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Matt Phillips

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.

" 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

Welcomes queries regarding:

Agent Representation

Film Rights

Foreign Publication

Media Coverage

Events & Signings

Contact: phillips.matt.writer[at]gmail[dot]com

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A Good Rush of Blood | Available Here

This sweaty neo-noir, and vast mystery set in Palm Springs, follows drug runner Creeley Nash as she unravels the mystery of her estranged mother’s wrongful murder conviction.

"His places pulse. His people breathe and kiss and ache...the kind of poetry that kicks you in the head. Rough, dangerous, sexy and sweet..."

- Jo Perry author of Pure


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. "

- NoirGuy


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

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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

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