Award-winning journalist Gwen Florio turned to fiction in 2013 with the publication of her first novel, Montana, which won the Pinckley Prize for crime fiction and a High Plains Book Award, and was a finalist for an International Thriller Award. Four more novels in her Lola Wicks crime series, termed "gutsy" by the New York Times, followed. Silent Hearts, a standalone set in Afghanistan, was released in 2018. She now writes the Nora Best series (Severn House). The Truth of It All (Crooked Lane) is the first in a series featuring public defender Julia Geary. Florio lives in Missoula.