David Lida is the author of four books, including First Stop in the New World, a street-level panorama of contemporary Mexico City that received favorable reviews from The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Chicago Tribune, and was chosen as one of the best books of the year by The San Francisco Chronicle. Las llaves de la ciudad, which Lida wrote in Spanish, a language he learned as an adult, was chosen by Críticas magazine one of the year’s best books. Lida’s first book, Travel Advisory, is a collection of short stories set in Mexico, and was selected by Barnes & Nobles’ Discover Great New Writers Program. Lida conducts investigations for lawyers who defend undocumented Mexicans and other Latin Americans who are in jail in the U.S.A. facing charges of capital murder and the possibility of the death penalty. His novel One Life is based on his own experiences as a mitigation specialist.