Author Stephen Solomita

In addition to the novels (and one novella) listed below, I’ve ghostwritten a dozen books, including westerns, young adult novels, memoirs, police procedurals, thrillers and a courtroom drama. Guaranteed confidentiality precludes my listing them by title.

A Twist of the Knife (Putnam, 1988). Frank Stilley for the Associated Press: “If Solomita gets any better, Wambaugh and Caunitz better look out.”

Force of Nature (Putnam, 1989). Kirkus Reviews: “Fairly boils off the page… easily one of the most atmospheric, moving and thrilling police novels of the year.”

Forced Entry (Putnam, 1990). Charles Champlin in the Los Angeles Times: “Like the earlier books, the new one teems with vitality and with a life view that is finally, defiantly positive.”

Bad to the Bone (Putnam, 1991). Marilyn Stasio in the New York Times: “… the characters talk as naturally as they live and breathe. But the thing about Mr. Solomita is that he always gives you the best ride in town.”

A Piece of the Action (Putnam, 1992). Publishers Weekly: “Solomita offers a well-plotted narrative and nicely evokes New York City a generation ago. This is hard- boiled police fiction at its best.”

A Good Day to Die (Macmillan, 1993). D. A. Ball in Entertainment Weekly: “Roland Means is gritty, intriguing and real enough for thriller fans to demand a dozen more books about him.” Rating: A.

Last Chance for Glory (Macmillan, 1994). Sarah Robinson in the Montgomery Advertiser: “Wonderfully plotted action keeps the reader in the chair and well-drawn and eminently believable characters remain long in one’s mind. Highly recommended.”

Keeplock (Simon & Schuster, 1995), a David Cray novel. Marilyn Stasio in the New York Times: “Like the streetwise detective stories Mr. Cray writes under his real name, Stephen Solomita, this gripping crime novel has the dirt of the city under its fingernails.”

Damaged Goods (Scribner, 1996). Gary Kadet in the Boston Book Review: “Solomita… pours the energy of his craft into the creation of finely detailed supporting characters, each of whom, down to the smallest, walk-on street grafter, has some defining quirk, even if it happens to be a bit of dirty underwear flapping in the breeze.” Damaged Goods was nominated by the International Association of Crime Writers for their Dashiell Hammett award for literary excellence in crime writing.

Trick Me Twice (Bantam, 1998). Mystery Lover Book Review: “An excellent twist on the serial killer genre with plenty of chills to go around.”

No Control (Bantam 1999). Lesley Dunlap for The Mystery Reader: “Clarry is a sympathetic character. Abandoned by her husband when their son was still an infant, she has struggled against overwhelming odds to provide him a supportive home while conscientiously pursuing the police career she loves.”

Bad Lawyer (Carroll & Graf, 2000), a David Cray novel. Marilyn Stasio for the New York Times: “Cray… proves a master manipulator, treating the trial scenes with sardonic humor while taking us through the brick-by-brick process by which Sid builds his brilliant legal case and seals his fate.”

The Poster Boy a novella. Published in the anthology, Criminal Records (Orion, 2000.)

Little Girl Blue (Carroll & Graf, 2002), a David Cray novel. Patrick Anderson for the Washington Post: “The reclusive author should step up and take a bow. Julia Brennan, juggling her professional ambitions, her love life and motherhood, is a first-rate creation, and Little Girl Blue is a notably readable, suspenseful police procedural.”

What You Wish For (Carroll & Graf, 2002), a David Cray Novel. From Publishers Weekly: “Cray knows readers turn to crime fiction to satisfy a need for poetic justice – clean endings, puzzles with all the pieces in place – and he doesn’t disappoint. The villains suffer the nasty fates they deserve; the heroes triumph, ready for the sequel.”

Partners (Carroll & Graf, 2004), a David Cray novel. Wes Lukowsy for Booklist: “An outstanding procedural, both for its chilling portrayal of the killer’s dementia and for its prickly view of a bureaucracy’s painfully slow attempt to contend with it.”

Dead is Forever (Carroll & Graf, 2006), a David Cray novel. David Pitt for Booklist: “The wealthy guy who solves the crime as a diversion from a life of idleness isn’t a new idea… but Cray takes the premise in various new directions all at once. This book is just a whole lot of fun; let’s hope there are plenty more to come.” Starred review.

Monkey in the Middle (Severn House, 2008). From Kirkus Reviews: “When he’s on form, as he is here, Solomita does hard-boiled noir with the best of them.”

Cracker Bling (Severn House, 2009). From Booklist: “Solomita gets this tense, gritty cops-and-robbers drama just right. For aficionados of classic noir, there’s blood, guns, drugs, a disturbing portrayal of New York’s seedy underbelly, and, of course, that overwhelming sense of impending doom.”

Mercy Killing (Severn House, 2010). From Kirkus: “It’s so seldom that a good jolt of noir enlivens a classic whodunit that Solomita deserves full marks for a successful melding.” From Booklist: “A very well crafted novel with a couple of nice surprises and a protagonist readers will want to see again.”

Angel Face (Severn House, 2011). From Booklist: “Top-notch, hard-boiled crime fiction.” From Kirkus: “Solomita serves up a spare, fast, unlikely noir romance that turns out to be highly entertaining.”

Dancer in the Flames (Severn House, 2012). From Publishers Weekly: Solomita seasons his tale with grit and gristle, and Boots deserves more than a one-shot appearance.

The Striver (Severn House, 2015). Coming Soon!

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