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Maxim Jakubowski is a London-based novelist and editor. He was born in the UK and educated in France. Following a career in book publishing, he opened the world-famous Murder One bookshop in London. He now writes full-time. He has two books of erotic photography, as well as many acclaimed crime collections. His novels include It's You That I Want To Kiss, Because She Though She Loved Me and On Tenderness Express, all three recently collected and reprinted in the USA as Skin In Darkness. Other books include Life In The Word of Women, The State of Montana, Kiss Me Sadly and Confessions Of A Romantic Pornographer. In 2006 he published American Casanova, a major erotic novel which he edited and on which fifteen of the top erotic writers in the world have collaborated, and his collected erotic short stories as Fools For Lust. He compiles two annual acclaimed series for the Mammoth list: Best New Erotica and Best British Crime. He is a winner of the Anthony and the Karel Awards, a frequent TV and radio broadcaster, a past crime columnist for the Guardian newspaper and Literary Director of London's Crime Scene Festival.
A bold, hugely original, multi-genre, cracking read. A private eye in a reimagined New York, where the internet and electronic data is as dead as a dodo, is asked to trace a woman. Within the first few words Maxim Jakubowski thoroughly set the scene, within a short time I felt a part of this world, could stand in the streets and take a gawking look around me. The clipped sentences of the investigator hark back to private eye novels, yet this is no caricature. The characters sing with intensity, sitting on the edge of larger than life, they feel as real as real can be. I smirked, raised my eyebrows, and flinched (oh how I flinched), as we cleaved through dystopian, slipped inside erotica, and smashed into supernatural. Right up my street, I absolutely adored this read. ‘The Louisiana Republic’ is a tale that refuses to be labelled, it is quite simply a raw, provocative, unique experience for lovers of the written word. ~ Liz Robinson
We think of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson, but far more seductive is the pairing of Holmes and Professor James Moriarty, 'the Napoleon of crime' - a rivalry unparalleled in the world of crime fiction. Fiercely intelligent and a relentless schemer, Moriarty is the super-villain as megastar.
With this collection Maxim Jakubowski showcases the impressive breadth of British crime writing, from cosy tales of detection to noir mayhem and psychological suspense and terror. There are puzzles to solve, nagging questions about the nature of British society, but, above all, there are over 40 wonderful, gripping stories to shock, delight and make you think twice, if not three times. Contributors include Simon Kernick, Val McDermid, Alexander McCall Smith, John Lawton, Tim Willocks, Lee Child, Stephen Gallagher, Christopher Fowler, Peter Lovesey, David Hewson. New to this series are Will Carver, Christopher J. Simmons, Susan Everett, Tim Willocks, Dreda Say Mitchell, Kate Rhodes, Rhys Hughes, Paul Charles, Howard Linskey, Peter Guttridge, Mary Hoffman and Ros Asquith. Full list of contributors: Lee Child; Kevin Wignall; Will Carver; Paul Charles; Val McDermid; Paul Johnston; Alison Bruce; Tim Willocks; Maxim Jakubowski; Rhys Hughes; Edward Marston; N. J. Cooper; Michael Z. Lewin; Peter Guttridge; Mary Hoffman; Peter Tremayne; Kate Rhodes; Paul D. Brazill; Ros Asquith; Amy Myers; Alexander McCall Smith; Nina Allan; Peter Turnbull; Jay Stringer; Martin Edwards; Zoe Sharp; Col Bury; David Stuart Davies; Howard Linskey; Susan Everett; Christopher Fowler; Dreda Say Mitchell; Roger Busby; Simon Kernick; Peter Lovesey; David Hewson; Gerard Brennan; Jane Casey; Christopher J. Simmons; Stephen Gallagher; John Lawton.
This is an unputdownable short erotic fiction from the most outstanding writers in the field. Once again, Maxim Jakubowski has put together a masterful selection of over 40 stories of sexual encounters from every corner of the world.
The perfect book for any lover of Crime Fiction, featuring a captivating group of authors; from Alexander McCall Smith (of The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency Series), to Lee Child (Jack Reacher series) and adding a different energy, the occasional ace of a wild card. Edited by the renowned Maxim Jakubowski (keep your eyes peeled for his story), announces you are in safe hands and in for a real treat. There’s a host of diverse dynamic short stories, you can choose to dip in and out or devour the entire book in one sitting. Each story packs a different punch; prepare for feints, look out for snares, expect to be walloped.
