Small-Press Lineup: Brash Books

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!



Legal Name and Alias: mugshot-lee-goldberg

Lee Goldberg aka “Ian Ludlow”


Joel Goldman, my partner in Brash Booksmugshot-joel-goldman

Criminal Record:

I’m a New York Times bestselling author … but I’ve written many books that have fallen out of print. Over the last few years, I’ve brought them back in new, self-published editions that, to my surprise and delight, have sold extremely well.

It occurred to me that if I could do it for my books, why couldn’t I do the same thing for a few of my favorite, out-of-print crime novels by other authors?

So I asked my good friend Joel Goldman, a bestselling thriller writer, lawyer, and an extraordinarily successful self-publisher of his own out-of-print backlist, for his sage advice. He got this funny look on his face and said, “That’s a business model. I really think we’re on to something.”


It turned that he’d been getting hit up by author-friends who were desperate for his advice on how they could replicate his self-publishing success with their own backlists … and he’d been trying to think of a way he could help them out.

2015_mystery-hashtagHis solution: What if we published the books? Not just ones that we’d loved for years, or truly exceptional books by our friends that only recently fell out of print, but also brand new stuff, too?

It sounded like a great idea to me. And at that moment, we became publishers of what we considered to be “the best crime novels in existence.” It was a brash thing to do … and that’s how we found our company name and our motto. We launched in September 2014 and we’ve got 40 titles out already, all available through Ingram.

Previous Offenses:

ripley-stormewarningTreasure Coast, by Tom Kakonis

Blanche on the Lam, by Barbara Neely

The Death of the Detective, by Mark Smith

Poor Poor Ophelia, by Carolyn Weston

The Low End of Nowhere, by Michael Stone

Storme Warning, by W.L. Ripley


buck-godownhardCurrently Plotting:

Go Down Hard, by Craig Faustus Buck (May 2015)

15 Minutes to Live, by Phoef Sutton (May 2015)

Off and Running, by Philip Reed (August 2015)

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About the Author:

Keir Graff is Executive Editor of Booklist Publications and the author of six books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Phantom Tower (2018). Follow him on Twitter at @Booklist_Keir.

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