Dick Lehr is a professor of journalism at Boston University. For nearly two decades, he was a reporter at the Boston Globe, where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in investigative reporting and won numerous regional and national journalism awards. He served as the Globe’s legal affairs reporter, magazine and feature writer, and as a longtime member of the newspaper’s investigative reporting unit, the Spotlight Team. Before that, Lehr, who is also an attorney, was a reporter at the Hartford Courant. Lehr is the author of The Fence: A Police Cover-up Along Boston’s Racial Divide, a nonfiction narrative about the worst known case of police brutality in Boston, which was named an Edgar Award Finalist for best nonfiction. He is coauthor, with Gerard O’Neill, of Black Mass, a New York Times bestseller and Edgar Award Winner about Boston crime boss Whitey Bulger that was made into a film starring Johnny Depp. That book’s sequel, Whitey: The Life of America’s Most Notorious Mob Boss, was released in 2013. His most recent book is The Birth of a Movement: How Birth of a Nation Ignited the Battle for Civil Rights, which Booklist deemed in a starred review “a remarkable look at the power of mass media and the nascent civil rights movement at a pivotal time in American history.” The book was adapted into a PBS documentary that aired on the network’s primetime show, Independent Lens, in February 2017. Trell is Dick Lehr’s debut young adult novel. He lives outside Boston with his wife and four children.