New York Times bestselling author Robert Crais has agreed to a new three-book deal to stay with his current publisher, Putnam Books, an imprint at Penguin.
While no publications dates have been announced, I’ve been told that Crais’ next book will follow his most recent release, The Wanted, which came out on December 26th, 2017, but will primarily feature the character Joe Pike over Elis Cole.
Crais, 64, has written twenty-one novels and is widely regarded as one of the most talented crime writers working today. His career began in 1987 when his first book, The Monkey’s Raincoat, which introduced readers to investigator Elvis Cole, was published and received critical praise. That debut went on to win several awards, including the Anthony Award (Best Paperback Original), and the Macavity Award (Best First Novel) and was nominated for the coveted Edgar Award.
Since then, Crais has received the WMA Grand Master Award in 2014, which is the highest honor bestowed by the Mystery Writers of America. His books regularly debut high on the New York Times bestsellers list, with Taken (2012) reaching #1 in the Hardcover fiction category. His novel Hostage (2001), was eventually adapted into a screenplay and made into a movie starring Bruce Willis.
Praised as “one of today’s finest book reviewers” by New York Times bestselling author Gayle Lynds, Ryan Steck has “quickly established himself as the authority on mysteries and thrillers” (Author A.J. Tata). He currently lives in Southwest Michigan with his wife and their six children.