in 1997.
His second book, GET ME ELLIS RUBIN!
-- The Life, Times and Cases of a Maverick Lawyer, was
published in hardcover by St. Martin's Press in October 1989.
It received wide critical acclaim and was optioned by TeleCom
Communications for development as a network television series.
GET ME ELLIS RUBIN! was published in paperback by St.
Martin's Press under the title FOR THE DEFENSE in June
1991. It was optioned in 1998 for development as a television
series by Alliance Productions.
Matera's third book, QUITTING THE MOB --
How The Yuppie Don Left The Mafia And Lived to Tell His Story,
was published in hardcover by HarperCollins in February 1992.
It was optioned as a theatrical movie by Epic Productions, and
was serialized in the February 1992 edition of Cosmopolitan.
The biography of a young mobster trying to turn his back on his
inherited criminal life was featured on 48 Hours, Primetime
Live, CNBC, HBO and Today. The
paperback was published in April 1993. QUITTING THE MOB
was optioned as a four-hour mini-series by Aaron Spelling Entertainment
in 1996 and as a theatrical film by Sandbox Entertainment in
His fourth book, WHAT'S IN IT FOR ME?
-- How an Ex-Wiseguy Exposed the Greed, Jealousy, and Lust
That Drive American Politics, was published in hardcover
by HarperCollins in July 1992. It was featured on Larry King
Live and received favorable reviews in the New York Times
and Wall Street Journal. Motion picture rights were secured
by Imagination Communications, Barbour/Langley Productions, and
Sheldon Post Productions (1996), Orly Adelson Productions (1996),
and Poguefilm Incorporated in 1998. The paperback was published
by HarperCollins in September 1993.
Matera's fifth book and first novel, a thriller
entitled STRIKE MIDNIGHT, was published by Vine Books
in 1994. It was picked up by the Crossing Book Club (Doubleday)
and was optioned by Paradise Valley Productions, Inc. in 1995.
His sixth book, ANGELS OF EMERGENCY
-- Rescue Stories From America's Paramedics and EMTs,
was published by HarperCollins in July 1996.
Matera's seventh book, THE PENA FILES
-- Dramatic Cases From The World's Top PI, was published
by Regan Books (HarperCollins) in August 1996. It was immediately
optioned by Fox Television for a movie and television series.
Option renewed in 1997. Optioned in 2001 by Touchstone Pictures
His eighth book, AMONG GRIZZLIES, (ghosted)
was published by HarperCollins in Spring 1997. Matera's ninth
book, TAMING THE BEAST -- Charles Manson's Crazed Life
Behind Bars, was published by St. Martin's Press in April
1998. It was optioned pre-publication by Once Upon A Time Productions
and is currently in development at HBO. The paperback came out
in June 1999.
Dary Matera's tenth book, CHILDLIGHT --
How Children Reach Out to Their Parents From the Beyond,
was published by New Horizon Press in Spring, 2001. It was featured
on "Unsolved Mysteries" among other shows. His eleventh
book, A Cry For Character -- How a Group of Kids Cleaned
Up Their Rowdy School and Provided the Antidote to Columbine,
was published by Prentice Hall/Penguin in Summer, 2001.
Matera's 12th book, FBI's Ten Most Wanted,
was released by HarperCollins in 2003. His 13th book, John
Dillinger: America's First Celebrity Criminal, came
out in 2004. (Carroll & Graf)
His 14th book, The Stolen Masterpiece Tracker
- Memoirs of the FBI's Leading Art Sleuth, was published
in Fall, 2006. (Barricade Books)
Matera, 50, was formerly a reporter for The
Miami News and worked as an editor in the book division of
Rodale Press, the publishers of Prevention magazine. At
Rodale, he was responsible for the writing and editing of selected
chapters in six health and fitness books with sales of more than
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