We Do Crime Fiction

We are 280 Steps, a publishing house specializing in crime fiction. The name is taken from master crime writer Raymond Chandler’s 1940 novel Farewell, My Lovely, the second novel he wrote featuring L.A. private eye Philip Marlowe. We publish acclaimed authors, exciting new voices and occasionally reprint crime classics.


Digital Review Copies of our titles are available to download on Edelweiss. The links below will connect you with some of the titles available. You can also direct review copy requests of any of our titles to publicity(at) with details of title requested, blog or publication where the review will appear, and your full contact information.

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You can find a list of our subagents ordered by territory below. If you are interested in one of our titles in one of these territories, please contact the appropriate subagent directly. For all other territories, contact

Czech Republic and Slovakia

Kristin Olson Literary Agency
Klimentska 24
110 00 Praha 1, Czech Republic
Tel: +48 22 895-2000
Fax: +48 22 895-2001
Contact: Kristin Olson


Agence Michelle Lapautre
91 ter, rue du Cherche-Midi
75006 Paris, France
Tel: +33 (0)1 47 34 82 41
Fax: +33 (0)1 47 34 00 90
Contact: Catherine Lapautre


Agence Hoffman
Landshuter Allee 49
80637 München, Germany
Tel: +49 (0)89 540 47 38-0
Fax: +49 (0)89 540 47 38-20
Contact: Claudia Lichte

Hungary and Croatia

Andrew Nurnberg Literary Agency Budapest
Gori ut 20
Budapest, Hungary, 1123
Tel: +420 222 582 042
Fax: +420 222 580 048
Contact: Blanka Engi


Clementina Liuzzi Literary Agency
via Filippo Civinini 20
00197 Roma, Italy
Tel: +39 06 83651138
Fax: +39 06 96701579
Contact: Clementina Liuzzi


EYA (Eric Yang Agency)
3F. e B/D 20, Seochojungang-ro 33-gil, Seocho-gu
Seoul, 137-803 Rep. of KOREA
Tel: +82-2-592-3356
Fax: +82-2-592-3359
Contact: Jackie Yang


Graal Literary Agency
Pruszkowska 29/252
02-119 Warsaw, Poland
Tel: +48 22 895-2000
Fax: +48 22 895-2001
Contact: Tomasz Berezinski


Nurcihan Kesim Literary Agency
Yesilcesme Sokak 7/5 Goztepe
Istanbul, 34730, Turkey
Tel: +90 (0) 216 369 12 38
Contact: Filiz Karaman


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Under the Dixie Moon


Under the Carib Sun




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Ryan David Jahn

Ryan David Jahn published his first novel, Acts of Violence, which went on to win the CWA John Creasey Dagger, in 2009, and has since published five others: Low Life (2010); The Dispatcher (2011), which was long-listed for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger and named by the Financial Times as one of the 50 best thrillers of the last five years; The Last Tomorrow (2012); The Gentle Assassin (2014); and Dark Hours. Translation rights to his works have been sold in twelve languages.

He lives in Louisville, KY.

Books by Ryan David Jahn:

The Algebra of Blood

Rusty Barnes

Rusty Barnes grew up in rural northern Appalachia. He's written three books of poetry, two collections of short stories and a full-length novel, Reckoning. He is also an editor for and co-founder of Night Train, an annual literary journal. He lives in Revere, MA.

Books by Rusty Barnes:


Eric Beetner

Eric Beetner is the author of Rumrunners, The Devil Doesn't Want Me, When the Devil Comes to Call,Run For The Money, The Lawyer: Six Guns at Sundown, The Backlist, Nine Toes in the Grave, Dig Two Graves, The Year I Died Seven Times, White Hot Pistol, Stripper Pole At the End Of The World, the story collection A Bouquet Of Bullets, co-author (with JB Kohl) of the novels One Too Many Blows To The Head, Borrowed Trouble and Over Their Heads.

He lives in Los Angeles where he co-hosts the Noir at the Bar reading series.

Books by Eric Beetner:

The Devil Doesn't Want Me
When the Devil Comes to Call

C.J. Howell

C.J. Howell spent many years bartending and writing in mountain towns before getting a master's degree in creative writing from the University of Colorado. He has published short stories in various literary magazines and his first novel, The Last of the Smoking Bartenders, was named a best crime fiction debut of 2014 in Booklist Magazine. He lives in Scottsdale, AZ.

