Raymond Benson

Fiction & Non-Fiction

Some titles may be out of print on paper, but they are available as e-books and audiobooks, and/or in the second-hand market.

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Stand Alone Novels

Torment by Raymond BensonTorment—A Love Story

From the vault, this supernatural thriller is a story of voodoo, murder, love, and obsession—but wait! Is it really supernatural, or is it all in the protagonist’s troubled mind? Rick Shepherd is an ordinary guy from the mid-west who has been both cursed and protected by different voodoo spells. Rick’s torturous journey to find the mysterious woman he met in Jamaica is a tale of redemption, but it is also full of danger and excitement as one horrific thing happens after another. To find the love of his life, he must undergo unimaginable torment.

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Artifact of EvilArtifact of Evil

From the vault, a unique suspense thriller that blends real-world modern-day crime, historical figures, and fantasy. Rusty “Red” River is a freelance forensics consultant who resides in West Texas. When his ranch hand’s newborn son is abducted from the hospital’s maternity ward and found dead hours later, River resolves to bring the perpetrators to justice. There is one peculiar clue: the child’s head is marked with the Arabic equivalent to the letter “L.” River and his ex, a Jewish historian, team up to help solve the mystery. Together they uncover a bizarre plot that stretches from war-torn Iraq to Israel, then to Mexico, Texas, and finally the Chicago area. What they don’t know is that a mysterious, prehistoric relic is in the possession of the killers—a talisman that has been passed down through the centuries. What exactly is the artifact of evil?

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Sweetie's Diamonds by Raymond BensonSweetie’s Diamonds

Diane Boston lives with her Marfan syndrome-afflicted 13-year-old son in a suburb of Chicago and teaches social studies at the high school, with the students even voting her Teacher of the Year. But she has some dark secrets. Her ex-husband Greg always suspected that Diane kept things from him, but he has no idea just how right he is. When Diane’s son, David, finds a box of unmarked videotapes and watches one of them out of curiosity, he discovers that it’s a hardcore adult movie from the late 1970s. The star, Lucy Luv, was an actress that mysteriously disappeared in 1980. Some suspected she’d been murdered. David recognizes the actress as his mother. Then, somehow, the news of Diane’s involvement in the adult film business hits the streets and causes chaos at her school and at home. It also attracts the attention of the West Coast porn czar who has ties with organized crime. Apparently when Lucy Luv disappeared, she took a cache of stolen diamonds with her. This is the catalyst for a non-stop roller-coaster ride of suspense and mystery that involves the dark side of the adult film industry, the mob, kidnapping, and murder.

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Face Blind by Raymond BensonFace Blind

From the pen of Raymond Benson, author of the acclaimed original James Bond continuation novels and the novel Evil Hours, comes a new and edgy noir thriller.

Imagine a world where you don’t recognize the human face. That’s Hannah’s condition–prosopagnosia, or “face blindness”—when the brain center that recognizes faces is inoperable. The onset of the condition occurred when she was attacked and nearly raped by an unknown assailant in the inner lobby of her New York City apartment building. And now she thinks he’s back, and not just in her dreams.

When she also attracts the attention of a psychopathic predator and becomes the unwitting target of a Mafia drug ring, the scene is set for a thrill ride of mistaken identity, cat-and-mouse pursuit, and murder.

Face Blind is a twisting, turning tale of suspense in which every character has a dark side. The novel will keep the reader surprised and intrigued until the final violent catharsis.

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Evil Hours by Raymond BensonEvil Hours

Shannon Reece’s mother was one of several women murdered in the small Texas town of Limite when Shannon was six years old. Her mother’s alleged killer was convicted and sent to jail, where he was subsequently killed by fellow inmates. Now, 26 years later, Shannon has decided that the unresolved questions about the case, which continue to haunt her, can no longer be ignored.

With the help of a private eye, Shannon sets out to find the answers, and what she finds reveals some truths that several prominent Limite citizens would rather she had not discovered.

