Small-Press Lineup: Crooked Lane

2015_mystery-month-buttonSome of the biggest crime fiction is perpetrated by some of the smallest players. We’re determined to shine the spotlight on them before they break out and wreak havoc across the whole country. Read them—before they publish again!



mugshot-matt-martzLegal Name and Alias:

Matt Martz, Editorial Director


Dan Weiss, Chief Publishing Consultant

Criminal Record:

Crooked Lane Books was founded in 2014 to publish a broad range of quality crime fiction, from traditional mysteries and cozies to psychological suspense and high-concept thrillers. We’re huge fans of the genre, and we’ll be bringing readers 20 new titles from debut and established authors before the end of the year. Our books are distributed widely in both print and ebook through Legato Publishers Group, an affiliate of Publishers Group West and a member of the Perseus Book Group. In addition to the traditional tools of the trade, Crooked Lane has crafted a unique marketing affiliation with Bookspan, home to 19 of the country’s largest book clubs, and has subsidiary rights representation through Biagi Literary Management. We’re thrilled to be in a position where we can connect an outstanding community of readers with the best books in mystery, crime, and suspense.

Previous Offenses:

We’re in the midst of pulling off our first heists. Our most wanted titles will be breaking out this August.

Currently Plotting:

Nine Lives, by Wendy Corsi Staub (October 2015)
Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes, by Denise Grover Swank (August 2015)
Red Line, by Brian Thiem (August 2015)




About the Author:

Keir Graff is Executive Editor of Booklist Publications and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix (2011). Follow him on Twitter at @Booklist_Keir.

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