Steve Brewer is the author of 25 books about crooks, including the Bubba Mabry mysteries and the recent crime novels A BOX OF PANDORAS, LOST VEGAS and THE BIG WINK.
His first Bubba novel, LONELY STREET, was made into an independent Hollywood comedy starring Robert Patrick, Jay Mohr and Joe Mantegna.
Random House's Alibi imprint announced in 2013 that Brewer would write a crime trilogy under his new pen name, Max Austin. The first one, DUKE CITY SPLIT, will be published in April 2014.
Brewer's short fiction appeared in the anthologies DAMN NEAR DEAD, THE LAST NOEL, CRIMES BY MOONLIGHT and WEST COAST CRIME WAVE, and he's published articles in magazines such as Mystery Scene, Crimespree and Mystery Readers' Journal.
Brewer has taught at the University of New Mexico, the Midwest Writers Workshop and the Tony Hillerman Writers Seminar. He regularly speaks at mystery conventions, and was toastmaster at Left Coast Crime in Santa Fe, NM, in 2011.
He served two years on the national board of Mystery Writers of America, and twice served as an Edgar Awards judge. He's also a member of International Thriller Writers and SouthWest Writers.
Brewer worked as journalist for 22 years, then wrote a weekly syndicated column for another decade. The column, called The Home Front, produced the raw material for the humor book TROPHY HUSBAND.
Married and the father of two adult sons, Brewer lives in Albuquerque, NM.
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Steve Brewer, author of the Bubba Mabry mystery series, delivers a short story about love, death, adultery, revenge, pickup trucks and guns.
Rusty Milner drives to an isolated trailer in the piney woods, looking for his wife Yvonne. Everybody in town knows Yvonne has run off with Rusty's old friend Dale Britton.
Rusty's drunk. He's got a shotgun. He's got murder on his mind.
1500 Rules for Successful Living
For years, author and humorist Steve Brewer has entertained readers with his broken adages and twisted advice. Now the best of his "Rules for Successful Living" are collected into one handy self-help guide that's absolutely no help at all.
If you need laughter, you need the "Rules!"
"If Erma Bombeck and Dave Barry had a love child, it would be Brewer." --Virginia Swift, author of "Brown-Eyed Girl"
Two couriers ditch a briefcase full of drug money. A honest man finds it and turns it in to police. When no one claims the money, the law declares that it's finders keepers. What happens when the couriers show up later, wanting the money back?
Find out in this suspenseful short story by Steve Brewer, author of more than 20 books about crooks, including the well-known Bubba Mabry series.
Two friends have played cards together every week for thirty years. Each man assumes he knows everything about the other. Then one reveals a terrible secret from long ago, and they both know this night will end like no other.
SHOWDOWN is a suspenseful short story from Steve Brewer, author of more than 20 crime novels, including the Bubba Mabry mystery series.
A Box of Pandoras
A BOX OF PANDORAS is a hilarious new mystery from veteran author Steve Brewer, introducing small-town busybody Loretta Kimball.
When Loretta learns her favorite actor is coming to New Mexico for a film festival, she sets up an interview with her idol, Michael Girard. But bodies keep turning up at the film festival, and Loretta soon feels like chief clown at a media circus. Fast and funny!
Sam Hill steals cars. Not just any cars, but collectibles, rare works of automotive artistry.
He's made a good life for himself in Albuquerque, NM, but things change after he steals a primo 1965 Thunderbird. In the trunk, Sam finds a corpse, a police informant with a bullet hole between his eyes.
In BOOST, Steve Brewer mixes high crime and low comedy, and the action never stops.
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Bubba Mabry returns in a new novella guaranteed to thrill and amuse fans of the series featuring the Albuquerque, NM, private eye.
Bumbling Bubba is hired to find a missing stripper who goes by the stage name Joy Forever.
But there's more here than meets the eye. The feds are interested in Joy, too. And they don't like Bubba messing around in their case.
A fast, funny mystery!
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Eddie may be seventy-seven years old, but he's still a tough guy, a former heist man who packs a pistol in his pocket. But Eddie's no killer. Then a young woman in a bar makes him an offer he can't refuse. This hard-boiled short story, which originally appeared in the anthology "Damn Near Dead," is veteran author Steve Brewer at his best.
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How do you rob your own casino? Hire a crew of professionals from out of town.
That's what Nick Papadopoulos attempts in LOST VEGAS, the fast-paced thriller from Steve Brewer. Nick thinks a robbery could erase his many debts and finally let him escape Fowler, Nevada.
The heist crew, a close-knit gang from San Francisco, pull off the job, but then things go very wrong.
The Big Wink
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Misfit robbers attract the hot spotlight of the medical marijuana debate in THE BIG WINK, a darkly funny crime novel from author Steve Brewer.
In Northern California, heart of the Green Rush, cannabis dispensary robberies seem like prime crime. But when a prominent banker gets shot during a holdup, all sides see a chance to push their agendas.
"Terrific!" --award-winning author Bill Fitzhugh
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"Calabama" is hillbilly noir set in the wilds of Northern California.
Eric Newlin's life is spiraling out of control. Things worsen when he gets mixed up in a kidnapping scheme with a local crimelord named Rydell Vance.
"'Calabama' is Steve Brewer at his absolute best ... Serious laughs, solid plotting, snappy pacing and finely tuned characters."
--Award-winning author Bill Fitzhugh
Hard-luck private eye Bubba Mabry needs money at Christmastime, so he takes an onerous job: keeping an eye on the Santas at a local mall. When one of the Santas turns up murder, it's up to Bubba and his wife, newspaper reporter Felicia Quattlebaum, to find out who's been naughty.
