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We publish the best crime novels in existence. A brash claim? You bet it is. But our award-winning, critically acclaimed authors prove it with each and every one of their amazing books.

We’ve got it all: psychological thrillers, murder mysteries, international espionage, and police procedurals from established masters of the craft – as well as premiere books from new voices who are sure to become crime fiction stars.

Life is short – don’t waste your time on bad books. Browse through our fantastic library of unmissable mysteries, terrific thrillers and compelling crime novels – then pick up one of the best books you’ll ever read.

Latest Additions

Author The Preacher: Aces & Eights - Coming in May 2017

The Preacher: Aces & Eights - Coming in May 2017 By Ted Thackrey

The Preacher gambles for an atomic bomb...and the fate of Las Vegas hangs in the balance.

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Author Koreatown Blues - Coming in February 2017

Koreatown Blues - Coming in February 2017 By Mark Rogers

When a young man buys a car wash in LA's Koreatown, he gets a young Korean wife he's never met as part of the bargain and plunges into a centuries old blood feud.

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Author Road to Purgatory: Coming in February 2017

Road to Purgatory: Coming in February 2017 By Max Allan Collins

The brilliant sequel to Road to Perdition, Max Allan Collins’ masterpiece of crime fiction that became both a literary and cinematic classic. Michael O'Sullivan returns from WWII and infiltrates the mob to avenge his family from within.

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Author The Soak - Coming in May 2017

The Soak - Coming in May 2017 By Patrick McLean

An aging, professional thief who chases one last, big score into the eye of a Florida hurricane.

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Outside the Law

OUTSIDE THE LAW by Phillip Thompson. Colt Harper is the Sheriff in a rural Mississippi county who goes up against a Memphis drug cartel and their cold-blooded assassin and will do whatever it take to get justice...even if it means going outside the law.

From The Blog

Phillip Thompson: Staying Organized

I use a variety of methods to stay mentally and physically focused while I’m trying to write a novel, and this is important to me because I don’t spend all day writing. I may go days without being able to sit down with the characters, and I need to be able to jump right back in whenever I do. So, one of the big challenges for me during the writing of Outside the Law was staying organized for the long haul. Both physically and mentally.

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Mark Rogers: Writing “KOREATOWN BLUES”

It was bad enough that in 2007, at the age of 55, I tore up roots and moved from the east coast to Los Angeles, to carve out a career as a screenwriter. I upped the fish-out-of-water ante by choosing to live in an ethnic enclave—Koreatown. On arrival I found myself in a neighborhood where I not only couldn’t speak the language—I couldn’t even decipher the store signs. I was an outsider, which isn’t a bad situation for a writer.

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Phillip Thompson: Writing “Outside the Law”

Like a lot of writers I know, I started out with a grand idea and a lot of words clogging up my head, and so I embarked on the tale in December 2013. I cranked out nearly 10,000 words over a holiday vacation week and felt pretty good about where I was headed.

Then reality set in. Ten thousand words is a commitment — once I’m into it that deep, I have to finish it.

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Max Allan Collins on Being a Grand Master

I’ve been reflecting on the Grand Master this past week, the only troubling aspect of which is that it’s a reminder that a long career preceded it, and that the remainder of that career will be much shorter. Life achievement awards are something people try to give you while you’re not dead. So that part of it is sobering.

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Max Allan Collins is named Grandmaster, The Highest Honor in Mystery Writing

We’re delighted to announce that The Mystery Writers of America has named Max Allan Collins a Grandmaster — the pinnacle of achievement in mystery writing. The award honors his important contributions to the genre as well as for a stellar body of work that is, as they put it, “both significant and of consistent high quality.” We couldn’t agree more!

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Collins on QUARRY: The Author Reviews His TV Series

I get e-mails and comments from some readers bemoaning that the show isn’t like the books, and in some cases I have been criticized for essentially selling out, letting a bunch of Hollywood punks run roughshod over my creation. Well, first of all, if somebody wants to give me money to make a movie or TV show out of my stuff, and the price is right, they can star a sock monkey and set the show on Venus for all I care. As James M. Cain said (slightly paraphrasing here), “Hollywood hasn’t done anything to my books – they’re right here on the shelf.”

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Writing MILICENT LE SUEUR: Born on a Zipity Do Dah Morning

I love Milicent LeSueur. I spent several happy months with her exploring boundaries, being surprised by her twists and turns, and wondering “where in the world” that thought or scene came from to the point where I began to worry about myself.

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A Glowing Review For MILICENT LE SUEUR

We’re delighted to share Publishers Weekly’s glowing review for our new edition of Margaret Moseley’s MILICENT LE SUEUR, which we’re publishing on November 1st.

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