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"A poignant and gritty thriller that reveals humanity's best and worst." ~ Kate Kassler, bestselling author

"The rare crime novel infused with both darkness and light. The characters are so real I expected to meet them for drinks at the end of the day." ~ Kelly Simmons, international selling author of Where She Went and One More Day

"Well-crafted prose, smart dialogue,and complex characters create a chilling thriller."  ~ Mary Burton, New York Times and USA Today best selling author 


There are good reasons to fear the dark...


Former Sergeant Ryan DeMarco's life has been spent in defiance―he's defied death, loneliness, and betrayal all while fighting the worst parts of humanity. He's earned a break, and following the devastation of their last case, DeMarco and his girlfriend Jayme want nothing more than to live quietly in each other's company. To forget the horrors they've experienced and work on making each other whole again.


But dreams of a peaceful life together are shattered when two bodies are discovered in a smoldering car in the woods, and another is found brutally mutilated nearby. Much as he'd like to leave the case to his former colleagues, dark forces are at play and DeMarco cannot escape the vortex of lies, betrayal, and desperation. He and Jayme are dragged back into the fray, where they must confront the shady dealings of a close-knit rural community.


In the highly-anticipated fourth installment in his critically-acclaimed series, Randall Silvis returns with a case that might break Ryan DeMarco for good.



Sourcebooks/Poisoned Pen

“Silvis is at it again, striving for a blend of crime story and literature, mutilated bodies and lapidary prose.” Booklist


“Words cannot adequately describe this novel and Silvis’s beautiful writing. He infuses lush, poetic, and evocative descriptions (with) plenty of action and suspense to drive this thriller; however, Silvis has a unique way of reaching down into the soul of his haunted characters… There is darkness, suspense, action, misery, death, violence. Despair and sorrow. But there is also good, beauty, joy, hope, compassion, and light. A series not to be missed!” JDC MustReadBooks, a Top Book of 2019


Just when you think you've reached the bottom...

Ryan DeMarco would rather not go home. Not now, maybe not ever. But when his estranged wife attempts suicide, he has no choice but to return to western Pennsylvania, and all the memories that wait for him there. Unfortunately, it's not only ghosts from the past waiting to greet DeMarco upon his return. An old high school classmate has risen through the ranks to become a county sheriff, and he is desperate for help investigating a series of murders that might tie into a cold case from his and DeMarco's school days.

DeMarco and his new love, Jayme, agree to join the team working on the case. But it's not easy for DeMarco to be walking the streets of his troubled past, and the deeper he and Jayme dig into the disturbing murders the less likely it is that either one of them will escape the devastation.

Ryan DeMarco Mystery Series:
Two Days Gone (Book 1)
Walking the Bones (Book 2)
A Long Way Down (Book 3)


Incident on Ten-Right Road: A Ryan DeMarco Mystery Series prequel novella - And other stories 

Riverdale Avenue Books

These six short stories and the title novella—a Ryan DeMarco series prequel—brilliantly showcase the author’s compelling storytelling coupled with the deep characterization and exquisite prose for which he is known. Murderers, grifters, and other unsavory characters people these stories, but so too do those struggling to make the world a kinder and less dangerous place.

"Silvis is at it again, striving for a blend of crime story and literature, mutilated bodies and lapidary prose." 

~ Booklist

"...deeply satisfying....this solid procedural offers heart-pounding moments of suspense. Silvis smoothly blends moments of exquisite beauty into a sea of darker emotion to create a moving story heavy with the theme of the 'past is never past.'"

 ~ Publishers Weekly  

The Ryan DeMarco Mystery Series


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