Books by C.J. Howell:

The Hundred Mile View

Christopher Irvin

Christopher Irvin is the author of Safe Inside the Violence, Burn Cards and Federales, as well as short stories featured in several publications, including Thuglit, Beat to a Pulp, and Shotgun Honey. He lives in Boston, MA with his wife and two sons.

Books by Christopher Irvin:

Safe Inside the Violence
Burn Cards

Andrew Nette

Andrew Nette is the author of Ghost Money and co-editor of the non-fiction book Beat Girls, Love Tribes and Real Cool Cats: Pulp Fiction and Youth Culture, 1950-1980. His popular website, Pulp Curry, contains reviews, features and interviews on a broad range of topics relating to crime fiction, film and popular culture. He lives in Melbourne.

Books by Andrew Nette:

Gunshine State

Jake Hinkson

Jake Hinkson is the author of several books, including the novels Hell On Church Street, The Posthumous Man, and The Big Ugly, the short story collection The Deepening Shade, and the essay collection The Blind Alley: Exploring Film Noir’s Forgotten Corners. Born in Arkansas and raised in the Ozarks, he currently lives in Chicago.

Jonathan Woods

Jonathan Woods is the award-winning author of Bad Juju & Other Tales of Madness and Mayhem, A Death in Mexico and Phone Call from Hell and Other Tales of the Damned. In 2014 he wrote and produced a short neo-noir film entitled Swingers Anonymous, based on his short story of the same title, which was screened at the Cannes Film Festival. He lives in Texas.

Books by Jonathan Woods:

Kiss the Devil Good Night

Ro Cuzon

The blues and getting punched in the face were the two biggest influences in Ro Cuzon's development as a writer. Born in Brittany, France, Ro boxed for several years as a teenager and dropped out of high school to play guitar in a band. He has lived in France, San Francisco, the Caribbean, and Brooklyn, and finally settled in the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans. He's earned money as a waiter, bartender, construction worker, painter, landscaper, as well as other, unmentionable activities.

Books by Ro Cuzon:

Under the Dixie Moon
Under the Carib Sun

Court Haslett

A San Francisco and Bay Area resident for over 20 years, Court Haslett's work has been short-listed for the Faulkner-Wisdom Award. He is a regular reviewer of books and TV for Criminal Element, as well as a contributor to Huffington Post.

Books by Court Haslett:

Trouble No More

Nolan Knight

Nolan Knight was born the winter of 1981 in Los Angeles' South Bay. Along with his featured fiction publications in Thuglit, Needle Magazine and Shotgun Honey, various articles and interviews conducted have appeared in Los Angeles' biggest music publication, the L.A. Record. He currently resides in Redondo Beach.

His debut novel, The Neon Lights are Veins, will be published by 280 Steps in December 2016.

Patrick Shawn Bagley

Patrick Shawn Bagley's stories of hardscrabble life and rural mayhem have appeared in Crimespree Magazine, Thrilling Detective, Spinetingler, The Iconoclast, and the anthology Uncage Me. He lives and writes on a dead-end dirt road in a one-stoplight town in Maine.

Books by Patrick Shawn Bagley:

Bitter Water Blues

Mark Rapacz

Mark Rapacz is the author of City Kaiju, which won a 2014 Golden Goodis for best work of science fiction, and Foreigners (Waeguk). His stories have appeared in a number of publications, including Plots with Guns, Revolver, Thuglit, Dark Corners and The Booked. Anthology. He and his wife live in Minneapolis where he continues to write stories.

Boondoggle will be published by 280 Steps in fall 2016.

Max Everhart

Max Everhart is the author of Alphabet Land and the Eli Sharpe mysteries Go Go Gato, Split to Splinters and Ed, Not Eddie. He lives in South Carolina.

Books by Max Everhart:

Alphabet Land

Eryk Pruitt

Eryk Pruitt is a screenwriter, filmmaker and the author of HASHTAG and Dirtbags. His short film FOODIE won several awards at film festivals across the US, and his fiction has appeared in Thuglit, Shotgun Honey, The Avalon Literary Review, Pulp Modern, Speculative Edge and Pantheon Magazine, among others.