In a style that tens of thousands of James Bond fans have come to love, Raymond Benson pulls us, revelation by revelation, into a story you’ll not soon forget.

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Spike Berenger “Rock ‘n’ Roll Hits”

A Hard Day's Death by Raymond BensonA Hard Day’s Death

It wasn’t Peter Flame’s best concert. His tour manager thought the aging rock star-once as big as Bowie or Lennon-seemed a little distracted. But when the manager stopped by his town house later that night, Flame was a lot worse than distracted-he was dead. It looked like Flame had hanged himself, but the coroner ruled it a homicide. Now it’s up to Spike Berenger and Rockin’ Security to find out who killed Flame… and why. Was it his ex-wife? A former bandmate? A religious cult that had become Flame’s groupies? A member of one of the mysterious rock ‘n’ roll gangs terrorizing New York? With so many potential suspects and so many possible motives, only a rock ‘n’ roll insider like Spike could hope to wade through the rumors and the legends and find the cold hard facts… and a cold-blooded killer.

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On the Threshold of a Death by Raymond BensonOn the Threshold of a Death (short story)

A Spike Berenger Rock ‘n’ Roll Hit SINGLE! This short story is available exclusively for Amazon Kindle, Sony Reader, and other e-book formats! Spike and the Rockin’ Security team travel to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame to provide security for a political fundraiser… little do they know they’re in for much more than a caucus!

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Dark Side of the Morgue by Raymond BensonDark Side of the Morgue

The second book in the Spike Berenger Rock ‘n’ Roll Hits series! Musicians in progressive rock bands in Chicago are being murdered—one by one. The local police have no clues, but several musicians who fear they’re next on the hit list claim that the killer is a ghost from the past—a woman who was reported missing and presumed dead for over thirty years! The Rockin’ Security team is called into action. Spike and his partner, Suzanne Prescott, travel to Chicago to investigate the case, only to find that no one wants to talk. As Spike digs deeper, he begins to unearth a lode of deadly secrets involving sex, psychedelic drugs, and, of course, rock ‘n’ roll. And it isn’t long before the private detective becomes a pawn in a very dangerous game.

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The Rock 'n Roll Detective's Greatest Hits by Raymond BensonThe Rock ‘n’ Roll Detective’s Greatest Hits

An ebook anthology containing the “Spike Berenger Rock ‘n’ Roll Thrillers”—two novels: A Hard Day’s Death and the Shamus award nominee Dark Side of the Morgue, plus the short story “On the Threshold of a Death”! Thrills, chills, humor, sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll all for a low, low price.

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Gabriel Hunt “Hunt for Adventure” Series

The Hunt Through Napoleon's Web by Raymond BensonHunt Through Napoleon’s Web

REPUBLISHED! Book Six of the “Gabriel Hunt” pulp adventure series (each book is written by a different author—Raymond wrote this one)! Of all the priceless treasures Gabriel Hunt has sought, none means more to him than the one drawing him to the rugged terrain of Corsica and the exotic streets of Marrakesh: his own sister’s life. To save her, Hunt will have to challenge the mind of a tyrant two centuries dead: the calculating, ingenious Napoleon Bonaparte!

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Short Stories

The MacGuffin by Raymond BensonThe MacGuffin

The MacGuffin is a darkly comic action thriller short story. Wikipedia defines a MacGuffin as “a plot device in the form of some goal, desired object, or other motivator that the protagonist pursues, often with little or no narrative explanation.” In this case, the MacGuffin is a purple suitcase recovered from an airport baggage claim. The CIA, MI6, Middle Eastern operatives, Japanese intelligence, and even the Mafia want it. But one thing is clear–whoever has it won’t have very long to live!

