Tyrus 2013


"The biggest mysteries in our genre are why Reed Coleman isn't already huge, and why Moe Prager isn't already an icon."—Lee Child

"Reed Farrel Coleman is one of the more original voices to emerge from the crime fiction field in the last ten years." —George Pelecanos

"Moe Prager is the man." Janet Evanovich

"Reed Farrel Coleman makes claim to a unique corner of the private detective genre" —Michael Connelly

"One of the most daring writers around ... He writes the books we all aspire to." Ken Bruen

Reed Farrel Coleman Bio


Called a hard-boiled poet by NPR’s Maureen Corrigan and the noir poet laureate in the Huffington Post, Reed Farrel Coleman is the former executive vice president of Mystery Writers of America. He has published fourteen novels: two stand-alones and three series, including seven books in the Moe Prager series. Tower was co-authored with award-winning Irish writer Ken Bruen, and Gun Church was released as an exclusive audio download from Reed’s novels have been translated into seven languages.

He is a three-time recipient of the Shamus Award for Best Detective Novel of the Year and is a two-time Edgar® Award nominee. He has also received the Macavity, Barry, and Anthony Awards. Reed was co-editor of the poetry journals Poetry Bone and The Lineup and the editor of the short story anthology Hard Boiled Brooklyn. His short fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in The Long Island Quarterly, Wall Street Noir, Brooklyn Noir 3, The Darker Mask, These Guns For Hire, Crimespree Magazine, and several other publications.

Reed is an adjunct instructor at Hofstra University and an instructor for MWA U. He lives with his family on Long Island.

Awards and Nominations

Hurt Machine
nominated for the Barry Award for best novel

Tower (with Ken Bruen)
winner of Macavity - best novel
Anthony - best original paperback
Spinetingler Magazine Best Novel - Legends
Book of the Year - Foreward Reviews
Crimespree Magazine - Best Novel of 2009

Empty Ever After
winner of Shamus - best hardcover

Soul Patch
winner of Shamus - best hardcover
also nominated for:
Edgar - best novel
Barry - best novel
Macavity - best novel

The James Deans
winner of Shamus - best paperback original
winner of Barry - best paperback
winner of Anthony - best paperback original

also nominated for:
Edgar - best paperback original
Gumshoe - best mystery
Macavity - best novel

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Contact Info

David Hale Smith
DHS Literary
10711 Preston Rd., Suite 100
Dallas, Texas 75230

Ben Leroy
Tyrus Books

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