A young Italian woman flees her home in Rome and gets involved with the wrong man in ParisCornelia, the fearless stripper and killer for hire, who proved such a hit in previous novels, is back and on another mission to kill.As the two women’s paths intersect, an English crime writer down on his luck is mistaken for a private eye and goes on a quest for a missing personFrom New York to Paris, and then on a thrilling journey through Barcelona, Tangiers, Venice and then finally to a small medieval town outside Rome, the waltz with darkness of the three characters in search of love, lust and redemption becomes ever more poignant and mysterious.
An fascinating, detailed collection put together by our very own crime editor, Maxim Jakubowski. Crime writers, journalists and critics investigate the cities where crime writers have set their books. Wonderful for the literary tourist and a fascinating read for the armchair traveller too.
The next volume in this series where the theme for each is a particular city. Paris, known as the most romantic city in the world, gets the sexy treatment.
The next instalment of stories and this time all have a Dublin based theme. Fun sexy and erotic stories for you to enjoy.
The first in a new series of anthologies, each devoted to a specific city and its concealed, hidden side, unleashes some of the best writers in the genre on London, its charms and sexual secrets. Features Kristina Lloyd, long listed Booker prize author Matt Thorne, Justine Elyot, Evening Standard film critic Neil Norman and many others. More educational and varied than the A to Z!
The latest volume in the bestselling series that annually gathers the best stories of the year garnered from all over the world in print and online. Over 500 pages of the most red hot tales around of lust and love. The 45 stories feature every single sexual variation and combination from the best authors in the field. Features Laurence Klavan, Nikki Magennis, Alison Tyler, Rachel Kramer Bussel, EllaRegina and countless others.
Some of the Latest and Best from the Whodunnit GenreThe Book of Extraordinary Impossible Crimes and Puzzling Deaths is the latest collection from legendary murder mystery editor and writer Maxim Jakubowski. Filled with impossible murders and puzzling plot twists that keep your eyes on the page and brain on the mysteries until the last page. Clever fictional crime stories. Some of mystery fiction's most inventive talents from the USA and UK offer a series of brand-new ingenious murder stories that will have you scratching your brow until the very last minute and delighting in Machiavellian solutions. Enjoy the third volume in Mango's innovative collections of the best crime stories fiction has to offer. Enigmas and puzzling plot twists. Crime mystery fiction can be full of impenetrable conundrums and endless question marks when the story itself becomes a reality-defying puzzle for the sleuth to solve. A murder has been committed but how could it have happened? Was the room locked from the inside? Was the suspect or killer actually close to the scene or miles away? Why does the body show no sign of violence? Where is the murder weapon? Was the right person actually killed? Fresh innovative murder stories. The locked room murder genre has always been a favorite. Collected by Maxim Jakubowski, one of the genre's eminent award-winning editors, his latest book features never before seen stories by some of the most renowned American and British crime and thriller authors of today, including British Science Fiction Award winner Eric Brown, Derringer Award winner O'Neil de Noux, and multiple CWA Dagger Award winners and nominees. A fan of Maxim Jakubowski's The Book of Extraordinary Historical Mystery Stories and The Book of Extraordinary Amateur Sleuth and Private Eye Stories? Reader of books such as Best American Mystery Stories 2018, Her Body and Other Parties, or The Big Book of Female Detectives? A movie goer who liked Clue or Knives Out? Jakubowski's latest book is for you.
A Cornucopia of the Best New MysteriesIf you're a fan of The Best American Mystery Stories series, Sleep No More: Six Murderous Tales by P. D. James or Her Body and Other Stories by Carmen Maria Machado, you'll love The Book of Extraordinary Amateur Sleuths and Private Eye Stories. Collected by one of the genre's eminent editors, Maxim Jakubowski: One of the best mystery books of the 21st century, this volume features outstanding new stories of crime, derring-do, fast-paced adventures, and puzzles, featuring hardy amateur detectives ranging from young to old and grizzled private eyes whose patches cover the city streets, all in the hallowed tradition of Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot, and Philip Marlowe. Never-Before-Seen Stories from Your Favorite Mystery Authors: Jakubowski's many anthologies, like The Book of Extraordinary Historical Mystery Stories, have attracted plenty of attention and awards. His newest collection, The Book of Extraordinary Amateur Sleuths and Private Eye Stores, features never-before-seen stories by some of the most renowned American and British crime and thriller authors of today. Whether the victim was done in at the party uptown or discovered in the other room of a particularly difficult woman or man, these mysteries will have you reading at the edge of your seat.