A hilarious look at the Christmas season, as only Bubba can bring it!
Veteran author Steve Brewer turns his talents to the corporate thriller in the much-praised novel "Cutthroat."
Troubleshooter Solomon Gage is a loyal employee of billionaire Dominick Sheffield, but when he learns that Dominick's sons are plotting a revolution in Africa, Solomon finds himself caught in the middle of conspiracies, mercenaries and murder.
Whipsaw is missing. LaCosta refuses to call the cops. DelaTek stands to lose millions.
Why should Matt Donahue care? He's retired -- forced out -- no longer in charge of security for anyone but himself.
But the bad guys insist on Matt. He's supposed to make the ransom drop. Three million dollars, or the biggest computer game in history hits the Internet -- for free.
A phone call in the middle of the night brings Albuquerque Gazette Sports Editor Drew Gavin to the aid of his friend and reporter Curtis White, who has awakened beside a brutally murdered cheerleader. Unable to recall anything from the night before, Curtis swears he’s innocent, and Drew believes him. But how does he prove it?
Meet Drew Gavin, former college football star, now a sportswriter in a rut. But that changes at his class reunion when his college sweetheart, Helen, lures him into trouble.
Helen is married to a lawyer named Freddie, who's in danger of having his kneecaps broken for gambling debts. Helen pleads for Drew's help. Soon, Freddie's dead and Drew is the prime suspect.
Private eye Bubba Mabry's meeting with a new client seems to be going well until the monkey with the gun shows up. Now Bubba's facing an uncooperative police force, a barrel full of suspects, and an intern who drives everyone bananas. And he's got to figure out which of the animals at the Albuquerque zoo really belong behind bars--before another one winds up in the morgue.
Jaded, angry and utterly stupid, brothers Leon and Junior Daggett and their homicidal partner, Roy Wade, entertain themselves by knocking over liquor stores and gas stations. When a run-of-the-mill robbery goes sour, they find themselves bloody and knocking on the door of a stranger for help. That stranger ends up being Vince Carson, retired bank robber.
How crazy with jealousy can one man be?
Albuquerque private eye Bubba Mabry learns that jealousy can extend beyond the grave when a mild-mannered millionaire named Melvin Haywood hires him. Haywood's wife died six months earlier, revealing on her deathbed that she had been unfaithful. Haywood's tried to put it behind him, but he can't stop wondering: Who's been sleeping in my bed?
Albuquerque private eye Bubba Mabry gets caught in the middle when the Religious Right goes up against the hookers of Central Avenue in "Baby Face."
Bumbling Bubba has more than he can handle when he's hired by a deadly pimp to track down the crazed killer who's killing prostitutes on East Central. Then preachers and politicians get into the mix.
Killing someone in Vegas breaks all the rules.
In "Bullets," veteran mystery author Steve Brewer delivers laughs galore while dishing out gunplay, suspense and a little romance.
"Think of Hunter S. Thompson meeting James M. Cain meeting . . . James Ellroy to get some sense of what this book is like."--Mystery News
Albuquerque private eye Bubba Mabry is pitted against his archrival in a race for ransom in Dirty Pool, fifth in the Lefty Award-nominated series.
Soon, Bubba finds himself up to his neck in Texans, skinheads, cops and bad vibes. Worse, his addled father suddenly reappears in his life after thirty years, getting in the way at every turn.
"Flat-out entertainment" -Harlan Coben
His client list is at zero, so Albuquerque private eye Bubba Mabry is all ears when a lovely young woman asks him to locate her missing husband.
Biology professor David Field was last seen heading for the desert on a research trip. And that's where Mabry finds his bullet-riddled body.
Now, with a paying job to find the killer, Mabry wastes no time getting himself into a heck of a mess.
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Bumbling private eye Bubba Mabry's third adventure takes him to Taos, NM, where he investigates an all-woman commune called WOMB. One of Albuquerque's richest women has hired Bubba to retrieve her granddaughter, who disappeared into the commune.
Bubba is saddled with a fervent cult deprogrammer as a partner, and they both become suspects once murder strikes WOMB.
Trophy Husband: A Survival Guide to Working at Home
For a decade, Steve Brewer entertained newspaper audiences across the U.S. with his comic Mr. Mom adventures. Here are the best of his columns, collected in a self-help book that's no help at all.
Computers, kids, pets and spouses all scheme to thwart those who work at home, Brewer most of all.
"If Erma Bombeck and Dave Barry had a love child, it would be Brewer." --author Virginia Swift
Ever considered robbing a bank? Such larcenous thoughts bring together five strangers in Steve Brewer's hilarious caper "Fool's Paradise."
Set in ritzy Coronado, CA, this comic crime novel features a hapless heist gang: A felon, a fireman, a con man, a bank guard and a businesswoman, all desperate for dough.
Who will survive? Who will get caught? Who will end up with the loot?
"Lonely Street," basis for the Hollywood film of the same name, was the debut novel for veteran mystery writer Steve Brewer.
In "Lonely Street," hapless private eye Bubba Mabry is hired by what appears to be the living Elvis. Seems the King faked his death and he's on the run. Bubba's happy to help. But then bodies start turning up . . .
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A thriller for our times! Veteran author Steve Brewer pits a hitman against Big Oil in the action-packed thriller FIREPOWER.
Bob the hitman is sent to bump off a Silicon Valley scientist who's invented a new hydrogen fuel cell. Alice Porter's invention will stop global warming, but will also make oil obsolete.
Soon, Bob and Alice are branded as terrorists and running for their lives.
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