for Dave and his Books

“The thing of it is, the reader is never safe in Dave Zeltserman’s hands. I love that. You should too.”
Paul Tremblay

“Dave Zeltserman is clearly the real deal.”
Steve Hamilton

“There’s a new name to add to the pantheon of the sons and daughters of James M. Cain: Dave Zeltserman.”

“For those of us who believed Jim Thompson would never be equaled, great tidings, he’s back in the form of Dave Zeltserman.”
Ken Bruen

“Zeltserman, writing in the pitch-black comic tradition of Jim Thompson or Charles Willeford, deserves to stand in such exalted company.”
Chauncey Mabe, Palm Beach Arts Paper

“If there’s any other young writer out there who does crime noir better than Zeltserman, I don’t even want to know.”
Washington Post

“This is vintage Zeltserman, and that means there’s always a tail. With a sting. Be warned.”
Roger Smith

“Dave Zeltserman is at it again writing about ex-con antiheroes with the kind of panache that would make Jim Thompson, king of the psycho killer novels, proud.”
Boston Globe

“Dave Zeltserman is one of the new, highly original voices in crime fiction, his writing spare, disciplined and concrete. His plots are as original as anyone writing hard-boiled fiction with an attractive noir edge, and always grimly entertaining.”
The Australian

“One of author Dave Zeltserman’s great gifts is taking a trope and turning it on its head.”
The Drowning Machine

“For those unfamiliar, Zeltserman has crafted some of the darkest crime novels to have come out in the past few years.”

My favorite thing about Zeltserman’s books is that his plots never go exactly where I expect them to, which is a joy when you spend your time rutting endlessly in the same genre.”
Noirboiled Notes

“Everything Dave Zeltserman writes is gold.”
Evan Lewis

‘Like Stephen King, Dave Zeltserman makes the incredible come alive.”

“Zeltserman has long doubled as a mystery and horror writer, and he’s equally riveting at both.”

Praise for the Books


Shortlisted by the American Library Association for best horror novel of the year

Nominee by Dark Scribe Magazine for best dark genre novel of the year

“Compared to how artfully Dave Zeltserman handles the similar question of reality or psychosis in The Caretaker of Lorne Field, Stephen King never rises above pulp fiction”
Boston Globe

“delicious horror-ish novel”

“The Caretaker of Lorne Field is a magnificent novel, with truly believable characters and suspense that keeps building to an explosive climax. There it is, plain and simple.”
Seymour Shubin

“Superb mix of humor and horror
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Harrowing. Zeltserman colors it black with the best of them.”
Kirkus Reviews

“a very darkly funny dark fantasy”
Locus Magazine

“superbly crafted horror story”

“a nail-biter”
Library Journal

“In a word–superb.”
Steven Riddle, A Momentary Taste of Being

“truly demented noir-horror monsterpiece”
Chauncey Mabe

“This might be one of the best books of the year.”

“Do yourself a favor and find out for yourself by reading this gripping, intense novel.”
Bill Crider

“The Caretaker of Lorne Field is a wonderfully weird, gritty, and pitch-dark legend, perfect for New England.”
Paul Tremblay

“If Stephen King had a true Noir calling and Peter Straub added contemporary horror… and Dean Koontz threw in his fine depiction of ordinary life on the edge of the unknown… then bring the specter of James M. Cain to write the narrative, you’d come close to describing the whole effect of this stunning slice for the zeitgeist wondrous novel and the writing is… pure dark bliss.”
Ken Bruen

“THE CARETAKER OF LORNE FIELD is one of the most original and compelling books I have read in sometime. It’s a horror story, yes. But it is also the stuff of fairy tales, legends, myths. I could not have loved it more.”
Patti Abbott

“I don’t know if the book will come to be regarded as a classic, either now or at some point in the future, but it deserves to be.”


“Spare prose and assured pacing place this above most other contemporary noirs.”
Publisher’s Weekly

“Dave Zeltserman is at it again writing about ex-con antiheroes with the kind of panache that would make Jim Thompson, king of the psycho killer novels, proud.”
Boston Globe

“With graphic imagery and exciting twists, this novel is impossible to put down and has a surprising ending. A brilliant read.”
Aberdeen Press & Journal

“Written in a spare, terse style, and with chapters alternating between past and present, we slowly learn more about March. But even then the closing chapters present a devastating twist and shocking conclusion.”
Sunday Tribune

“Finishing off his men-out-of-prison trilogy, Dave Zeltserman delivers KILLER, which does nothing else but prove to readers that he is truly the king of Boston crime.”

