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Sourcebooks/Poisoned Pen

When powerful men pull strings to get what they want... someone almost always ends up dead.

There's not much that would convince retired police sergeant Ryan DeMarco to take on another private investigation case, but he can't refuse a nine-year-old Michigan girl begging for help finding her biological father. The road trip to the Upper Peninsula promises DeMarco and his partner, Jayme, a chance to heal from their last case, which ended in a traumatic brush with death for DeMarco. But things aren't as they first appear in the woods of Michigan, and the seemingly simple paternity investigation soon morphs into something deadly.

The deeper DeMarco, Jayme, and the rest of their team dig, the more ugly truths they reveal, all while doing their best to keep one member of their team, from falling prey to her own kind of darkness. This investigation just might be the most emotionally troubling one DeMarco and Jayme have yet encountered, for there are plenty of people who will do whatever it takes to shut them down before the truth comes to light.




Sourcebooks/Poisoned Pen

“No Woods So Dark as These has indeed all the signs and qualities of another masterpiece by Randall Silvis. And yet no two of his books are alike… This is not your usual page-turner: you definitely want to turn the pages, but with dread, because you feel something coming… And so after four hundred pages of this slow build-up, when you think the book is over, you have this adrenaline-packed Part V that will keep you totally stunned. I honestly needed two days to recover.”  ~ Criminal Element 

“Powerful… Randall Silvis writes tightly and smoothly, and the criminals he offers have clear roots in poverty and in the lack of an affectionate and honest upbringing. Plot twists and tension come rapidly…but Silvis also writes a deeper set of questions into his novels… If you're not yet reading Randall Silvis, this is the moment to get going.”  ~ Kingdom Books

“From a horrifying, explosive beginning to a heart-wrenching conclusion, No Woods So Dark as These is an engrossing and twisted mystery… Randall Silvis possesses a noted gift for lyrical imagery and for in-depth psychology.” ~ Reading Reindeer

“An absolute must read for lovers of the Ryan DeMarco series…a fast moving and dark story of murder and mayhem…. It will leave you speechless.” ~ BlueStocking Reviews

“No Woods So Dark as These is absolutely riveting and held my rapt attention from beginning to end. The characters are well-developed and portrayed as very complex, humane, intelligent individuals. I loved everything about them… The ending is a jaw-dropping, heart-stopping moment.”

~, a Goodreads Top 1% Reviewer, an Amazon Top Reviewer

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.


Attention all fiction and creative non-fiction writers! Full scholarships for all who qualify! Come study with me this February-March at the beautiful Atlantic Center for the Arts. Get your applications in now! 

"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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