Matt Phillips is a writer of crime, noir, and hardboiled stories. His work includes eight acclaimed noir novels, dozens of published short stories in places like Mystery Tribune and Retreats from Oblivion, as well as various short and feature-length screenplays.
"Phillips...in a just world, will someday get his due alongside some of those more celebrated Gold Medal authors. Because there's still an audience for storytelling that marries propulsive darkness with painstaking skill."
- Amazon Kindle/Vella Reviewer
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To Bring My Shadow | Available Here
This haunting, hardboiled tale follows detective Frank “Slim Fat” Pinson and his partner as they unravel the vexing mystery surrounding a who-done-it drug murder in San Diego.
"An intelligently conceived and executed crime drama...A thrilling addition to an old but still vital literary genre."
- Kirkus Reviews
Countdown | Available Here
From acclaimed pulp writer Matt Phillips, Countdown is a head-spinning hit of Southern California’s lucrative and not-quite-regulated marijuana industry.
"A slab of rare pulp, served nice and bloody...reads like an homage to Elmore Leonard from one of the hottest new voices..."
- Anthony Neil Smith, author of Slow Bear and Yellow Medicine
Accidental Outlaws | Available Here
Three linked crime novellas that follow working class antiheroes as they indulge in theft, murder, and lawless shenanigans. Ain’t no cops running things out this way.
"The hardest hitting rural noir I've read in ages, like a mule-kick in the teeth..."
- CS DeWildt, author of Love You to a Pulp and Kill'em with Kindness
Know Me from Smoke | Available Here
A noir of gripping suspense and violence, Know Me from Smoke is a journey into the shadowy terrain of murder, lost love, and the heart’s lust for vengeance.
"Pitch perfect modern noir...It's about character. About hard choices. Redemption and at what cost. Hits all the right notes. "
The Bad Kind of Lucky | Available Here
A twisted comedic noir that follows Remmie Miken—a down-on-his-luck fry cook—straight into the void of Baja California.
"Leads us on a road trip from hell. This novella delivers dynamite action and humor in equal doses: terse insights and a real noir ending. Remmie’s journey will knock you six ways from Sunday."
- Rusty Barnes, author of Ridgerunner and The Last Danger
You Must Have a Death Wish | Available Here
This brutal noir sketches a world so crazy that only a rookie hitman could bless it with sanity. In You Must Have a Death Wish, prolific pulp writer Matt Phillips crafts a tale of wretched violence and suitably inelegant redemption.
"Phillips is a writer who should be on everyone's radar for his lean, taut prose, authentic dialogue, and mastery of noir.."
- Sarah Chen, author of Cleaning up Finn
Three Kinds of Fool | Available Here
For ex-con Jess Forsyth, life is a California rhythm of surf, work, tacos, and drink. He’s gone straight, and he’s happy with that…sort of. But you can’t escape what you are, especially when there’s cash for the taking.
"Three Kinds of Fool starts off with a bang and never lets up."
- Craig Faustus Buck, award-winning author of Go Down Hard
Redbone | Available Here
Calvin G. Redbone, veteran, is a simple man with a simple routine. Until his world begins to change. Until his best friend winds up dead. Until Calvin realizes that nothing is as simple as it appears on the surface. Maybe not even Calvin G. Redbone himself.
"Matt Phillips speaks fluently the language of the dispossessed..."
- Eryk Pruitt, author of What We Reckon