“Killer is a major novel of crime.”
Ed Gorman

“This novel is everything hard-boiled fiction should be – compact, direct and disciplined, and concerned with humans rather than stereotypes. It is also, for all its violent subject matter, a quietly told story, which makes its tension all the more intense”
Mat Coward, Morning Star

“This short, sharp blast of a novel continues Zeltserman’s fearless exploration of criminal psychopathy with a strong narrative, a unique voice and a willingness to present the reader with protagonists who may not be inspirational or necessarily sympathetic, but are endlessly complex, fascinating and terrifying.”
Crime Scene Scotland

“Dave Zeltserman’s Killer is simply one of the best crime novels I’ve read. Not in a long time, not in ages, not this year, but ever.”
Juri Nummelin, Pulpetti

“Here at the Bookbag, we’ve been very impressed with Dave Zeltserman’s work thus far. He uses a wonderful noirish narrative that takes you straight to the heart of the story. His story telling is very straightforward, not weighing down the story with too much style, but sticking to the substance and delivering a hard-hitting work every time. With Killer, he has done the same again.”
Iain Wear, The Bookbag

“Read the book, amici. It’s a very good one that will rock you in the last few pages.”
Charlie Stella

“This is vintage Zeltserman, and that means there’s always a tail. With a sting. Be warned.”
Roger Smith

“Highly recommended … Zeltserman’s choices and the way he links them feel exactly right. He times the revelations and the peeling away of the past to enhance events happening in the present.”

“To put it simply, Killer is a brilliant character study that will rip the literary rug right out from under the reader’s tightly-curled toes.”
The Drowning Pool

“Killer caps off one of the more striking runs in crime fiction of recent years, a series that was consistently darker, bleaker and more violent than practically anything else out there right now.”
Nerd of Noir


“As nasty and clever as noir can get”

“Darkly enjoyable… clear, crisp prose; his fearless portrait of amorality; and his smart plotting… what a fine addition to the local literary scene he’s become.
Boston Globe

“I didn’t think a suspense story could get any more dark and twisted than Zeltserman’s pulp masterpiece…Small Crimes…Now comes Pariah, a doozy of a doom-laden crime story that not only makes merry with the justice system, but also satirizes those bottom feeders in the publishing industry who would sign Osama bin Laden to a six-figure contract for his memoirs, if only they could figure out which cave to send their lawyers into.”
Maureen Corrigan, Washington Post Best Books of 2009

“For readers looking for edgy crime fiction, Pariah fills the bill.”

“This is a masterpiece.”
Seymour Shubin

“Another phenomenal outing for Zeltserman”

“It happens rarely, but sometimes you get to the end of a book and what has gone before leaves you speechless. As a reader, this is a wonderful feeling, as you’ve just been through a great experience. As a book reviewer, however, it presents a problem, as you tend to have to sum up a book in more than no words. My first draft of this review read simply ‘…’ … It’s the kind of book that is going to spoil whatever I read next, as it’s going to be found wanting compared to this.”
The Bookbag

“Pariah is a terrific blast”
Metro (UK)

“If you like your fiction dark, lean and uncompromising, Pariah has to be at the top of your list.”
Roger Smith, Crime Beat South Africa

“Following up the critically acclaimed SMALL CRIMES, Dave Zeltserman had to prove that book was not some sort of fluke. PARIAH proves that CRIMES was no fluke, even surpassing that previous novel in leaps and bounds, to the point that Zeltserman should be considered the new king of Boston crime. In my eyes, the last writer who held that title was George V. Higgins.”
Bruce Grossman, Bookgasm

“Pariah is my pick for crime novel of the year. Tough, relentless, and packed with blunt force trauma, the book uses a Whitey Bulger-inspired premise as the framework for a disturbing and darkly satirical study of a psychopath.”
Hard Feelings

“Take Dave Zeltserman’s Pariah, an entry in what I think of as the Whitey Bulger sweepstakes. Fictions based on the fugitive Boston Irish mobster to date include George V. Higgins’ 2000 novel At the End of the Day and the Oscar-winning Martin Scorsese film The Departed. Zeltserman, writing in the pitch-black comic tradition of Jim Thompson or Charles Willeford, deserves to stand in such exalted company.”
Chauncey Mabe, Palm Beach Arts Paper

