Anthony Bruno was born in Orange, New Jersey. He received an undergraduate degree from Boston University and a master's degree in medieval studies from Boston College. He worked for a time as an archivist at Boston University. He wrote both fiction and non-fiction works. His fictions works included the Gibbons and Tozzi series, the Loretta Kovacs series, and Seven: The Novelization. Bad Apple was adapted into a television movie starring Chris Noth. His non-fiction works included The Seekers: A Bounty Hunter's Story, The Roppongi Stalker, and Iceman: The True Story of a Cold Blooded Killer, which was adapted into a movie starring Michael Shannon and Winona Ryder. Bruno was an executive producer of the film. He died after suffering from a cerebral hemorrhage on August 28, 2014 at the age of 61.