Ed Goldberg was born in The Bronx, New York in 1943.
After dropping out of college in 1962, he attempted to do stand-up comedy, unsuccessfully. He wrote for a few of the underground papers in New York.
He moved to Washington, DC, 1973, became a technical writer, and wrote features and reviews for a monthly arts and entertainment paper.
In 1991, he moved to Portland, Oregon and finished Served Cold, winner of the 1995 Shamus Award for best original paperback fiction.