The Ryan DeMarco Mystery Series: Literary thrillers that are poetically written, finely wrought, and richly imagined


Today, LitNuts is shining a spotlight on The Ryan DeMarco Mystery Series, a collection of literary and emotionally propulsive thrillers by Randall Silvis, an author who has been hailed by the New York Times Book Review as "A Masterful Storyteller."

The series begins with Two Days Gone, a Hammett Prize Finalist and Amazon #1 Bestseller. Read on to learn more!

Two Days Gone

Ryan DeMarco Mystery Book 1
4.2 stars, 1945 ratings
Paperback: $10.53
E-book: $9.99 (Free via Kindle Unlimited)


The perfect family. The perfect house. The perfect life. All gone now.

What could cause a man, when all the stars of fortune are shining upon him, to suddenly snap and destroy everything he has built? This is the question that haunts Sergeant Ryan DeMarco after the wife and children of beloved college professor and bestselling author Thomas Huston are found slaughtered in their home. Huston himself hasn't been seen in two days and is immediately cast as the prime suspect.

DeMarco knows—or thinks he knows—that Huston couldn't have been capable of murdering his family. But if Huston is innocent, why is he on the run? And does the half-finished manuscript he left behind contain clues to the mystery of his family's killer?

Perfect for readers of Tana French and Dennis Lehane, this masterful thriller is a taut, suspenseful story that will break your heart as much as it will haunt your dreams.

Praise for Two Days Gone
"A chilly suspense novel." ~The New York Times Sunday Book Review

"A suspenseful, literary thriller that will resonate with readers long after the book is finished." ~Library Journal, Starred Review

"An absolute gem of literary suspense" ~Michael Koryta, New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Wish Me Dead

Walking the Bones

Ryan DeMarco Mystery Book 2
4.3 stars, 447 ratings
Paperback: $12.89
E-book: $9.99

When long-buried secrets come back to the surface—memories, regrets, secrets, and bodies—DeMarco finds himself once again drawn into a case that will demand more of himself than he may be willing to give.

"Silvis smoothly blends moments of exquisite beauty into a sea of darker emotion to create a moving story heavy with the theme of the ‘past is never past.'" ~Publisher’s Weekly

A Long Way Down

Ryan DeMarco Mystery Book 3
4.4 stars, 152 ratings
Paperback: $14.19
E-book: $9.99

DeMarco and his new love, Jayme, agree to help investigate a series of murders that might tie into a cold case from his school days, but the deeper he and Jayme dig into the disturbing murders, the less likely it is that either one of them will escape the devastation.

​"Silvis is at it again, striving for a blend of crime story and literature, mutilated bodies and lapidary prose." ~Booklist

No Woods So Dark as These

Ryan DeMarco Mystery Book 4
4.3 stars, 123 ratings
Paperback: $10.94
E-book: $9.99

DeMarco and Jayme want nothing more than to live quietly in each other's company. But dreams of a peaceful life are shattered when two bodies are discovered in a smoldering car in the woods, and another is found brutally mutilated nearby.

"A poignant and gritty thriller that reveals humanity's best and worst." ~Kate Kessler, bestselling author

When All Light Fails

Ryan DeMarco Mystery Book 5
4.5 stars, 101 ratings
Paperback: $8.54
E-book: $6.72

There's not much that would convince DeMarco to come out of retirement and take on another case. But he can't refuse a nine-year-old Michigan girl begging for help finding her biological father. Unfortunately, this might be the most emotionally troubling case DeMarco and Jayme have yet encountered.

“Elegiac… Silvis delivers crisp action sequences, but most memorable are DeMarco’s long, ruminative digressions that sum up the career of a complicated, honorable man. Readers will be sorry to see the last of him.” ~Publishers Weekly

The Ryan DeMarco Mystery Series

The complete e-book set: $46.68

About the Author
Randall Silvis is the multi-genre author of nineteen critically acclaimed novels, three story collections, and two books of creative nonfiction. He is a past winner of the prestigious Drue Heinz Literature Prize, and his work has been published in more than a hundred editions in several languages. Learn more at, and be sure to follow Randall online:


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