Jeff Abbott

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Jeff Abbott
Jeff Abbott at the 2007 Texas Book Festival.
Jeff Abbott at the 2007 Texas Book Festival.
Born1963 (age 58–59)
GenreSuspense, Detective fiction, Thriller fiction

Jeff Abbott (born 1963) is a U.S. suspense novelist. He has degrees in History and English from Rice University. He lives in Austin, Texas. Before writing full-time, he was a creative director at an advertising agency. His early novels were traditional detective fiction, but in recent years he has turned to writing thriller fiction. A theme of his work is the idea of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary danger and fighting to return to their normal lives. His novels are published in several countries and have also been bestsellers in the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, Germany, France and Portugal. [1] He is also Creative Director at Springbox, a Prophet company.


The Jordan Poteet mysteries[edit]

These novels are more traditional mysteries, centering on Poteet's eccentric family in a small Texas town.

  1. Do Unto Others (Oct 1994) winner of the Agatha Award (given by Malice Domestic) and the Macavity Award (given by Mystery Readers International) for Best First Novel,[2][3] nominated for the Dilys Award given by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Associations.[4]
  2. The Only Good Yankee (Apr 1995)–nominated for the Writers' League of Texas Violet Crown Award[citation needed]
  3. Promises of Home (Jan 1996)
  4. Distant Blood (Sep 1996)

The Whit Mosley series[edit]

Mosley is a Texas judge and coroner who partners with investigator Claudia Salazar in a Gulf Coast county. These books are darker and more thriller-oriented than the Poteet novels.

  1. A Kiss Gone Bad (Oct 2001)–nominated for the Anthony Award at Bouchercon XXXIII in the "Best paperback original" category.[5]
  2. Black Jack Point (Sep 2002)—nominated for the Edgar Award (given by Mystery Writers of America),;[6] the Anthony Award for "Best paperback original";[7] and also for the Barry Award.[citation needed]
  3. Cut and Run (Nov 2003)—nominated for the Edgar Award),[6]

The Sam Capra Series[8][edit]

Capra is a brilliant CIA agent who is set up and loses everything that matters to him. He then uses his skills to help the helpless, protect the innocent and track down those who took his family from him.

# Title Date Published Comments
1 Adrenaline Jan 2010
1.5 Sam Capra's Last Chance May 2012 e-book short story
2 The Last Minute July 2012
3 Downfall July 2013
4 Inside Man July 2014
5 The First Order Jan 2016

Stand Alone Novels[edit]

Anthologies and Collections[12][edit]

Anthology or Collection Contents Publication Date Editor
Magnolias and Mayhem White Trash Jan 2000 Jeffrey Marks
And the Dying is Easy Salt on the Rim Jun 2001 Joseph Pittman
High Stakes Bet on Red Sep 2003 Robert Randisi
Mystery Writers of America Presents Death Do Us Part A Few Small Repairs Aug 2004 Harlan Coben
The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories: Fifth Annual Collection Bet on Red Oct 2004 Ed Gorman

Martin H. Greenberg

The Best American Mystery Stories 2004 Bet on Red Oct 2004 Nelson DeMille

Otto Penzler

Damn Near Dead Tender Mercies Jul 2006 Duane Swierczynski
These Guns for Hire Seize Your Future Oct 2006 J. A. Konrath
Greatest Hits Karma Hits Dogma Nov 2006 Robert J. Randisi
A Hell of a Woman Luise Fischer Dec 2007 Megan Abbott
Death's Excellent Vacation Safe and Sound Aug 2010 Charlaine Harris

Toni L. P. Kelner

No Rest for the Dead: Twenty-Six Writers. One Mystery wrote one chapter Jul 2011 Andrew F. Gulli
Robot Uprisings Human Intelligence Apr 2014 Daniel H. Wilson

John Joseph Adams


  1. ^ "Jeff Abbott Author Biography". Book Browse. November 19, 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ "Past Agatha Award Winners & Nominees". Malice Domestic. Archived from the original on 2010-04-12. Retrieved 2016-03-14.
  3. ^ "Macavity Awards". Mystery Readers International. Retrieved 2016-03-14.
  4. ^ "The DILYS AWARD". Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. Archived from the original on 2010-04-12. Retrieved 2016-03-14.
  5. ^ "Bouchercon World Mystery Convention : Anthony Awards Nominees". 2003-10-02. Archived from the original on 2012-02-07. Retrieved 2012-02-21.
  6. ^ a b "Edgar Award Winners and Nominees Database". The Retrieved 2014-06-17.
  7. ^ "Bouchercon World Mystery Convention : Anthony Awards Nominees". 2003-10-02. Archived from the original on 2012-02-07. Retrieved 2012-02-21.
  8. ^ "The Sam Capra Series".
  9. ^ "Dromgoole: Try these books from reefs to Ringo to ranch life | Lubbock Online | Lubbock Avalanche-Journal". Retrieved 2010-12-06.
  10. ^ "Weinstein / Showtime Deal Will Produce 'Scream 4' - The Moviefone Blog". Archived from the original on 2012-10-11. Retrieved 2010-12-06.
  11. ^ "Archives | Austin American-Statesman |". Austin American-Statesman. 2009-07-24. Retrieved 2010-12-06.
  12. ^ Abbott, Jeff (November 19, 2019). "Jeff Abbott - Printable Book List". Jeff Abbott - Printable Book List.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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