Patrick Oster


     Since I wrote “The Mexicans” more than 20 years ago, I’ve had the idea of turning the things I saw as a journalist into novels. I spent 10 years in Washington, covering the Supreme Court, the White House, the State Department and the CIA. I followed with ten years overseas in Latin America and Europe, traveling during those two decades to dozens of countries from the Soviet Union during the Cold War to Argentina to report on the aftermath of the dirty war. I reported on the fall of the Berlin Wall and experienced the twin earthquakes in Mexico City that killed 30,000. After the Cold War ended, I turned to the new big story: business and the international economy. Later I wound up back where I had started: a lawyer covering the law. My last assignment put me in touch with the rogues and rascals who populated the headlines in the 21st Century from Bernie Madoff, whose angry mistress I tracked down, to Chinese and Russian hackers who seem to have an endless interest in stealing everything stored on a hard drive. As I went to work each day, I had the enjoyment of traveling on a train line that runs along what Pete Seeger called his Golden River, the Hudson, which is how I got my idea for my first novel “The Commuter.” Click the link at the top of this page to see what that’s about. Check my blog for later books and books in progress.

    Official Website: Author of “The Commuter,” “The German Club”