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12 + 1 by Raymond Benson12+1: Twelve Short Thrillers and a Play

12 + 1 is a collection of previously published mysteries, thrillers, science fiction, and fantasy, all told with wry humor and in the spirit of The Twilight Zone—plus some unpublished works such as “The Heart of Erzulie,” “Fortunata-697,” and the stage play “Second Chance.” Spies and detectives, rock ‘n’ roll crime, time travel, androids, alternate history, an encounter with St. Peter, and even The Black Stiletto, all in one compact anthology.

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Ice Cold anthologyMystery Writers of America presents Ice Cold: Tales of Intrigue from the Cold War

Co-edited by Jeffery Deaver and Raymond Benson, the only two Americans to be commissioned by the Ian Fleming Estate to pen James Bond novels. This Mystery Writers of America anthology collects twenty tales by twenty authors, including Joseph Finder, John Lescroart, Laura Lippman, J. A. Jance, T. Jefferson Parker, and Sara Paretsky.

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The Plagiarist by Raymond Benson“The Plagiarist”

A short story available exclusively for Amazon Kindle, Sony Reader, and other e-book formats! A writer in the future travels back in time to write the big best-sellers before the real writers do in this Twilight Zone-style tale.

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Thumbs Down by Raymond Benson“Thumbs Down”

A short story available exclusively for Amazon Kindle, Sony Reader, and other e-book formats! Find out what happens when a disgruntled playwright seeks revenge on the theatre critic who panned his play.

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Non-Fiction

The James Bond Bedside Companion

The James Bond Bedside CompanionAn encyclopedic celebration of 007, the world’s most popular secret agent, The James Bond Bedside Companion is the most comprehensive single-volume guide to the James Bond phenomenon available. In addition to an intimate portrait of Ian Fleming as remembered by his friends and colleagues and a detailed analysis of every one of Fleming’s James Bond titles, this indispensable collection includes:

  • An in-depth character study of James Bond, including a sketch of his background and early life, detailed descriptions of his trademarked clothing and other personal habits, including his preferences in food and drink, and a portrait of his famous (or infamous) attitudes toward women and marriage;
  • Information about the many by-products of Bondmania and the merchandising of 007, such as Bond’s line of toiletries, board games, trading cards, Oddjob Action Dolls, and t-shirts;
  • Contact information for the many James Bond fan clubs around the world;
  • A critical look at the 007 film series that includes a cornucopia of trivia and essential information on the films’ producers, screenplays, directors, actors, soundtracks and special effects;
  • Over 100 seldom seen photographs;
  • And enough facts, figures, and miscellanea to satisfy even the most ardent fan.

NOTE: This book is now rare and out of print in all print editions. However, it is currently available as an ebook! A new print edition is coming soon.

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Jethro Tull by Raymond BensonJethro Tull—Pocket Essential

The Legendary Jethro Tull—How many rock bands from the sixties can you name that are still around today? Probably not that many. There are a few—the Rolling Stones, Yes, Santana—but most have broken up, stopped recording, and reappear only for the ubiquitous “reunion” tours.

Jethro Tull is one band that formed in 1968 and is still going strong, thanks to the leadership, vision, and extraordinary talent of its leader, Ian Anderson. Named after the 17th Century inventor of the seed drill, Anderson’s band has always been controversial, challenging, and completely impossible to categorize. Are they rock? Are they blues? Are they “progressive”? Are they English folk? These labels merely begin to describe Jethro Tull’s eclectic and imaginative music. In the thirty-five years of the band’s existence, Tull’s music has gone through many styles and periods, just as the group has undergone several personnel changes. Nevertheless, the band has always produced distinctive “Tull Music.”

In this pocket-sized reference book, author Raymond Benson looks at this legendary rock band and analyzes its place in pop music history. He also examines each and every Jethro Tull album—track listing, personnel, cover art, recording history, and content. A handy rating system informs Tull newbies where to start and provides longtime fans with fodder for debate. A book for both the casual and hard-core fan, Jethro Tull is an insightful companion to enhance one’s listening pleasure.

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