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The Brash Books family of authors has written some of the most innovative and inspiring works in the mystery and thriller genre. They’ve won awards, topped the bestseller lists, and received critical acclaim, but most importantly, they’ve written really good books. From the masters of the genre to the talented newcomers, learn more about our talented mystery writers and suspense authors at Brash Books.
Tom Ardies was a reporter and columnist for the Vancouver Sun during the 60’s, a thriller novelist in the 1970s & 80s, and an acclaimed crime writer (under the pseudonym “Jack Trolley”) in the 1990s. His spy novel Kosygin Is Coming, was adapted into the movie called Russian Roulette starring George Segal and Denholm Elliott. He died in 2020 at the age of 89.
Before CSI or NCIS, there was forensic specialist Smokey Brandon – the ex-stripper and ex-cop who cares too much in Noreen Ayres’ The Juan Doe Murders and other novels. In Smokey, Ayres has created an indelible character as sunny, multi-layered and complex as the Southern California world where her unforgettable stories of murder take place.
Boston-born Leo W. Banks worked as a reporter for years, winning more than 38 statewide, national and international journalism awards. His first novel, Double Wide, won two Spur awards from the Western Writers of America — for Best First Novel of 2018 and Best Western Contemporary Novel. True West magazine called it the Western crime novel of the year. The sequel, Champagne Cowboys, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. He lives in Arizona.
James Barry is the pseudonym of a New York Times bestselling novelist writing with a bold new voice, but with the same breathtaking plotting and relentless suspense that made his previous books global hits and acclaimed Hollywood movies. The author image here is computer-generated.
Keith Bruton is a writer from Dublin, Ireland. He studied at Technological University Dublin receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Management in 2014. He lived in Toronto, Canada for four years. He currently resides in Dublin with his partner.
Macavity Award winning writer Craig Faustus Buck has been a journalist (Sports Illustrated, New York Times, etc.) an acclaimed TV screenwriter (Magnum PI, Simon & Simon, V) and a New York Times bestselling non-fiction author who has brought that wide experience to Go Down Hard, his incredibly original debut crime novel of sex, thugs, and rock-n-roll, published by Brash Books.
Jack Bunker is trial lawyer who brings his wide experience — including stints working at the U.S. Department of Justice, as a clerk for a U.S. Court of Appeals judge, and as legal editor for Thomson Reuters in Dubai — to his brilliant first novel TRUE GRIFT, which earned a coveted *starred* review from Publishers Weekly.
Robin Burcell is a New York Times bestselling author, veteran police officer, and former hostage negotiator. Her work includes four “Sam & Remi Fargo adventures” co-authored with Clive Cussler and many other novels, including Face Of A Killer, The Bone Chamber, and The Last Good Place, a novel that continues, and updates, Carolyn Weston’s Krug & Kellogg series, the basis for the hit TV show The Streets of San Francisco.
Jim Cirni, a first generation Italian-American, drew inspiration for his mafia crime thrillers from his roots in Brooklyn, New York. Cirni served as a paratrooper in the 82nd United States Airborne during the late 1950s and spent the following forty years working in public accounting, writing novels in his leisure. He passed in 2004.
Max Allan Collins is the 2017 Mystery Writers of America Grand Master, a Lifetime Achievement Award winner from the Private Eye Writers of America, and the author of many books, including “Road to Perdition,” which became the Oscar winning film, and the Quarry novels, the basis for the hit TV series.
Michael Craft is the author of the acclaimed “Mark Manning” series of mystery novels, three of which were finalists for Lambda Literary Awards. More recently, his 2019 mystery, ChoirMaster, was a Gold Winner of the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award. Desert Getaway, the upcoming first novel in his new Dante & Jazz series, is based on his Palm Springs Noir short story VIP Check-In, praised as “delightful” by the Los Angeles Times.
Among crime writers, the late Ralph Dennis is considered a master of the genre who never received the recognition he deserved. He’s the author of the thirteen legendary Hardman novels, and six standalone thrillers, including A Talent For Killing, The War Heist, and Dust in the Heart. He died in 1988.
Gerald Duff is a winner of the Cohen Award for Fiction, the Philosophical Society of Texas Literary Award, and the Silver Medal for Fiction from the Independent Publishers Association. Memphis Ribs is his classic tale of deception, crime, and barbecue, earning him comparison to Elmore Leonard, Carl Hiaasen, Calvin Trillin, Flannery O’Connor, and even William Faulkner.
Robert Dunn is the author of Dead Man’s Badge, the gritty story of a felon who takes the place of his dead twin brother, the Chief of Police of a violent border town. He passed away in 2021.
Herb Fisher was a beloved high school teacher and football coach… and was the author of four novels in the Doctor Death series.
