Chris F Holm

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Chris F. Holm was born in Syracuse, New York. His work has appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, and The Best American Mystery Stories 2011. He has been long-listed for a Stoker Award and nominated for a pair each of Anthony, Derringer, and Spinetingler Awards, as well as Killer Nashville's Silver Falchion Award and a few House of Crime and Mystery Readers' Choice Awards.

Chris F Holm books reviewed


The Collector

  • Dead Harvest (2012)
    Sam Thornton collects the souls of the damned, and ensures they find their way to hell. But when he's dispatched to snatch the soul of a young woman he believes is innocent of the crime for which she's been condemned, he does something no Collector's ever done before: he refuses.
  • The Wrong Goodbye (2012)
    The events of Dead Harvest have left Sam Thornton on a short leash, meaning he'd best stick to the straight-and-narrow. Which sounds easy enough, but when the soul Sam’s sent to collect goes missing, Sam finds himself off the straight-and-narrow pretty quick.
  • The Big Reap (2013)
    Meet Sam Thornton. He collects souls. The souls of the damned, to be precise. Condemned to an eternity of servitude to hell thanks to a devil's bargain he made to save his dying wife, this gig of his is part penance, part punishment, and all suck. But just because he's a capital-letters Bad Guy doesn't mean he's a bad guy...

The Killing Kind (forthcoming)
The Killing Kind is the story of Michael Hendricks. Once a covert operative for a false-flag unit of the US military, Hendricks was presumed dead after a mission in Afghanistan went sideways. Now he makes his living as a hitman entrepreneur of sorts who only hits other hitmen. For ten times the price on your head, he'll make sure whoever's coming to kill you winds up in the ground instead. Not a bad way for a guy with his skill-set to make a living – but an even better way to make himself a target.

Critical acclaim

... for The Collector series ...

"Thrilling, riveting, and hardboiled as hell..." Hilary Davidson

"Holm’s sophomore effort proves that he’s no one-hit wonder, but rather a true contender. The author’s amazing talent for writing and limitless genius for storytelling guarantees readers a wild ride..." The New York Journal of Books

"... twisty, fast-paced, and thoroughly enjoyable." Publishers Weekly

"The breakneck pace of the narrative, and the world Holm creates, make for a thrillingly brutal ride." SFX Magazine