Debbi Mack


Debbi Mack is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sam McRae Mystery Series and other novels. In addition, she's a Derringer-nominated short story writer, whose work has been published in various anthologies. Debbi formerly wrote book reviews for Mystery Scene Magazine.

She writes screenplays and is interested in filmmaking. Debbi also has a podcast called The Crime Cafe, where she interviews crime fiction, suspense, thriller, and true crime authors.

Debbi enjoys reading, movies, travel, baseball, walking, cats and good espresso. You can find her online at

Smashwords Interview

What are you working on next?
I just finished a thriller about a grad student trying to write a thriller novel whose life takes on a frightening resemblance to the book she's writing. It's called "The Planck Factor" and you can pre-order it now.

My next novel is about a female ex-Marine with PTSD who works as an unlicensed private eye. Her client hires her to find his missing daughter and missing business partner who appears to have stolen from the business. The search leads her into a murder investigation that embroils her in dealings with the Russian mob.
Who are your favorite authors?
Among my favorite authors are classic hardboiled mystery writers like Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Ross Macdonald, and Gloria Fickling (who wrote the "Honey West" novels with her husband, Forest). I'm also a big fan of Robert Crais, Walter Mosley, Mark Twain, Terry Pratchett, Margaret Millar, Mercedes Lambert, and the list just goes on from there.
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Where to find Debbi Mack online

Where to buy in print


Erica Jensen Mystery
A mystery-thriller series featuring a female Marine veteran, who struggles with post-traumatic stress and an opiod addiction, while trying to earn her private investigator's license.
Damaged Goods
Price: $2.99 USD.
Fatal Connections
Price: $3.99 USD.
Movie Reviews
A series of film reviews and essays about movies of different genres and eras.
Sam McRae Mystery
A hard-boiled mystery series featuring lawyer-sleuth Stephanie Ann "Sam" McRae.
Identity Crisis
Price: $3.99 USD.
Least Wanted
Price: $4.99 USD.
Price: $4.99 USD.
Deep Six
Price: $6.99 USD.


Fatal Connections
Series: Erica Jensen Mystery. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 68,190. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
When Marine veteran and aspiring private eye Erica Jensen gets a frantic call for help from one of her clients, she rushes to her house. Upon arrival, she finds the client and her husband brutally murdered. Given her background, the police consider her a "person of interest". Meanwhile, witnesses who could clear her are winding up dead. Can Erica solve the case and avoid being framed for murder?
Damaged Goods
Series: Erica Jensen Mystery. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,800. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Unlicensed private eye and Marine veteran Erica Jensen works as a “researcher” on various dubious assignments, while battling PTSD and an opioid addiction. But when a wealthy man hires her to find his missing daughter, Erica ends up with more than she bargained for: a murder victim and unwanted attention from the killers. Erica may have survived combat, but will she survive this case?
I Found it at the Movies: Neo-Noir Reviews
Series: Movie Reviews. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,960. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » History & Criticism, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire » Form / essays
A short, tongue-in-cheek guide to neo-noir movies. Like Pauline Kael only cooler! Looking for a no-holds-barred, honest opinion about modern film noir? In a world flooded with entertainment options, this collection will provide a heads-up about what might appeal to you. If you like hardboiled crime and noir movies, this collection covers some of the best and not-so-best choices in neo-noir.
The Planck Factor
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 45,640. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Grad student Jessica Evans decides on a dare to write a thriller novel. She concocts a nightmare scenario based upon actual science. However, Jessica's fictional story takes her own life in a bizarre direction. Her research into the science behind the novel stirs up concern from an extremist group who intends to use it for the wrong reasons. Before long, Jessica's running for her life.
The Crime Cafe Short Story Anthology
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 35,090. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
Five Thrilling Stories from Crime Writers Featured on the Crime Cafe podcast! Bonus interviews with the authors included!
I Found it at the Movies: Film Noir Reviews
Series: Movie Reviews. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,640. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » History & Criticism, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Entertainment industry
Like Pauline Kael only cooler! This film noir edition of capsule film reviews are part of a continuing series of movie review compilations. With a title inspired by the great film critic, Pauline Kael, these reviews are unvarnished opinions that make quick, funny, and addictive reading.
Deep Six
Series: Sam McRae Mystery. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 73,890. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Maryland lawyer, Stephanie Ann “Sam” McRae, is strapped for cash, when an old college friend asks her to help a citizens group fight a controversial development. Though loathe to take a zoning case, Sam is persuaded by the unusually high retainer, but the matter becomes personal when Sam finds Linda murdered. The search for Linda's murderer puts Sam's own life in danger.
Invisible Me
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,500. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues, Fiction » Coming of age
(5.00 from 1 review)
How far will you go to be accepted? Military brat and albino, Portia Maddox, 13, has always been an outsider. When the popular Denise Laughton seeks her help in exchange for an invite to Denise’s birthday party, Portia jumps at the offer. However, Portia must spy on Randy, Denise’s boyfriend, to see if he's cheating. Portia’s spying unearths many hard truths, and Portia must make tough choices.
Law Can Be Murder
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 68,480. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Three Sam McRae mysteries in one book: Identity Crisis, in which murder and mayhem ensue in a case involving identity theft; Least Wanted, a suspenseful tale of juvenile delinquency and white-collar crime; Riptide, in which Sam must wade through secrets, lies, and fraud to defend her best friend from a murder charge.
Series: Sam McRae Mystery, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 48,800. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
During a pre-conference beach holiday, Stephanie Ann "Sam" McRae must help defend her best friend, Jamila, against murder charges. Sam must show that Jamila's been framed. But no one will cooperate with her, and the victim was well-connected. Meanwhile, Jamila seems to be keeping secrets. Will Sam be able to help Jamila in time?
Least Wanted
Series: Sam McRae Mystery, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 60,850. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
(4.00 from 1 review)
Lawyer Stephanie Ann “Sam” McRae’s life takes a chaotic turn when two clients are accused of murder. A poor, black girl and a middle-class white man both become homicide suspects. The killer will do anything to stop Sam, who races to exonerate her clients before she becomes the next victim.
Five Uneasy Pieces
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,690. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Anthologies » Mystery
Each of these stories explores the shadowy worlds of noir, mystery and crime fiction. They range in tone from hardboiled detective to parody. Altogether, this collection has something for everyone who enjoys dark or edgy crime fiction. Includes a sixth bonus short story.
Identity Crisis
Series: Sam McRae Mystery, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 68,310. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
(4.50 from 4 reviews)
A simple domestic abuse case turns deadly when the alleged abuser is killed and Stephanie Ann "Sam" McRae’s client disappears. When a friend asks Sam to find Melanie Hayes, the Maryland attorney is drawn into a complex case of murder and identity theft that has her running from the Mob, breaking into a strip club and forming a shaky alliance with a private investigator to discover the truth.

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