Books by Ed Gorman

ELIMINATION by Ed Gorman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2015

"The political intrigue seems barely to keep up with real-life electioneering in the Land of Lincoln this season. The best gift to series fans is the hope that Dev will end up with a woman who accepts him warts and all."
An Illinois Congresswoman caught in a tough re-election campaign narrowly survives what's clearly an attempt on her life. Or is it? Read full book review >
RIDERS ON THE STORM by Ed Gorman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2014

"The Vietnam War era puts the damper on Gorman's usual generosity in strewing period detail but engages a deeper passion: 'The war was not only destroying people overseas, it was destroying them back in my hometown.'"
This sequel to Sam McCain's eighth case, Ticket to Ride (2010), originally announced as his last, has got to be great news for fans of the sharpest investigator in yesteryear Iowa.Read full book review >
FLASHPOINT by Ed Gorman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"A lesser installment in the colorful career of Dev (Blindside, 2012, etc.), who sounds perfectly sincere when he maintains that '[p]olitical consultants pray every waking moment.'"
Skullduggery-cum-homicide threatens yet another of Chicago political consultant Dev Conrad's clients. Read full book review >
BLINDSIDE by Ed Gorman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"Another caustic indictment of electoral politics at its most American. No wonder it's hard to muster much moral outrage when Dev, efficient as ever, identifies the blackmailer and the killer, who act just like everyone else."
Freelance political consultant Dev Conrad (Stranglehold, 2010, etc.) signs on to help another congressional campaign plagued by murder and other deviltry. Read full book review >
BAD MOON RISING by Ed Gorman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 12, 2011

"As usual in this warmly observed series, the mystery is untidy. Read this installment, like all the others (Ticket to Ride, 2009, etc.), for the pop-historical detail and the loving evocation of small-town America."
1968. Gorman takes sleuthing Iowa attorney Sam McCain from the Democratic National Convention to a more personal rendezvous with history. Read full book review >
STRANGLEHOLD by Ed Gorman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

"Both the mystery and the killer are forgettable. But Gorman (Ticket to Ride, 2009, etc.) creates such a deliciously knowing portrait of the down and dirty of political campaigns and family secrets that you forget the people are just made up."
A Chicago political consultant hired by a suburban Illinois Congresswoman discovers that dirty tricks are even dirtier, and more felonious, outside the Windy City. Read full book review >
TICKET TO RIDE by Ed Gorman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 20, 2010

"The locals seem to be displaying more dirty laundry more openly than usual (Fools Rush In, 2007, etc.). Blame the Beatles."
1965. Echoes of the Vietnam War trouble the waters of Black River Falls, Iowa—which, as fans of attorney/investigator Sam McCain know, were never all that peaceful to begin with. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 2008

"Since the collection depends heavily on brand names, 2007 can't even be described as what baseball managers call a building year. Wait till next year is more like it."
The latest installment of the annual anthology suggests that it hasn't been a vintage year for the mystery short story. Read full book review >
SLEEPING DOGS by Ed Gorman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2008

The re-election campaign of an Illinois Senator heats up when his serial fornication tangles him in murder. Read full book review >
FOOLS RUSH IN by Ed Gorman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 9, 2007

"Another picture postcard from middle America at a time when things seemed simpler but weren't."
June 1963. To the usual period trappings of Black River Falls, Iowa—ragtops, barber shops, s'mores, Woolworth's—Gorman adds racial tensions. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2007

"Still, six out of 21 isn't bad."
Five of this year's crop are first-rate, one is truly superb—and the rest? Well, never mind those. Read full book review >
BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO by Ed Gorman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2004

"The finest hour yet for an idealistic. In a sixth outing, he's at his most unguarded and appealing."
As the nation holds its breath during the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, Iowa lawyer Sam McCain is immersed in an unusually tawdry small-town murder and the unending complications of his own love life. Read full book review >
KITTENS, CATS AND CRIME by Ed Gorman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2003