Crime and mystery aficionado Maxim Jakubowski has gathered 17 short stories from an oh so talented bunch of writers for your reading pleasure. In his introduction, Maxim explains that each author has offered: “a brand new story to celebrate the genre, irrespective of theme, period, or style… every one came up trumps with a tale that epitomises their storytelling talent”. Shall I tease you by saying a new Jack Reacher story features, or let you know that authors from the US, UK, France and Israel have contributed? I love anthologies and just adored Invisible Blood. I threw caution to the wind, let the book open where it wanted, and jumped in. I found and adored the stories from some of my favourite authors. I met a couple of new writers, whose words really connected, and left me wanting more. I particularly love a satisfying short story, there really is nothing like that intense burst of gratifying pleasure. So, if you need a crime and mystery fix, look no further, as Maxim himself says: “we are experiencing a Golden Age of crime and mystery writing”. Invisible Blood slips so easily into being one of my picks of the month, I was absolutely wowed by it!
Your New Favorite Book of MysteriesIf you are a fan of The Best American Mystery Stories series, you'll love The Book of Extraordinary Historical Mystery Stories. Some of the Best New Mysteries: The Book of Extraordinary Historical Mystery Stories features outstanding new stories of crime, dering do, fast-paced adventures and puzzles set in the past, ranging widely over the centuries and offering a cornucopia of mysteries, dark deeds, investigations and a fascinating array of investigators both professional and amateur. Never-Before-Seen Stories from Your Favorite Mystery Authors: Collected by one of the genre's eminent editors, Maxim Jakubowski, whose many anthologies like The Mammoth Book of the Adventures of Professor Moriarty have attracted attention and awards, The Book of Extraordinary Historical Mystery Stories features never before seen stories by some of the most renowned American and British crime and thriller authors of today, and includes Linda Stratmann, Amy Myers, Lavie Tidhar, Jane Finnis, O'Neil de Noux, Ashley Lister, Eric Brown, Kate Ellis, A.K. Benedict and many others.
122 fantastic stories from Britain's best crime writers For ten years the Mammoth Best British Crime series has been publishing an annual volume of the most outstanding crime and mystery short fiction published in the UK. Over 400 stories by the very best writers in the field have been published. Contributors have included, among many others, Mark Billingham, Liza Cody, Roger Jon Ellory, Reginald Hill, Peter James, Simon Kernick, Alexander McCall Smith, Val McDermid, John Mortimer, Anne Perry, Ian Rankin, Derek Raymond and Andrew Taylor. On several occasions, stories published in The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime have won some of the most prestigious awards in the field, including the Crime Writers Association Short Story Dagger, The Mystery Writers of America Edgar award and the Anthony award, while countless others have featured on the respective shortlists. This truly bumper collection of over 120 stories, an omnibus edition of Volumes 7, 8 and 9, showcases as ever the impressive breadth of crime writing, from cosy tales of detection to noir mayhem and psychological suspense and terror. There are puzzles to solve, nagging questions about the nature of the society in which we live, but, above all, there is an abundance of first-class entertainment. Over 1600 pages of outstanding crime fiction by: Lin Anderson, Kate Atkinson, Ian Ayris, Ray Banks, Robert Barnard, Colin Bateman, Mark Billingham, Nigel Bird, Tony Black, Stephen Booth, Paul D. Brazill, Simon Brett, Gerard Brennan, Christopher Brookmyre, Alison Bruce, Ken Bruen, Declan Burke, Col Bury, Tom Cain, Ann Cleeves, Liza Cody, Natasha Cooper, Bernie Crosthwaite, Judith Cutler, Colin Dexter, Martin Edwards, Matthew J. Elliott, Kate Ellis, R. J. Ellory, Chris Ewan, Christopher Fowler, Simon R. Green, Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Allan Guthrie, Sophie Hannah, John Harvey, Mick Herron, David Hewson, Reginald Hill, Matt Hilton, Kate Horsley, Peter James, Paul Johnston, L. Kennedy, Bill Kirton, John Lawton, Simon Levack, Michael Z. Lewin, Toby Litt, Peter Lovesey, Phil Lovesey, Stuart MacBride, Adrian Magson, Barry Maitland, Alexander McCall Smith, Keith McCarthy, Val McDermid, Brian McGilloway, Denise Mina, Steve Mosby, Edward Marston, Amy Myers, Barbara Nadel, Stuart Neville, Christine Poulson, Ian Rankin, Sarah Rayne, Peter Robinson, Nicholas Royle, Zo Sharp, Roz Southey, Sally Spedding, Jay Stringer, Andrew Taylor, Marilyn Todd, Peter Turnbull, L. C. Tyler, Simon Kernick, Nick Quantrill, Sheila Quigley, Louise Welsh, Marc Werner and Kevin Wignall.
