Laird Barron’s Isaiah Coleridge Series to Continue Next May with ‘Black Mountain’

Last year, Laird Barron made headlines when it was announced that he’d be switching genres and trying his hand at crime fiction. Then, earlier this year, readers got their first taste of a Barron-penned thriller when Blood Standard, the first book in his all-new Isaiah Coleridge series came out back in May to positive reviews. 

Now, continuing to build on the foundation laid in Blood Standard, Coleridge is set to return in Barron’s next book, Black Mountain, and we’ve got all the details below!


Black MountainEx-mob enforcer Isaiah Coledrige has hung out a shingle as a private eye in New York’s Hudson Valley, and in his newest case, a seemingly simple murder investigation leads him to the most terrifying enemy he has ever faced

When a small-time criminal named Harold Lee turns up in the Ashokan reservoir–sans a heartbeat, head, or hands–the local Mafia capo hires Isaiah Coleridge to look into the matter. The Mob likes crime, but only the crime it controls…and as it turns out, Lee is the second independent contractor to meet a bad end on the business side of a serrated knife. One such death can be overlooked. Two makes a man wonder.

A guy in Harold Lee’s business would make his fair share of enemies, and it seems a likely case of pure revenge. But as Coledrige turns over more stones, he finds himself dragged into something deeper and more insidious than he could have imagined, in a labyrinthine case spanning decades. At the center are an heiress moonlighting as a cabaret dancer, a powerful corporation with high-placed connections, and a serial killer who may have been honing his skills since the Vietnam War…


Though it’s not scheduled for publication until May 7, 2019, Black Mountain is available for pre-order here, or anywhere else books are sold.


Praised as “one of today’s finest book reviewers” by New York Times bestselling author Gayle Lynds, Ryan Steck (“The Godfather of the thriller genre” — Ben Coes) 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.

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