Contributing editor to the Arkansas Times and past Arkansas Journalist of the Year, Mara has reported for almost three decades on police, courts and prisons. She has written three nonfiction books about crime and public corruption and she is working on a fourth – the third book in the Justice Knot trilogy about the West Memphis Three.
The Boys on the Tracks (1998, St. Martin’s Press) is about murder and prosecutorial corruption in Saline County. Devil’s Knot (2002, Atria) is about the deeply problematic trials of the teenagers who became known as the West Memphis Three. Dark Spell (Bird Call Press) is about Jason Baldwin’s post-conviction ordeal. The first two of these were awarded Arkansas’s prestigious Booker Worthen Prize. In addition to her outstanding investigative reporting, she also works for the Center for Prosecutor Integrity as director of the Wrongful Convictions Academy.