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Back in February, when I announced there would be a 10th Bubba Mabry book, I posted on this blog a list of the previous Bubba tales, in order. Now that the new one, TROUBLE TOWN, is only 10 days away, I thought it might be useful to post a list of all my published work.

It's quite a list. I've been publishing crime fiction since 1994. A lot of the titles are standalone "books about crooks," but there's also the Bubba series and a couple of other characters who went two books each. The list also includes the short stories I've published.

Where the publisher is listed as "Amazon," that mostly means I published it myself. At our house, book publishing has become a cottage industry -- I write'em, my wife Kelly helps me with editing and cover art, and we sell them at our Albuquerque bookstore, Organic Books, as well as the usual places online.

So here's the list. I'm not going to link to every one of these, but they're all available in paperback and/or Kindle. You completists out there might want to bookmark this post. ;-) 


"Lonely Street," 1994, Pocket Books 

"Baby Face," 1995, Pocket Books 

"Witchy Woman," 1996, St. Martin's Press 

"Shaky Ground," 1997, St. Martin's Press 

"Dirty Pool," 1999, St. Martin's Press 

"End Run," 2000, Intrigue Press 

"Crazy Love," 2001, Intrigue Press 

"Cheap Shot," 2002, Intrigue Press 

"Trophy Husband," 2003, University of New Mexico Press 

"Bullets," 2003, Intrigue Press 

"Fool's Paradise," 2003, UNM Press 

"Boost," 2004, Speck Press 

"Sanity Clause," a novella, in "The Last Noel," 2004, Worldwide

"Bank Job," 2005, Intrigue Press 

"Whipsaw," 2006, Intrigue Press 

"Monkey Man," 2006, Intrigue Press 

"Payoff," a short story in "Damn Near Dead," 2006, Busted Flush Press 

"Cutthroat," 2007, Bleak House 

"Limbo," a short story in the Mystery Writers of America anthology "Crimes by Moonlight," 2010, Berkley 

"Firepower," 2010, Amazon 

"1500 Rules for Successful Living," 2011, Amazon 

"Calabama," 2011, Amazon 

"The Big Wink," 2011, Amazon 

"Lost Vegas," 2011, Amazon 

"Surf City," a short story in "West Coast Crime Wave," 2011, Amazon 

"Party Doll," a novella, 2012, Amazon 

"A Box of Pandoras," 2012, Amazon 

"Showdown," a short story, 2012, Amazon 

"Found Money," a short story, 2012, Amazon 

"Yvonne's Gone," a short story, 2012, Amazon 

"Cemetery Plot," a short story, 2013, Amazon (reprinted in the 2019 anthology “Knucklehead Noir,” Coffin Hop Press) 

"Shotgun Boogie," 2016, Amazon 

"Homesick Blues," 2016, Amazon 

"Side Eye," 2017, Amazon 

"Up the Chimney," a short story in "It's a Weird Winter Wonderland," 2017, Coffin Hop Press 

"Cold Cuts," 2018, Amazon 

"Babbling Brook," a short story in “Trouble & Strife,” 2019, Down and Out Books

"Black Friday," a short story in “A Beast Without A Name,” 2019, Down and Out Books 

"Upshot," 2020, Amazon 

“Rules for Successful Living,” 2020, Amazon


Writing as MAX AUSTIN:

"Duke City Split," 2014, Alibi 

"Duke City Hit," 2014, Alibi 

"Duke City Desperado," 2015, Alibi 


Happy reading!


Sneak peek at the new Bubba book

Boy, it's been a long time since I last posted on this blog. Partly, that's because I was busy writing a new crime novel.

Now, I'm pleased to announce that my 34th published book will be out next month. It's called TROUBLE TOWN, and it's the 10th outing for my bumbling Albuquerque private eye Bubba Mabry.

I hadn't written about Bubba since 2012's PARTY DOLL and I thought I was probably done with him. But I got an idea earlier this year, while republishing some of Bubba's early adventures, and that idea eventually became TROUBLE TOWN.

In the new novel, Bubba is hired as a security guard for a private poker game. After the game is robbed, a local racketeer demands that Bubba recover the stolen valuables. Naturally, since this is Bubba, things soon spiral out of control. 

I set the book in 2012 because I didn't want to deal with the craziness of the pandemic or recent politics. The only time you'll find the word "trump" in the book is as a verb.

I really like the cover art, which features downtown Albuquerque's two pointed skyscrapers. The shorter of the two is the Hyatt, which is scheduled to host Left Coast Crime next April.