“This book just sucked the air right out of me. It’s more than great noir. This book’s got teeth that bite and claws that catch, and it’s a masterpiece… If you revere the dark tales of Charles Willeford, Jim Thompson and James M. Cain, add Dave Zeltserman’s name to your list. I promise you that in years to come, when those first three names are mentioned, so will the fourth.”
The Drowning Pool

“Mean like bad whiskey and sophisticated like good scotch, PARIAH is a rare find and a scorching read.”
Cortright McMeel

“PARIAH  is all I know of bliss and lament. Bliss at reading a superb novel and lament at knowing that Dave Zeltserman has now raised the bar so high, we’re screwed. This is the perfect pitch of reality, history, crime, celebrity, plagiarism, and sheer astounding writing.”
Ken Bruen

“PARIAH is a suspense novel at its very best with a protagonist who is far, far over on the other side of the law. Zeltserman has outdone himself with this depiction of a near-psychopathic personality that is driven by its own strange set of moral principles. The portrayal rings too true. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.”
I Love A Mystery

“If I told you any more, I’d be taking a lot of the fun out of your reading the book, which is fast, furious, and funny. I haven’t even mentioned what goes on in the last third of the story, which was, for me, the most amusing part of the book. I don’t mean this is a farce. It’s far from a comedy, but it’s sharply satirical and mean as a junkyard dog with a burr on its butt.”
Bill Crider

“Dave Zeltserman has been getting lots of praise for his novel Pariah that came out earlier this year. All of it is well-deserved. Every bit of it.”

“Pariah is a tense, violent and sometimes absurd study of criminality and the world’s obsession with it. Each layer has something to say that’ll leave you thinking, cringing or praying. But I mean that in the best possible way. Another great addition to the Serpent’s Tail stable.”
Crime Scene NI

“If the major newspapers and critics have any balls at all, this will be on their top ten lists – and not in some sub-category like “Best Mystery Novel” or some condescending bullshit list like that. This is the real deal, dear readers. Go get yourself a taste.”
Nerd Of Noir

“If you liked Jim Thompson’s The Killer Inside of Me, you’ll enjoy reading Pariah.  It’s one of the most original thrillers I’ve read in a long time.”
The Mystery Bookshelf


“Zeltserman’s breakthrough third crime novel deserves comparison with the best of James Ellroy”
Publisher’s Weekly, starred review

“This tale is told by one of fortune’s fools: Joe Denton is a crooked ex-cop in Vermont who’s just been released from jail after serving seven years for stabbing the local district attorney in the face. Since what’s past is never truly past in crime noir, no sooner does Joe step out of the slammer than cosmic IOU’s begin to rain down on his head. First, the disfigured DA cheerfully greets Joe outside the prison and announces that a local crime kingpin (and Joe’s secret boss) is dying of cancer and has found religion. The kingpin’s expected confession should send Joe straight back behind bars. Then, the local sheriff (also crooked) orders Joe to murder the DA before the crime kingpin can confess. The plot of Small Crimes ricochets out from this claustrophobic opening, and it’s a thing of sordid beauty.”
Maureen Corrigan, NPR’s top 5 crime and mystery novels of 2008

Zeltserman creates an intense atmospheric maze for readers to observe Denton’s twisting and turning between his rocks and hard places. Denton is one of the best realised characters I have read in this genre, and the powerfully noir-ish, uncompromising plot, which truly keeps one guessing from page to page, culminates with a genuinely astonishing finale.”
David Connett, Sunday Express

“spare but ingeniously twisted and imbued with a glossy coating of black humor.”
Washington Post’s Best Books of 2008

“Small Crimes is one of the finest dark suspense novels I’ve read in the past few years.”
Ed Gorman

“Not only does the novel have clean, simple prose, ample suspense and twists, and a fast-paced plot–standard fare; it also offers brilliant psychological insight into tortured souls, and on a deeper level, it is a moralistic tale about how small crimes beget larger ones.”
Bookmarks Magazine

“Small Crimes proves a deft entry in the tradition that goes back to Jim Thompson’s The Killer Inside Me, James M. Cain’s The Postman Always Rings Twice and Charles Willeford’s High Priest of California — small masterpieces celebrating the psychopath as a grinning archetype, as American as apple pie.”