He lives in Durham, NC.

Books by Eryk Pruitt:


Marc E. Fitch

Marc E. Fitch is the author of Dirty Water, Paranormal Nation: Why America Needs Ghosts, UFOs, and Bigfoot and the novels Old Boone Blood and Paradise Burns. His fiction has appeared in such publications as ThugLit, The Big Click, eHorror, Horror Society and Massacre. He currently lives in Harwinton, CT.

Books by Marc E. Fitch:

Dirty Water

Roy Chaney

Roy Chaney's first novel, The Ragged End of Nowhere, won the Tony Hillerman Prize for best debut mystery set in the American Southwest. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri.

Books by Roy Chaney:

Seven Times Dead

Nikki Dolson

Nikki Dolson lives in Las Vegas, and when she’s not writing she’s designing underground utilities and wrangling civil engineers. Her debut novel will be published by 280 Steps on March 7, 2017.

Timothy Friend

Timothy Friend has written and directed two feature films, and his fiction has appeared in a variety of publications such as Thuglit and Needle. His story ”Dog Night” was listed among the distinguished stories of the year in Best American Mysteries 2013. His novella Gunmen was published in July 2015. He lives in Kansas.

His debut novel, The Pretenders, will be published by 280 Steps in Spring 2017.

JJ DeCeglie

JJ DeCeglie directed the feature film Jugular and is the author of the novella the sea is not yet full, the short story collection In The Same Streets You'll Wander Endlessly, and the novels Damned Good and Ennui and Despair. He lives in Western Australia.

His neo-noir novel, Drawing Dead, will be published by 280 Steps in Spring 2017.

James Pate

James Pate is the author of The Fassbinder Diaries, and his fiction has appeared in Black Warrior Review, storySouth, New Delta Review, Cream City Review, Pembroke Journal and Berkeley Fiction Review, among other places. He lives in West Virginia.

His new novel, Speed of Life, will be published by 280 Steps in Spring 2017.

Todd Morr

Todd Morr is the author of If You're Not One Percent, Captain Cooker and Jesus Saves, Satan Invests. He has also had work appear in Out of the Gutter, Shotgun Honey and The Big Adios. He lives in Central California.

Books by Todd Morr:

If You're Not One Percent

Ed Brock

Ed Brock has been a crime reporter and journalist for more than 15 years, with a two year break to teach English in Japan.

Pale in Death is his first novel. He lives in the Atlanta area.

Books by Ed Brock:

Pale in Death




Autumn Crime Time
Eric Beetner

@ 2:00pm

Mysterious Galaxy
San Diego, CA



NoirCon Noir at the Bar
w/ Andrew Nette and Jonathan Woods

@ 6:30pm - 11:00pm

Pen & Pencil Club
Philadelphia, PA



Texas Book Fest/Lit Crawl Noir at the Bar w/ Jonathan Woods

@ 9:30pm

Weather Up Bars
Austin, TX


We are looking for crime, mystery, noir and thriller novels—standalone or first in a series. Note that we're currently not looking for short story collections or novellas.

Before submitting a manuscript to us, please familiarize yourself with the types of books we publish and our list of authors.

For agented submissions, please contact

Unagented submissions:
If you're an author from the US, UK, Australia or Canada and think you’ve written something that would be a good fit for us, here’s what we need:​

1. Send your submission to with Submission: Your manuscript title in the subject line.
2. In the body of the email, please include full name, pen name (if any), word count, genre, a brief synopsis, author bio and similar titles/authors (if any).
3. Attach the entire manuscript in Microsoft Word format.
4. Include a list of publishers the work has been submitted to if it is still under consideration. Please notify us immediately if you have accepted an offer from another publisher.
5. You may present any manuscript in which you control exclusive copyright. We are open to previously-published manuscripts as long as the submitting author controls all publishing rights.​
6. The ideal 280 Steps manuscript length is 45,000-80,000 words, so please include the word count.

You will receive an email confirmation that we have received your submission immediately. If your manuscript keeps us up late at night, turning pages, you'll hear from us within 6 weeks.

We look forward to reading your manuscript.

The 280 Steps Editorial Team

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