Bob Forward has written everything from film scripts to animated television series, and that cinematic expertise is evident in his novels The Owl and The Owl 2, Scarlet Serenade. These intense, high-octane noir thrillers follow vigilante-for-hire Alexander L’Hiboux, a man who never sleeps and never stops hunting his criminal prey. Hop on board for a literary thrill ride.
Michael Genelin is a former Los Angeles Head Deputy District Attorney in the Hardcore Gang Division and the author of five acclaimed novels about Slovakian female police inspector Jana Matinova, including his latest, For The Dignified Dead, from Brash Books.
Parnell Hall is the Edgar, Shamus and Agatha Award nominted author of 20 Stanley Hastings mysteries, 19 Puzzle Lady Mysteries, 6 Steve Winslow courtroom thrillers, and 5 NY times bestselling novels co-authored with Stuart Woods. His final novel, Chasing Jack, was published in 2021, shortly before his death from COVID-19.
Alfred “Alf” Harris was a prolific screenwriter (Barnaby Jones, The Starlost, Wild Wild West, Mission Impossible etc.) and the author of two novels, Baroni and The Joseph File, both re-published by Brash Books. He died in 1998.
Tom Kakonis was hailed by critics nationwide as the heir-apparent to Elmore Leonard… and for good reason. His stunning thrillers Treasure Coast, Michigan Roll, and Criss Cross, among others, blend dark humor with gritty storytelling for compelling, and innovative crime noir capers packed with unique, sharply drawn characters and shocking twists. He passed away in 2018.
Tony is the author of the collection Happy Hour and Other Philadelphia Cruelties and the novels Three Hours Past Midnight and A Few Days Away. He is a lieutenant in the Philadelphia Fire Department, a thirty-six-year veteran. He’s trying to see if he likes the job.
Bestselling thriller author Stan R. Lee used his political and advertising careers to inject his books with authenticity. His espionage novel Dunn’s Conundrum is a prophetic story about a US intelligence organization, while The God Project explores a top secret CIA project. Both ahead of their time, Lee’s spy thrillers are darkly-funny, intensely-riveting and undeniably thought-provoking.
Dick Lochte burst onto the crime-writing scene with Sleeping Dog, which was a finalist for every major award in the genre, won the Nero Wolfe Award, and was named one of the 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century by the Independent Booksellers Association. His many other popular crime novels are every bit as good…and as beloved.
Jack Lynch modeled many aspects of his legendary private eye Peter Bragg on himself. He worked as a reporter for many years before going on to write eight thrilling novels in the Bragg mystery series – earning one Edgar Award nomination and two Shamus Award nominations, along with a loyal following of future crime writers.
Jon Messman was the author of over 100 novels, including The Revenger and The Handyman series of crime novels. As John Sharpe, he created the hugely successful Trailsman series of westerns that is still going strong today.
Geoffrey Miller caused a sensation, and earned comparisons to Hammett and Chandler, with his debut thriller, The Black Glove, which earned him an Edgar Award nomination for the Best First Mystery Novel. He passed away in 2019.
Margaret Moseley is the author of the Edgar Award finalist Bonita Faye, Millicent LeSueur, and the three Honey Huckleberry Mysteries: Grinning in his Mashed Potatoes, The Fourth Steven, and A Little Traveling Music Please.
Edgar-award nominee Dallas Murphy is the author of the wild crime novel Apparent Wind and the acclaimed Artie Deemer series – which kicks off with Lover Man, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Filled with conspiracy and corruption, Murphy’s fast-paced and funny mysteries are rollicking adventures you won’t forget.
The mysterious A.W. Mykel rocked the publishing world in 1980 with his stunning and internationally acclaimed first novel The Windchime Legacy, which he followed with the blockbuster bestsellers The Salamandra Glass and The Luxus Conspiracy. But just as suddenly as he appeared on the literary scene, he disappeared…until now.
Barbara Neely was the 2020 Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster and the multiple award-winning writer and much-admired community activist best known for her innovative and popular Blanche White mystery novels, which won the Agatha, Macavity, and Anthony Awards. She died in 2020.
Maxine O’Callaghan introduced detective Delilah West in a story in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine that was so good, it created the female PI genre and blazed the trail that Sue Grafton and others would follow. The Delilah West books have earned her the Private Eye Writers of America lifetime achievement award and recognition as a ground-breaking legend of crime fiction.
Stephen O’Shea is the author of five non-fiction books dealing with European travel and history, including The Perfect Heresy, The Alps: A Human History from Hannibal to Heidi & Beyond, and The Friar of Carcassonne: Revolt Against the Inquisition in the Last Days of the Cathars. He currently resides in Providence, Rhode Island.
