Martin Jay Weiss


Creates the ultimate transparency app, Stalker, to expose everyone’s secrets and lies.

MARTIN JAY WEISS  is an award-winning filmmaker who has written, directed and produced a vast anthology of commercials, films, and television projects. He has a BS in Journalism from the University of Illinois and an MFA in Film from New York University. Born and raised in Chicago, he now lives in California with his wife and two children.

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The Second Son (2018)

Flamingo Coast (2019)

Biggest literary influencers:

Dennis Lehane, Harlan Coben, Nelson DeMille, Lee Child, David Baldacci, John Grisham, Gillian Flynn, Scott Turow, Brad Meltzer, Daniel Silva, Stieg Larsson, Ken Follett, Paul Auster, Peter Mayle, Robert Ludlum, Michael Chabon, James Ellroy, Elmore Leonard…

Last book read:

An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

Your favorite literary character:

Jack Reacher is such a phenomenal character that he’s sustained 20-some novels and never gets stale. His personal ethics and wandering lifestyle get him into the most sensational situations, and the clever–often brutal–ways he navigates through them makes every adventure epic.

Currently working on:

The working title of my next novel is Unmanned. Logline: A man sees a Snapchat video of his wife one year after her suicide, convincing him that she’s still alive. As he tries to figure out how she faked her death, and why, he becomes the primary suspect in her murder.

Words to live by:

“Characters don’t change, they reveal themselves.”

Advice to new and aspiring authors:

Read a lot. Write a lot. And don’t give up.

Articles about the author:



“A complicated tale told with deceptively simple ease.  Clever in plot, exciting in execution, and tinged with mystery.  What more could you want from a thriller?” 

Steve BerryNew York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of the Cotton Malone thrillers

“Loved it! Flamingo Coast is a clever, fast-paced thriller that features ex-IRS Special Agent Jennifer Morton as she digs into the sordid world of white-collar crimes, only to discover that her pursuit is much more personal, and dangerous, than she could ever have imagined. Highly recommended.”

DP LyleUSA Today bestselling and award-winning author of the Jake Longly thrillers

“Flamingo Coast is a bold, bracing and blisteringly original tale that bristles with energy. Equal parts revenge and redemption,Martin Jay Weiss effortlessly blends the best of Nelson DeMille and Lisa Gardner.”

Jon LandUSA Today bestselling author of 25 novels and the new Murder, She Wrote book series

“I loved Flamingo Coast. A fun, fast-paced ride through the dark, mysterious world of off-shore banking that will draw readers in from the very first page.” 

Cristina Alger, author of the bestselling International thriller The Banker’s Wife

“Weiss has written a captivating financial thriller that packs a punch, starring a heroine—Jennifer Morton—who delivers a mean uppercut.”

Steve P. VincentUSA Today bestselling author of The Omega Strain

“A buzzsaw of a thriller! Weiss grabs you from the very first sentence and doesn’t let you breathe again till he throws you into the thunderous climax. If you like novels with gusto, pizzazz, riveting characters, and fine writing, you’ll love Flamingo Coast!”
Shane Gericke, bestselling author of The Fury

“Weiss’s fearless female protagonist Jennifer Morton, exposes global corruption in a breathless, cinematic page turner I couldn’t put down!”

Carrie Smith, award-winning author of the Claire Codella mysteries


“The Second Son is that rare novel that hooks with the first line and never let’s go. One of the best thrillers of the year!”

— John Gilstrap, New York Times bestselling author of the Jonathan Grave thrillers

“Second Son’s cutting-edge thrill ride through Silicon Valley spawns from a spiderweb of dark family secrets.  Weiss’ story is strikingly original, artfully mixing classic mystery themes with modern technology.  A must-read for thriller fans.”

K.J. Howe, Internationally bestselling Author of The Freedom Broker and Skyjack  

“Abounding with crackling dialogue, sharply drawn characters, and rich backstory, The Second Son delivers an intricate mystery that demands to be savored.” Weiss is an author to watch!”

— Boyd Morrison, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Shadow Tyrants, Typhoon Fury, and The Emperor’s Revenge, Piranha (The Oregon Files)

“A techno thriller with a heart of gold, Weiss delivers more twists than Highway 1 through Big Sur. The fast-paced plot and interesting cast of characters make ‘The Second Son’ the perfect beach read.”
— S.W. Lauden, author of the Greg Salem punk rock P.I. series

“A riveting, cleverly plotted thriller for the modern age, The Second Son combines action, intrigue and romance against the vivid backdrop of colorful California culture. Readers will keep turning the pages late into the night.” 

A. J. Banner, USA Today bestselling author of After Nightfall, The Twilight Wife, and The Good Neighbor