The KC SuiteMemories of an affair in words and stolen dialogue, as a lover reconstructs the anatomy of lust and love and the dangerous ways in which they combine.A Map of The PainA married woman flees her past life and goes on the road. A sexual calvary of encounters and degradation which climaxes in a dangerous club in New Orleans.Hotel Room FuckTwo strangers meet and explore their limits in a torrent of passion which quickly spills over into the more extreme side of BDSM.Bottomless on BourbonLovers come together and come apart in the lusty atmosphere of New Orelans' French Quarter, with encounters of all sorts and a vocabulary of desire stretched to its very limits.Edward Hopper Doesn't Live Here Any MoreA hired assassin on a job in downtown Los Angeles comes across a submissive woman who witnesses his hit. Should he spare her or not.The Rise and Fall of The Burlesque EmpireA tale of time and travel and Times Square from the age of burlesque to the seedy years of peep joints and sex shows.
Reading and selecting the best from over 4000 submissions, Maxim Jakubowski has composed a new volume of the best erotic writing from 2001-2002. Contributors come from around the world and include a mixture of established writers and bright new talent. Although the final list has yet to be confirmed, outstanding works from the pens of Matt Thorne, Simon Sheppard, Lawrence Schimel, M. Christian, Neil Gaiman and Marilyn Jaye Lewis have already been chosen for inclusion in this volume.
Reading and selecting the best from over 4000 submissions, Maxim Jakubowski has composed a new volume of the best erotic writing of 2003. Contributors come from around the world and include a mixture of established writers and bright new talent.
This is a fabulous collection of new writing from all over the world during 2003-4, selected by bestselling editor Maxim Jakubowski. These tales explore the extraordinary variety of the erotic experience, as men and women play out the eternal rhythms of desire. Here is explicit sexual drama in all its forms from some of the best writers in the field.
In the realm of the senses, everything can be explored. A fabulous collection of new writing from all over the world during 2004-05, selected by bestselling editor Maxim Jakubowski. These tales explore the extraordinary variety of the erotic experience, as men and women play out the eternal rhythms of desire. Here is explicit sexual drama in all its forms from some of the best writers in the field.
Maxim Jakubowski's skilful editorship has resulted in a collection of the best erotic writing from 2000-2001. Contributors come from the UK and America, plus Europe, the Antipodes, South America and the Asian subcontinent. The book contains a mixture of established talents such as Michael Hemmingson, M. Christian, Marilyn Jaye Lewis, Susannah Indigo, Sarah Veitch and Mark Ramsden, plus acclaimed authors who are welcome newcomers to this genre, such as Lauren Henderson, Matt Thorne and Helen Lederer. Stories include: Saucy goings-on in a British Rail carriage(Helen Lederer) A trilogy of stories about threesomes - as seen from all angles! (Daniel James Cabrillo) The merits of Jane Austen vs the Internet when it comes to steamy sex (Lauren Henderson) The not-so-secret life of a cinema usherette(Jacqueline Lucas) A young man follows an Internet trail of sex with surprising results (Matt Thorne) The erotic interaction between an author and his editor (Anya Ross)
A collection of five winning stories from the 'Escape to Erotica' competition held by Xcite Books and Erotica. With a central theme of 'escape' these stories offer the readers a wonderful opportunity to leave behind their daily lives and escape to somewhere far more pleasurable.Olive Oil and Another World by Maxim JacubowskiA London journalist and a beautiful woman meet at a Food Trade Fair in Paris where she is selling extra pure virgin olive oil. They meet, connect and both dream of escape to other shores. Will the relationship survive the night?Escape by Kitty LusciousLara Groves is escaping to the Scilly Isles. The remote cottage she has hired has no internet, no phone line and no mobile reception. But she is not quite cut off from the outside world. When two sexy young surfers offer to pop by and check shes OK Lara doesnt refuse them. In fact, when she sees their gorgeous fit young bodies at close quarters, Lara realises she is not about to refuse them anything at all.Swept Away by Demelza HartKitty is breaking free a few days road trip with no plans other than to find an adventure what could be better? Picking up a fellow traveller is not part of her plans, but hes certainly easy on the eye. And when he introduces her to his equally gorgeous friend, who owns a secluded restaurant in the mountains, Kitty finds herself on an adventure she couldnt have anticipated.The Flight by Ian PerrottA long haul flight on a half empty plane, Jennifer isnt pleased when the seats on either side of her are occupied at the last minute by two men. Shed been hoping to catch up on her sleep. But the guys have other plans for Jennifer and she happily swaps sleep for the prospect of her own personal sexy in flight entertainment. Except that she soon discovers the two men arent quite what they seem.Elles Present from Charlie by LWCharlie is Elles long distance lover. They talk every day and he sends sensual presents from Australia, although they never meet. But a virtual lover isnt enough for Elle she needs more. Charlie may be far away but James, her new engineer, is right in front of her and hes happy to be a real live substitute for Charlie any time she likes.;