"Fans may want to wait for an election year."
Among the many hats he wears, novelist/storyteller/editor Gorman is the unrivaled king of cat anthologists (Cat Crimes Through Time, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >
EVERYBODY’S SOMEBODY’S FOOL by Ed Gorman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"All the time') that never was."
Sam McCain's chances with Iowa City nurse Linda Dennehy, who slow-dances with him at Jack and Jean Coyle's, are put on hold when the corpse of teen princess Sara Griffin crashes the party. Read full book review >
THE WORLD’S FINEST MYSTERY AND CRIME STORIES by Ed Gorman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Thirty-nine stories that are consistently fine, though not superfine."
If 2000 was, on the evidence of Gorman and Greenberg's previous behemoth, a banner year for crime fiction, 2001 was, as baseball managers say, a "building year." Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2001

"How about skipping them next year and including one of editor Gorman's peerless stories instead?"
For their second installment of the series that began last year, veteran anthologists Gorman and Greenberg have pulled out all the stops in an ambitious attempt to produce the definitive yearbook of the short mystery. Read full book review >
PULP MASTERS by Ed Gorman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2001

"The two exceptions are James M. Cain, whose tricky valentine 'The Embezzler' is vintage Cain, and Mickey Spillane, who, despite the absence of Mike Hammer from 'Everybody's Watching Me,' sounds, for better or worse, exactly like Spillane."
The biggest revelation of these five pulp novelettes, 1938-77, and Harry Whittington's 1953 short novel So Dead My Love is how much more their common voices and formulas, often displayed in apprentice work, make then sound like each other than like the eventually famous authors—John D. MacDonald (a fraternity killer), Lawrence Block (a stag-party killer), Donald E. Westlake (a sad, crimeless anti-romance)—you thought you knew. Read full book review >
SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME by Ed Gorman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"But we knew better, didn't we?'"
The nation is trembling on the brink of the '60s, but life goes on as usual in Gorman's Iowa. Read full book review >
WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW? by Ed Gorman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"What lingers longest in this heartfelt valentine is Sam's sweetly earnest outlook, which—like that of the town he loves—is not all that far from a child's."
What on earth has gotten into the good people of Black River Falls? Read full book review >
SUCH A GOOD GIRL AND OTHER CRIME STORIES by Ed Gorman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Not as varied or virtuoso as the stories in Moonchasers (1996), but still as heartfelt a collection as you'll find this year."
As Gorman's title aptly indicates, the 11 stories (1996-2000) collected here often feature children pressed into service in key roles. Read full book review >
THE BLUE AND THE GRAY UNDERCOVER by Ed Gorman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Entertaining if repetitive fictional homage to a momentous period—and a diverting curio for Civil War buffs, as well as mystery and western fans."
Veteran Gorman gathers original stories from established genre writers: 18 tales about spies, saboteurs, assassins, frauds, blockade runners, and varied sordid types during the Civil War. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"US or England—nobody's likely to quarrel with the volume's inclusiveness, with Jon L. Breen's 25-page state-of-the-genre introduction, or with the hope that the subtitle turns out to be accurate."
Editor Gorman's 1992-99 annuals, formerly titled The Year's 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories, have sprouted a new title, landed a new publisher, and grown by half again their length into this behemoth. Read full book review >
VOODOO MOON by Ed Gorman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Robert's fourth case is the most ingenious in this unabashedly pulpish series, even if the crack profiler never does get a chance to profile anything."
Thirty-plus years after homicidal banker Paul Renard, rumored to be spreading voodoo practices among his fellow inmates, escaped from Sterling Psychiatric Hospital after killing Doc Sterling and torching his kingdom, Rick Hennessy, the local kid charged with killing his ex-girlfriend Sandy Caine, swears he's possessed by Renard's spirit. Read full book review >
FELONIOUS FELINES by Carol Gorman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Carrie Channell, Mat Coward, Brian Lawrence, Wendi Lee, Janet Pack, Tom Piccirilli, Roman Ranieri, Peter Schweighofer, and Edo van Belkom supply fresh blood, with reprints by Carole Nelson Douglas, Joan Hess, and Nancy Pickard making the case that nine lives are never enough."
The gimmick of the latest Gorman-sponsored collection of cat mysteries (Ed Gorman's co-edited Cat Crimes Through Time, 1998, etc.) is that there's no gimmick, unless you count the presence of a dozen felines in key roles. Read full book review >
SLEUTHS OF THE CENTURY by Ed Gorman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