Lewis Perdue is an entrepreneur, technologist, scientist, professor, author, publisher, journalist, and outdoorsman and New York Times best-selling author of 22 published books. His plots grow out of a scientific education, investigative reporting of prominent crimes and felonies in Congress and the White House. He currently performs a variety of services for a private global intelligence firm and a major U.S. law enforcement agency.
Gilbert Ralston (January 5, 1912 – March 18, 1999) is best known as a screenwriter. His feature film credits include Willard and Kona Coast. He created the TV series The Wild Wild West and wrote for many shows, includig Laredo, Star Trek, Ben Casey, Hawaii Five-O, The Big Valley and Gunsmoke. His novels, besides the Dakota series, include The Deadly, Deadly Art and The Frightful Sin of Cisco Newman.
William J. Reynolds, a native of Omaha, has been a magazine editor, an advertising and marketing executive, a college instructor,a communications director, as well as the author of a number of books. His début detective novel, The Nebraska Quotient, was nominated for a Shamus Award by the Private Eye Writers of America.
W.L. Ripley is the author of the acclaimed Wyatt Storme series and the Cole Springer novels, earning him richly deserved comparisons to Robert B. Parker, John D. MacDonald and James Lee Burke. Brash is proud to be publishing the four Wyatt Storme novels.
Mark Rogers is an award-winning travel writer. His work regularly appears in USA Today and other media outlets. He’s the author of Koreatown Blues.
Jim Sanderson is the award-winning author of seven novels, including the widely praised El Camino Del Rio and La Mordida, both featuring US Border Patrol Officer Dolph Martinez. Sanderson is such a versatile author that he has been characterized as a “working class, Texas writer,” a “rural Southwestern literary writer,” and a “literary mystery writer.” We think “a great writer” pretty much sums him up.
John B. Sanford was a screenwriter and author who wrote 24 books. A one-time member of the Communist Party, after he and his wife Marguerite Roberts refused to testify to the House Un-American Activities Committee, they were blacklisted and unable to work in Hollywood for nearly a decade. He died in 2003 at age 98.
Jimmy Sangster was an acclaimed and prolific screenwriter, director, and novelist. His many crime novels include Touchfeather, Snowball, The Spy Killer, and Foreign Exchange. He died in 2011.
An award-winning advertising creative director, Craig Smith took a year off to write the Edgar-nominated Ladystinger, as well as the book’s screen adaptation, Scam, which starred Christopher Walken. Since then, he has alternated between advertising and screenwriting, with four movies produced from his scripts to date.
Gary L. Stewart (1937-2018) was born in Salt Lake City and raised as a Mormon. He held a doctorate in theater criticism from the University of Iowa and spent 36 years in academia. He taught theater at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (UMASS), and then at Indiana State University (ISU). He wrote two “Gabriel Utley” crime novels, several plays and Avenging Angel, an unpublished western that became a feature film starring Tom Berenger, Charlton Heston, and James Coburn.
There’s a reason the widely-acclaimed, Shamus Award-nominated Streeter series is so believable: Michael Stone has been a working private detective for 25 years. He’s also a former award-winning investigative reporter and uses his hard-earned knowledge to bring a unique, cutting edge to his crime noir fiction featuring Streeter, a lone-wolf PI unlike any other in print.
Andy Straka is the Shamus Award winning and Anthony & Agatha Award nominated author of the Frank Pavlicek PI series and was named by Publishers Weekly as one of “ten rising stars” in crime fiction.
Phoef Sutton has won the Golden Globe, the Peabody, and two Emmys for his brilliant TV writing for shows like Cheers and Boston Legal…so the National Book Award and the Pulitzer are surely in his future for his novels. His books include Crush, The Dead Man: The Midnight Special, Wicked Charms (with Janet Evanovich), and Fifteen Minutes to Live, a twisty, funny, thrilling, and utterly Brash thriller.
Ted Thackrey Jr. was a Korean War vet, an author and newspaper reporter who, after stints at several newspapers, ended up in 1968 at the Los Angeles Times, where he became known over the next two decades for his colorful news stories, columns, and obituaries. His cult classic The Preacher was an Edgar Award finalist and led to two sequels and a feature film.
A native of rural east Mississippi, Phillip Thompson served in combat as a Marine, covered capital murder cases as a journalist, and wrote speeches for top military leaders in the Pentagon. He has worked as a reporter and editor at newspapers in Mississippi and Virginia, and his journalistic work has been featured in newspapers across the Deep South and the East Coast.
“Jack Trolley” is a pseudonym used by author Tom Ardies.
Jane is scriptwriter, award-winning playwright, and the author of four thrillers, including Graven Images, the first of three adventures featuring true-crime writer Garner Quinn.
Carolyn Weston is the author of the three, ground-breaking police procedurals that became the hit TV series The Streets of San Francisco.