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The Ryan DeMarco Mystery Series
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“The Ryan DeMarco Mystery series by Randall Silvis sets a new standard for noir mystery, a standard not soon to be scaled by any other author any time soon.”

Susan Wingate, host of Dialogue: Between the Lines, Authors on the Air

The stunning conclusion to the
Ryan DeMarco Mystery Series



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“Elegiac…. Silvis delivers crisp action sequences, but most memorable are DeMarco’s long, ruminative digressions that sum up the career of a complicated, honorable man. Readers will be sorry to see the last of him.” ~ Publishers Weekly


“A soulful, deeply felt story.” ~ Kirkus Reviews

“DeMarco is an interesting character: not just your typical ex-cop-with-a-past, but rather a vividly realized, robust, and abundantly human character….a hard-edged, smartly plotted novel.”  ~ Booklist

WHEN ALL LIGHT FAILS is a literary work of art! Literary suspense fiction at its finest. What an epic way to end the spectacular Ryan DeMarco series. I LOVED THIS BOOK! My jaw dropped numerous times…full of suspense and twists. Your heart will break at the tragedy, but I loved the way it ended and found myself not wanting it to end. 5-stars +++ and one of the Top Books of 2021. Luminous and beautifully written. Utterly unputdownable!" 

~ Judith D. Collins



Reflections on Living, Writing, and Dying Well 

The first installment of what is to be a four-part autobiography of the critically acclaimed author Randall Silvis.


Consisting of more than three hundred brief reflections and observations, none longer than a single typed page, this intimate and revealing collection is at turns humorous, informative, poetic, philosophical, and even angry as the author considers not just the art of creative writing but also the writing life, fatherhood, academia, politicians, introversion, the afterlife, solitude, romantic love, and nearly every other subject that has fallen under his scrutiny over the past fifty years. Silvis spares no victims, including himself, in this brutally honest consideration of his life and career, and of the failings and potential of the human species in general. A must-read for lovers of life, literature, and the pursuit of happiness.




Whether you call the sixteen stories and novellas in My Secret Life magical realism, slipstream, fabulism, or New Weird, you are sure to find each of them fascinating. In these stories by acclaimed master of storytelling Randall Silvis, you will encounter both high and low strangeness in the form of a baby dropping into a suburban swimming pool, a tree turning into a boy, UFO abductees, a giant angel falling to Earth, and various other wondrous tales, some humorous, some heart-breaking, all of them mind-bending.


With this collection, Silvis, author of twenty-three previous books, including the internationally acclaimed Ryan DeMarco Mystery Series, returns to the magical realism of his first collection, the Drue Heinz Literature Prize-winning The Luckiest Man in the World, proving once again that he is "a masterful storyteller" (The New York Times Book Review), "a wordsmith extraordinaire" (Booklist), and "a pitch-perfect stylist" (author William Allen), no matter in which genre he writes.


Readers are also treated to bonus pieces from the first and second volumes of his four-part memoir. For readers and students of writing alike, this generous collection from one of America's most prolific and versatile authors is sure to strike a chord.




“Randall Silvis gets to the hearts and souls of his characters like few other, if any, novelists.” 

~ New York Times bestselling author John Lescroart


“Randall Silvis raises the bar so high that after him it’s difficult to read anything else.” 

~ BG Storyteller

Randall Silvis is “a gifted storyteller, a master of complicated human souls…always thought-provoking and insightful. The author's lyrical prose is spellbinding.” 

What's New

Just for kicks, here's the demo of my latest song. 

If you enjoy video poems, or don't know what they are, check out my Spoken Words Series on my YouTube Channel at Author Randall Silvis. And don't forget to also check out the short videos in the "Ask Randall" series, in which you as the reader can ask me a question in the comment section of this video, or on any of my social media platforms, for a chance that your question will be chosen to be answered in a short video. You can ask me about the series, about the characters, or about any of my other works, and I'll do my very best to answer your questions. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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