Sam Spade is practically the only headliner absent from this centennial feast of the familiar. Read full book review >
WAKE UP LITTLE SUSIE by Ed Gorman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"The governor of Iowa should give veteran Gorman the key to the state."
This prequel to The Day the Music Died (1999) kicks off with Ford dealer Dick Keys's unveiling of the ballyhooed 1957 Edsel, and his discovery of a woman's corpse in the trunk of one of his futuristic new cars, as dead as the Edsel soon will be. Read full book review >
NIGHTMARE TOWN by Dashiell Hammett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 1999

This collection of 20 stories, most of them out of print for many years, is must reading for hardboiled fans. Read full book review >
THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED by Ed Gorman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"The tapestry is so rich, and the cast so various, that it's no wonder we can't spend longer with the killer."
It's 1958, and Buddy Holly has just been killed, together with Richie Valens, in a plane crash hours after Sam McCain took Pamela Forrest, the co-worker who's never loved him, to see Buddy at the Surf Ballroom. Read full book review >
CAT CRIMES THROUGH TIME by Ed Gorman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"Now that cats have turned up everywhere from the Scottish Highlands to yesterday's war-torn Beirut, expect next year's dispatch to come from the moons of Jupiter."
Not content with its dominion over the present (Cat Crimes for the Holidays, 1997, etc.), the master race now extends its reach back through history from ancient Egypt to the mid-20th century. Read full book review >
THE YEAR'S 25 FINEST CRIME AND MYSTERY STORIES by Ed Gorman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Even though Hoch's Necrology lists mercifully few household names, you can't help feeling on the evidence presented that this hasn't been a banner year for short stories of crime."
Professionalism rather than originality is the keynote of this seventh annual collection. Read full book review >
ONCE UPON A CRIME by Ed Gorman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

"Jon L. Breen, Simon Clark, Mat Coward, Gary A. Braunbeck, Edward D. Hoch, John Lutz, John Helfers, Simon Brett, Peter Crowther, Audrey Peterson, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and Doug Allyn round out a circle whose provocative concept makes it more satisfying as a whole than in any particular story."
Most fairy tales are already so full of innocent victims, monstrous malefactors, and sudden violence that it doesn't take much of a push to send them over the edge into the realm of crime fiction, as in this overstuffed collection of 24 brand-new stories. Read full book review >
HARLOT'S MOON by Ed Gorman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 20, 1998

"Mallory's sinners much time in the limelight, but they're all well worth your attention."
For a change, psychological profiler (and unwilling amateur historian) Robert Payne's third case (Hawk Moon, 1996, etc.) involves his own past as much as anybody's. Read full book review >
CAT CRIMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS by Martin H. Greenberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 1997

"As in earlier entries in this long-running series (Cat Crimes Takes a Vacation, 1995, etc.), love of cats shines through a lot more clearly than love of mystery or suspense."
Nineteen new stories commemorating not just the December holidays but a veritable calendar of cats, from New Year's (Barbara Paul) to Martin Luther King Day (Jon L. Breen), Valentine's Day (Jeremiah Healy), Presidents' Day (Peter Crowther and Stewart von Allmen), St. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Clearly the best-edited annual, though not as distinctive in its choices as its latest competitor (see below)."
Regional humorist Hess (The Maggody Militia, p. 175, etc.) joins series editors Gorman and Greenberg for this sixth annual roundup. Read full book review >
AMERICAN PULP by Ed Gorman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"95 for 560 pages of the stuff your mother warned you to keep away from."
Or American Digest, since editors Gorman and Greenberg (Love Kills, p. 595, etc.), joined by veteran Pronzini (A Wasteland of Strangers, p. 914, etc.), contend that the true high-water mark of short noir fiction was the period from 1950 to 1970, after Black Mask and its ilk had already been killed off by inexpensive paperbacks and TV, and digests like Manhunt and Pursuit reigned supreme. Read full book review >
LOVE KILLS by Ed Gorman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1997

