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Maxim Jakubowski

UK flag (b.1944)

MAXIM JAKUBOWSKI worked for many years in book publishing as an editor (including titles by William Golding, Peter Ackroyd, Oliver Stone, Michael Moorcock, Peter Ustinov, Jim Thompson, David Goodis, Paul Ableman, Sophie Grigson, Marc Behm, Cornell Woolrich, etc) and launched the Murder One Bookshop, which he owned and ran for over 20 years. He now writes, edits and translates full-time in London.

He was born in London and educated in France, and his books have been translated into many languages. From an early age, he was always fascinated by popular culture and his writing and editing has criss-crossed all areas, from science fiction & fantasy to thrillers and, inevitably, erotica.

Genres: Mystery, , Historical Mystery, Science Fiction

Maxim Jakubowski's books for adults only

Series contributed to
Akashic Noir
   Rome Noir (2009) (with Chiara Stangalino)
   Venice Noir (2012)
Anthologies edited
   Travelling Towards Epsilon (1976)
   Twenty Houses of the Zodiac (1979)
   Chronolysis (1980) (with Michel Jeury)
   Lands of Never (1983)
   Beyond Lands of Never (1984)
   New Crime: No. 1 (1989)
   New Crimes 2 (1991)
   New Crimes 3 (1991)
   New Crimes (1992)
   Constable New Crimes 1 (1992)
   Murders for the Fireside (1992)
   New Crime: No. 2 (1993)
   London Noir (1994)
   Royal Crimes (1994) (with Martin H Greenberg)
   Crime Yellow (1994)
   More Murders for the Fireside (1994)
   No Alibi (1995)
   Past Poisons (1998)
   Chronicles of Crime (1999)
   Murder Through the Ages (2000)
   The New English Library Book of Internet Stories (2000)
   Pulp Fiction (2002)
   The Best British Mysteries IV (2003)
   The Best British Mysteries 2005 (2004)
   Great Tv and Film Detectives (2005)
   The Best New British Mysteries Volume II (2005) (with Mark Billingham)
   The Best British Mysteries III (2006)
   Paris Noir (2007)
   The Mammoth Book of Best British Mysteries (2008)
   The Sounds of Crime (2010)
   The Book of Extraordinary Historical Mystery Stories (2019)
   Invisible Blood (2019)
   The Extraordinary Book of Amateur Sleuths and Private Eye Stories (2019)
   The Book of Extraordinary Impossible Crimes and Puzzling Deaths (2020)
   The Book of Extraordinary New Sherlock Holmes Stories (2020)
   The Return of Sherlock Holmes (2021)
   Daggers Drawn (2021)
   The Perfect Crime (2022) (with Vaseem Khan)
   The Book of Extraordinary Femme Fatale Stories (2022)
   Black is the Night (2022)
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Non fiction
Maxim Jakubowski recommends
The Agency Trilogy (1994)
David Meltzer
"In this powerful trilogy, Meltzer describes the empire of the Agency, an all-seeing, well-organized, self-sufficient, sexual underground that secretly controls America, if not the world."
Fairy Gunmother (1997)
(Belleville, book 1)
Daniel Pennac
"Already a bestseller in its native country, it deserves to be one here if there's any justice in the world of crime."
Candleland (2000)
(Stephen Larkin, book 3)
Martyn Waites
"Martyn Waites's Candleland bears witness to the flowering of a new talent."
Ode to a Banker (2000)
(Marcus Didius Falco, book 12)
Lindsey Davis
"A witty satire of publishing and banking with striking contemporary resonace . . . hot, noisy, smelly and full of unforgettable characters."
Unnatural Fire (2000)
(Countess Ashby De La Zouche, book 1)
Fidelis Morgan
"A scintillating tale of murder and mayhem in 17th century London... Lusty, funny and gripping, this is one the best historical crime books in ages."
China Lake (2002)
(Evan Delaney, book 1)
Meg Gardiner
"With a colourful cast of richly delineated characters, a protagonist with whom the readers will easily identify - all big-hearted, quick-tongued and hair-trigger-tempered - this novel provides a fast-paced ride through some of the more dubious nooks and crannies of the American dream and is an impressive opening salvo by a Surrey-based expatriate who hits the bookshelves running."
Judas Pig (2004)
Horace Silver
"A gripping page-turner that lifts the lid on the London crime scene with much more power than the glossed-over memoirs of sundry Kray acolytes. There is no glamour here, just an ugly world of treachery, violence and dishonour, but with an odd comedy dominating the grisly proceedings. Scary indeed."
Mandrake and Murder (2009)
(Robin & Marian Mysteries)
Clayton Emery
"Clayton Emery's lively Robin and Marian tales of historical crime, misdeeds and gallivanting are like a breath of fresh air."
The Couple in Room 13 (2010)
John Rector
"Wonderfully compelling. Could almost see the film racing across my eyes."
Dodgers (2016)
Bill Beverly
"The main protagonist's voice is both touching and engrossing, a modern version of Holden Caulfield had he been born in Compton and a generation or so later, and his itinerary both geographical and mental is a poetic as well as profane, delicate joy to behold. A character study of the highest quality as well as a thriller as addictive as crack. Without the shadow of a doubt, a book that will come to be seen as a landmark in US crime writing."
An Honorable Man (2016)
(George Mueller, book 1)
Paul Vidich
"Atmospheric, moving and enigma-laden, this is spy writing at its very best."
Ed's Dead (2017)
Russel D McLean
"A high-octane read."
Sweetpea (2017)
(Sweetpea, book 1)
C J Skuse
"Sweetpea hits all the right buttons. A dark, twisted read about a female serial killer with dollops of humour, sarcasm and a lightweight approach…keeping you gripped and on the hook, both smiling and squirming."
Evil Things (2019)
(Hella Mauzer, book 1)
Katja Ivar
"Welcome to the most stubborn of cops, Hella Mauzer, righting wrongs in cold Lapland, a memorable character with just the right disdain for authority and its amoral attitudes to justice and women. A feminist 1952 cop before feminism was invented."

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