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Pre-Order “The Secrets on Chicory Lane”

Raymond’s new stand-alone novel, THE SECRETS ON CHICORY LANE, will be published October 3, 2017, by Skyhorse Publishing. The book is now listed on Amazon and Barnes and Noble for pre-order. Links to retailers can be found here.

Reviews will be posted here as they come in.

Raymond has signing events scheduled for October 4 and October 8 in the Chicago area, and books can be pre-ordered at these outlets as well.

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From the New York Times bestselling author comes a new novel of suspense involving a small town neighborhood street where first love, a child abduction, and abuse collide.

Sixty-one-year-old Shelby Truman, a best-selling romance novelist, receives a request to visit her childhood friend, Eddie, who is on Death Row. Though mentally ill, Eddie is scheduled to be executed for murder.

As Shelby travels home to Texas for the unnerving reunion, she steps into the memories of her past, recalling her stormy five-decade-long relationship with Eddie in order to understand what led the beautiful and talented—but troubled—boy who lived across the street to become a killer.

Shelby fears that her flashbacks, whether they occurred in the nearby public park, in their respective houses, or in their “secret hiding place” where they could escape Eddie’s abusive father, might be shocking . Most significant was the tragedy of one summer that set in motion a lifelong struggle against an Evil—with a capital “E”—that corrupted their all-American neighborhood.

With only a few days left for Eddie to live, Shelby braces herself for a reunion that promises to shed light on the traumatic events that transpired on her street, changing everything Shelby thought she knew about the boy on Chicory Lane.

RB Collection 1/2 Price Sale at Smashwords!

Smashwords, the alternative online source for e-books, is having a half price sale on selected titles beginning March 5 (Sunday) through March 11 (Saturday). During that period, all of the “Essential Raymond Benson Collection” titles published by Crossroad Press will be half price (usually anywhere between $1.50 – $2.00; discount will be applied at checkout)!

You can get the e-books in ANY format (Kindle, Nook, PDF, Sony Reader, etc.).

The Essential Collection includes–
* THE JAMES BOND BEDSIDE COMPANION (classic 1988 edition with a new introduction)
* 12+1: TWELVE SHORT THRILLERS AND A PLAY (anthology of short fiction)

Go to this link. If you’re not a member of Smashwords, it’s free and easy to sign up. SEARCH for “Raymond Benson” or for any of the titles listed above. The sale price should be already listed.

And that’s not all! In a couple of weeks, Amazon will offer THE BLACK STILETTO: THE COMPLETE SAGA (all five books in one e-book) for only 99 cents… but that’s another message. You can be sure a reminder will be posted. 🙂

Short Story Thriller “The MacGuffin” Now Available!

A new short story is now available as an exclusive e-book for Amazon Kindle readers for only 99 cents! “The MacGuffin” is a darkly comic action thriller (originally serialized by HOP.media in 2016 as “The Purple Bag”). 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 bag recovered from an airport baggage claim. The CIA, MI6, Middle Eastern operatives, Japanese Intelligence, and the Mafia all want it… but does anyone really know what’s inside? One thing is clear–whoever’s in possession of it won’t have very long to live.

Order it today!… Scroll down to the Short Stories category on the Books/Fiction & Non-Fiction Page!


“Ice Cold–Tales of Intrigue from the Cold War” (edited by Jeffery Deaver and Raymond Benson) has been nominated for a Silver Falchion Award (Killer Nashville conference) for Best Multi-Author Anthology!


12 + 1 by Raymond BensonNow available! From Crossroad Press, 12 + 1: TWELVE SHORT THRILLERS AND A PLAY 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. You can order it from Amazon.


The Hunt Through Napoleon's Web by Raymond BensonHUNT THROUGH NAPOLEON’S WEB will be re-issued on August 26, 2014 by Titan Books! Originally published in 2010 (but the publisher went out of business), this rollicking tale told in the tradition of the classic pulp adventures features the Indiana Jones-like character of “Gabriel Hunt.” There are six Gabriel Hunt adventures, each one penned by a different author. Raymond wrote the sixth and final one, but you don’t need to read them in any specific order. It’s available as an e-book and mass market paperback. You can order the book from Amazon: Paperback | Kindle ebook


EUROPA UNIVERSALIS IV: WHAT IF?—THE ANTHOLOGY OF ALTERNATE HISTORY is a collection of alternate history tales (a tie-in to the Europa Universalis IV videogame, but the anthology is really separate from the game so you don’t have to be a gamer to enjoy it). Each story tackles an event in history and, well, twists it. Raymond’s story, “To Be or Not To Be,” deals with Shakespeare. Other authors include Harry Turtledove, Janice Gable Bashman, Aaron Rosenberg, Lee Battersby Luke Bean, Felix Cook, James Erwin, Anders Fager, Aidan Darnell Hailes, David Parish-Whitaker, and Rod Rees. Available as e-book on Kindle and other outlets, and print editions coming soon.

Europa Universalis


Ice Cold anthologyThe new Mystery Writers of America short story anthology, ICE COLD: TALES OF INTRIGUE FROM THE COLD WAR, edited by Jeffery Deaver and Raymond Benson, was published by Grand Central on April 1. Jeff and Raymond launched the book at the Mysterious Bookshop in New York City on April 29, followed by a presentation on May 3 at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. The book contains twenty short stories by twenty authors—Jeff and Raymond each contributed a tale—and authors include Sara Paretsky, Laura Lippman, T. Jefferson Parker, John Lescroart, Joseph Finder, Gayle Lynds and John Sheldon, J. A. Jance, Katherine Neville, and ten other terrific writers.

Buy from Amazon: Paperback | Kindle ebook

A HARD DAY’S DEATH, now an Audiobook

THE BLACK STILETTO: STARS & STRIPES won the “Lovey” Award* for Best Suspense Novel of 2013!
*Love is Murder Conference Readers Choice Award

Raymond’s 2008 “rock ‘n’ roll thriller,” A HARD DAY’S DEATH, is now an Audiobook from Audible.com and Crossroad Press! Get it from Audible!