Nebraska Authors

Sean Doolittle

Doolittle grew up on a farm south of Lincoln, NE. He attended Norris High School and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His first novel, Dirt, was named to the 100 Best Books of 2001 by Amazon.com. His 2012 Lake Country won the 2013 International Thriller Writers Award (Best Paperback Original). His work has garnered excellent reviews from other distinguished crime, mystery, and thriller writers. He plays golf and talks about writing with Omaha writer John Rector. He occasionally updates his website.

Places Lived

Roca, NE
Lincoln, NE
Omaha, NE
Council Bluffs, IA

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction


Crime; Mysteries


Norris High School, 1989
Bachelor of Arts in English, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing, 1994, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE


Technical Writer

Places Worked

First Data, Omaha, NE


John H. Ames Reading Series, Featured Reader, 17 April 2008
Nebraska 150 Books honor for Rain Dogs, 2017
Mari Sandoz Prize for Graduate Fiction, 1994
Amazon.com Editor's Choice, Best 100 books of 2001
Gold Medal, Mystery Category, Forewords Magazine
Book of the Year, 2003, Crimespree Magazine
Favorite Book of the Year, 2006, Spinetingler Magazine
Barry Award, Best Paperback Original, 2007
Nebraska Book Award, Honor Book, 2007


Dirt. 2001.
Burn. 2003.
Rain Dogs. 2006.
The Cleanup. 2006.
Safer. 2009.
Lake Country. 2012.
In April 2008, Sean Doolittle was the featured speaker at the John H. Ames Reading Series in the Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors:

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