South Central native Gary Phillips, in writing his tales of chicanery and malfeasance, draws on his experiences from anti-police abuse community organizing, activism in the anti-apartheid movement, being a union rep, the state director of a political action committee, and delivering dog cages. He is the writer of the acclaimed Ivan Monk series of novels, about an African-American private investigator living in Los Angeles. In addition to his other novels, novellas, and 50 short stories, Gary has edited or co-edited several anthologies, including The Cocaine Chronicles, the bestselling Orange County Noir, and the upcoming 44 Caliber Funk. His graphic novels The Rinse, about a money launderer, and Angeltown, about a private eye, are being developed for television. Gary is chair of the Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color grant committee, awarded by the Sisters in Crime organization, and is the past-president of the Private Eye Writers of America.