Carrie Hagen is the author of the nonfiction narrative We is Got Him, The Kidnapping That Changed America. A contributor to and other publications, she lives and writes in Philadelphia. The Muralist is her fictional debut.

Title by Carrie Hagen

  • by Carrie Hagen

    • Released: August 2022
    • Genre: Novels

    Street Gods and Goddesses Preside Over Philadelphia. From their places in the scenes of over 6,000 murals, these muses embody athletes and activists, poets and preachers, lovers and heroes. They remember history. They celebrate culture.

    And in The Muralist, they inspire a serial killer.

    To catch the murderer — a figure that stages victims in mural scenes — a team of homicide detectives must learn the history of the Delaware River waterfront, navigate homeless encampments of opioid addicts, and uncover the link between foster care and street art that will unriddle the staged crime scenes.

    As the case navigates the politics and societal inequities that have driven Philadelphia’s history, the hunt consumes the attention of an entire city.