We're looking forward to Left Coast Crime because it gives us a chance to show off the family bookstore, Organic Books. The bookstore is thriving and it's become a popular destination in historic Nob Hill. I hope all my mystery conference pals will visit the store when they're in town.

Happy reading to you all!


Bubba's back!

Thanks to ebooks and self-publishing, I've kept all my 33 books available in one form or another, but some editions have become increasingly hard to find. So it was with the first two Bubba Mabry books, which had finally slipped out of print.

Those novels, LONELY STREET (1994) and BABY FACE (1995), were my first published books. Pocket Books brought them out as mass-market paperbacks. Years later, the books were reprinted by Intrigue Press. Later still, LONELY STREET was made into a Hollywood movie starring Jay Mohr, Robert Patrick and Joe Mantegna.

Now, the books are freshly available in new trade paperback editions with stellar new covers. You can find them here and here. And, of course, we have them at Organic Books, our two-year-old family bookstore in Albuquerque's historic Nob Hill neighborhood.

Publishing the new editions required me to re-read them, and that got me thinking again about Bubba Mabry, my bumbling private eye. It's been nine years since I last wrote about Bubba, in the novella PARTY DOLL, and frankly I thought I was done with him. But a new idea has been nibbling at me, so there might be another Bubba novel in the future. If so, it would be the 10th in the series.

Here are the Bubba books, in order:









PARTY DOLL (novella)

In recent years, I've mostly written standalone crime novels rather than a series character like Bubba. The latest was the heist novel UPSHOT, which came out early last year.

I did some publishing work during 2020, but I took off from writing. Too many distractions during the worst of the pandemic, and I needed to pour my energies into our bookstore. Organic Books is doing better than ever now, and I feel my attention slipping back toward fiction. We'll see how it goes.

Hope you and yours are healthy and safe and finding lots of wonderful books to read.


Drumroll and . . . rimshot!

Need a laugh in these trying times? How about 4,000 laughs? Would that help?


Ladies and gentlemen, I give you my 33rd published book, RULES FOR SUCCESSFUL LIVING, available now on Amazon and at Organic Books in Albuquerque (505-553-3823).


As most of you know, I've written daily Rules for Successful Living since 2009, distributing the addled adages via Facebook and Twitter. In 2012, I assembled 1,500 of the Rules into a self-published collection. 


Lot of Rules under the bridge since then. The master list is at more than 4,400 now, and I'm still writing a new one every day. Around 4,000 made the cut for the latest collection, which is 220 pages in paperback.


A few of my favorites:

 -Never argue with a man whose tattoos outnumber his teeth.

-A watched pot never boils, and a boiled watch isn't much good, either.

-Looking down your nose makes your head look fat.

-When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's myopia.

-It takes two to tango, but you can pirouette all by yourself.

-Circus people always refer to the lion tamer as "the new guy."

I often use the summer months to write a new novel. But like a lot of writers, I've been sort of frozen during the COVID quarantine. It's hard to concentrate on fiction while the world is going nuts all around you. Instead, I poured myself into editing and publishing the RULES FOR SUCCESSFUL LIVING, and into work at our family bookstore. Organic Books reopened to customers on July 1, and business has been brisk.


Tomorrow, I'm back to school, teaching my weekly writing class in the Honors College at the University of New Mexico. The class will be taught mostly in person, and we'll all wear masks and keep our distance in an oversized classroom. It promises to be weird, but I've gotten accustomed to wearing a mask from my shifts at the bookstore.


I hope you and yours are healthy and happy and getting the laughs that you need.


First time in paperback!

One of my personal favorites, my crime novel BANK JOB, is now available in trade paperback here.

BANK JOB was published in hardcover in 2005, but a paperback contract fell through. I subsequently published an e-book version, but print copies were getting hard to find.

For most of its 15-year life, BANK JOB has been under movie option in Hollywood. The current option holder is Peter Ettinger, who made my novel LONELY STREET into a 2009 film. Things are shut down in Hollywood right now, but we hope to one day see BANK JOB on the big screen.

The novel features a trio of knucklehead criminals who stumble upon a retired bank robber named Vince Carson. They take Vince's wife hostage in an attempt to make him rob a local bank for them. But Vince has other plans.

It's a fun, action-packed novel with geriatric heroes. Maybe that's why I like it so much. More and more, I can relate to the old folks.

I hope to use our quarantine time for more of these re-publishing tasks, including new trade paperbacks of LONELY STREET and other early Bubba Mabry novels. I'll keep you posted as they become available.

Our Albuquerque, NM, storefront, Organic Books, remains closed by order of the state, but we're selling books online via bookshop.org/shop/organicbooks or call us at 505-553-3823.

We're beating this virus. Stay home and read!