Samantha Jayne Allen

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SAMANTHA JAYNE ALLEN has an MFA in fiction from Texas State University. Her writing has been published in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, The Common, and Electric Literature. Raised in small towns in Texas and California, she now lives with her husband in Atlanta. Pay Dirt Road is her debut novel.

Genres: Mystery
New and upcoming books
Annie McIntyre Mystery
   1. Pay Dirt Road (2022)
   2. Hard Rain (2023)
   3. Next of Kin (2024)
Samantha Jayne Allen recommends
Deliver Me (2024)
Malin Persson Giolito
"As this gritty, tightly paced procedural unfolds, deftly weaving past and present, it's clear that Deliver Me is more than a page-turner: it's a poignant examination of place, family, and social class that asks how we become the people we are. It's a character study of two very different boys and how their environments - and their friendship - shaped their fates. Intensely compelling, a true heartbreaker of a novel, Deliver Me is crime fiction at its finest."
Fadeaway Joe (2023)
Hugh Lessig
"A twisty thrill ride that kept me turning pages, Fadeaway Joe is not to be missed. The teaming of Joe and Paula is a fresh take on the classic, grizzled older man and spiky younger woman pairing - imagine The Last of Us but a taut, gritty noir - and will have you rooting for them both by the end. I can't wait to see what Hugh Lessig writes next - this is a compelling new voice in crime fiction."

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