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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 Road to Paradise - Coming in November

Road to Paradise - Coming in November By Max Allan Collins

Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Max Allan Collins brings his acclaimed and unforgettable Perdition saga to a breathtaking conclusion. It's 1973, and Michael is on the road with his 16-yedar-old daughter, his life-long struggle for redemption at odds with his thirst for revenge.

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Author The Soak - Audiobook

The Soak - Audiobook By Patrick McLean

The audiobook edition of Patrick McLean's thriller -- read by the author.

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Author The Preacher: Aces & Eights

The Preacher: Aces & Eights 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 The Soak

The Soak By Patrick McLean

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

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Featured Video

Learn to Think Like a Thief...part 1

THE SOAK author Patrick McLean introduces you to Hobbs, a professional thief, and some of the skills he uses to chase one last, big score into the eye of a Florida hurricane. It begins with the Amnesia Dodge.
"Richard Stark fans will relish heistmeister Hobbs in this well-plotted tale of robbery, murder and revenge." Publishers Weekly

From The Blog

Max Allan Collins: The Grandmaster Speaketh

(In my Edgar speech) I did manage to talk about the three key mentors of my early professional career – two of whom were MWA Grand Masters themselves, Donald E. Westlake and Mickey Spillane. I mentioned that Don had given his blessing when Bait Money sold, and generated sequels, even though they were outrageously imitative of his work. And I shared some writing advice Mickey gave me – “Take your wallet out of your back pocket before you sit down to write.” To which I said to Mickey, “Mick, I’m pretty sure your wallet is fatter than mine.”

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Patrick E. McLean: The Lure of the Heist

Faulkner said that all great stories are about the same thing, “The human heart in conflict with itself.” Crime novels (and especially heist stories) have this baked in. At the most basic level, stealing or not stealing something is a conflict between fear and greed. And even if you get away with it, the conflict can easily become a person at war with their own conscience.

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Max Allan Collins: Traveling the Long, Winding road to PURGATORY

With the “Road to Perdition” movie in production, and having written the novelization (even if it was published in a truncated form…until just lately), I thought writing prose sequels, as opposed to graphic novel ones, made the most sense.

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Max Allan Collins: The Long Road to the ROAD TO PERDITION

Perhaps you’ve read the graphic novel and don’t see the point in revisiting this story, particularly if you’ve seen the movie. Or maybe you read the previously published version and figure that, even though it’s 30,000 words shorter, you’ve already experienced this story in prose. The new Road to Perdition novel (and it’s “new” despite having been written in 2001) is not just 30,000 words longer – it’s a different novel entirely. To explain, I have to revisit the painful experience of writing it…

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Phillip Thompson: Writing vs. Editing

There’s an old saying that it’s easier to edit than it is to write, but I’m not sure I’m all in on that. Especially when you’re writing long form fiction.

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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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