"Guaranteed to make you think twice about the person next to you at the bar—or on the other side of the connubial bed."
Not only does it kill, but it makes you feel really creepy first—whether your pleasure is loving homicide (Sandra Scoppettone, Richard T. Chizmar), romantic betrayal (John Lutz, Jerry Sykes, Dorothy B. Hughes, editor Gorman), sour marriages (Bill Pronzini, Peter Crowther, Ron Goulart, Joe Hensley, Bill Crider), hints of the supernatural (Edward Bryant, Larry Segriff, Barbara Collins, Greg Cox), sexual taboos (Morris Hershman, Marthayn Pelegrimas, Richard Deming, Jonathan Craig), stalkers and other obsessives (Nancy Pickard, Marcia Muller, Brian Lawrence, Maxim Jakubowski, Lawrence Block, Ruth Rendell), vengeance served cold (James Reasoner, Max Allan Collins), or just plain bad relationships (Evan Hunter, Jim Combs, Donald Westlake). Read full book review >
COLD BLUE MIDNIGHT by Ed Gorman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 18, 1996

"563, etc.) has churned out a wonderfully pulpish, greased-lightning homage to Robert Bloch that you can start just before bedtime confident that you'll still finish in plenty of time for a good night's sleep."
Six years after her son Peter Tappley was executed for stalking, raping, and killing three women, his imperious mother Evelyn is determined to punish the person she thinks responsible- -Peter's wife, Chicago photographer Jill Coffey, whose dedication to her career ``made'' Peter go berserk. Read full book review >
HAWK MOON by Ed Gorman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 1996

"Though veteran Gorman's forays into the past don't have anything like the power of Sharyn McCrumb's, his narrower range still has plenty of room for some sad poetry and some lonely prairie music."
You wouldn't expect to find many dead women with their noses cut off. Read full book review >
MOONCHASERS by Ed Gorman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 1996

"A standout collection by one of the most original crime writers around."
A generous helping of indefatigable Gorman's short fiction since 1988. Read full book review >
CAT CRIMES TAKES A VACATION by Martin H. Greenberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 24, 1995

"Somebody's obviously buying these books, however, so expect a new twist next year."
The editors' series of Cat Crimes anthologies hits bottom with this sixth installment. Read full book review >
BLOOD MOON by Ed Gorman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 1994

"Not much of a riddle to end a professionally told story whose most promising complications are over halfway through the book."
A new hero for veteran novelist and anthologist Gorman (The Night Remembers, 1993, etc.): Robert Payne, forensic psychologist and former FBI agent. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Despite inevitable blemishes: a truly indispensable volume."
The latest in a long line of chatty demi-reference books for crime mavens (cf. Read full book review >
DANGER IN D.C. by Martin H. Greenberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 1993

"Caution: ingesting too many at a sitting could cause hairballs."
You either like cat mysteries or you don't, and this tepid collection of 20 all-new stories won't change your mind either way. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Sturdy, professional work from all hands, with something extra from Gorman: altogether an auspicious inaugural."
This mystery analogue to Dark Harvest's Night Visions series gets off to a solid start with a trio of novellas. Read full book review >
PREDATORS by Ed Gorman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Steak-tartare-and-potatoes, with a few extras."
Suspense-oriented horror anthology of 21 stories, awash in slice-and-dice, that's nearly indistinguishable from its so-so predecessor, Stalkers (1989). Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 1992

"A simplistic premise, alas, encourages simplistic solutions."
Omnipresent anthologists Gorman and Greenberg suggested to 18 writers that each pound out a story that included one common element: a young woman found dead on an apartment floor. Read full book review >
SOLVED by Ed Gorman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 1991

"Ho-hum, overall, and not as interesting as the true-crime antecedents."
Sixteen short stories—some puckish, several conspiracy- oriented, and all never-published-before (for good reason)—that rework and supposedly ``solve'' various real-life notable mysteries. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 16, 1991

"Strictly for feline fanatics."
Seventeen new if not overly original stories guaranteed to give you paws—if not pause. Read full book review >