Small-Press Lineup: Soho Press

Mystery Month 2015Some 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-julietgramesJuliet “Scissorhands” Grames, Associate Publisher and Crime Fiction Editor


Bronwen “Big Boss” Hruska, Publisher

Paul “H.A.M.” Oliver, Marketing Director

Criminal Record:

Crime has no time zone at Soho Crime, which publishes crime fiction set all over the world. Founded in 1987 by the late Laura Hruska, currently run by her daughter, Bronwen Hruska, Soho is a proudly independent crime [fiction] syndicate, with a roster of more than 50 criminally good writers who have been linked to Soho over the last 3 decades, including New York Times bestsellers; CWA Gold, Silver, Steel, and Diamond Dagger winners; Barry, Macavity, Anthony, and Dilys Award winners; LA Times Book Prize winners and nominees; and Edgar Award winners and nominees. Soho is distributed by Penguin Random House—all very above-board these days.

Juliet Grames has been the public face of Soho’s crime [fiction] enterprise since 2010, after stints at other New York publishers and working on the “other side” (that is, as a bookseller). In keeping with Soho Crime’s international/multicultural history, she likes to acquire literary crime fiction with strong atmospheric and cultural elements, with social and/or political agendas, and with strongly character-driven plots. She is also very interested in literature in translation.

Previous Offenses:

Neville-TheFinalSilenceThe Boy in the Suitcase, by Lene Kaaberbøl & Agnete Friis (2011)

The Thief, Fuminori Nakamura (2012)

Murder Below Montparnasse, Cara Black (2013)

Jack of Spies, David Downing (2014)

The Final Silence, Stuart Neville (2014)

Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas, Stephanie Barron (2014)

Currently Plotting:

Cotterill-SixandaHalfDeadlySinsSix and a Half Deadly Sins, by Colin Cotterill (May 2015)

Innocence; or, Murder on Steep Street, by Heda Margolius Kovaly, translated from the Czech by Alex Zucker (June 2015)

Smaller and Smaller Circles, by F.H. Batacan (August 2015)





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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