“Small Crimes has plenty of crime, but obsession, hubris, and evil, pure and impure, are at the heart of this vivid noir.”
Thomas Gaughan, Booklist

“Surprisingly bold ending”
Laura Wilson, Guardian

“A Jim Thompson mentality on a Norman Rockwell setting… “Small Crimes” is a strong piece of work, lean and spare, but muscular where a noir novel should be, with a strong central character whom we alternately admire and despise.”
Boston Globe

“nifty, captivating tale… Zeltserman masterfully controls the action, offering dark noir fiction in the best Jim Thompson tradition.”
Lansing State Journal

“A dark masterpiece”
Crimespree Magazine

“Classic noir, dark, funny, shocking and absolutely no compromise. The last 20 pages are truly a kick in the face. Pure magic of the blackest kind.”
Ken Bruen

“Not so much a highway to hell as a full-on rollercoaster ride.”
Shots Magazine

“This is an extremely black tale that grips readers by the throat and doesn’t let go until their last breath has been spent. In other words, it’s a surefire contender for book of the year.”
Bruce Grossman, Bookgasm

“This loamy smorgasbord of salvation and revenge has both a violent and comic edge, marking Zeltserman as a name to watch.”
Crime Time

“The characterization and mental torment are reminiscent of the insightful psychological thrillers of Jim Thompson. Stunning stuff.”
Cath Staincliffe, Tangled Web

“Small Crimes is the kind of grim noir novel they used to write in the Thirties and Forties. There are no good guys, only men who are mean, vicious, tough, corrupt and amoral. Action is frenzied and bloody, women easy but vulnerable, dialogue curt and the plot not necessarily convincing. David Zeltserman serves up the formula with enthusiasm and some fine writing.”
London Times

“It’s Jim Thompson for the new century… Zeltserman comes up with a conclusion that’s both stunning and surprising. Check it out.”
Bill Crider

“ultra-noir, funny, and shocking by turns”
Barnes & Noble

“Zeltserman delves deeply into his specialty, an unorthodox look at the criminal mind– the ‘unlucky’ guy who can fool himself way too long. It kept me turning pages and glancing over my shoulder.”
Vicki Hendricks

“Small Crimes is a superbly crafted tale that takes the best from mid-century noir fiction and drops it expertly into the twenty-first century. Like the very best of modern noir, this is a story told in shades of grey. Immensely subtle, and written with a rare maturity and confidence, the story of troubled ex-con/ex-cop Joe Denton always keeps you guessing. This deserves to be massive. At the very least, it must surely be Dave Zeltserman’s breakthrough novel.”
Allan Guthrie

“Noir at it’s very best”
I Love A Mystery


“This is juicy material for Franken-fans, and Zeltserman is just faithful enough to the original that his many fresh contributions feel entirely normal. Well, abnormal, to be accurate, but deliciously so.”
Daniel Kraus, Booklist, Starred review, Best Horror Novels of the Year

“This reworking of Frankenstein is chilling and captivating!…A tale of justice, true love, and ultimate forgiveness, this gruesome novel is perfect for fans of Stephen King and similar horror stories.”
ForeWord Magazine, Pick of the Week

“Zeltserman keeps the action moving relentlessly forward with minimal padding, either in terms of plot or prose. The action is tight and there’s no shade of purple in his style, but there’s plenty going on thematically.”
NPR Boston, Best Books of 2012

“Gripping, evocative, horrific, and even poignant.”
Tom Piccirilli

“More impressively, Zeltserman’s plot maps almost perfectly onto the plot of Shelley’s novel — the key word being “almost.” In its departures, the novel provides more than its cover price in entertainment. Vampyres abound, as do Satanic cults and the Marquis de Sade, preparing to enact the 120 Days of Sodom in a remote mountain castle. You don’t get much more gothic bang for your buck.”
Los Angeles Times

“A masterpiece of originality, beauty, ugliness, eloquence, wisdom and power. And it’s one hell of a page-turner as well.”
Ed Gorman

“Magnificently horrific… a surprisingly profound reimagining of the Mary Shelley horror classic Frankenstein,… The obvious recommendation here is for horror fans and readers who loved Frankenstein but I would suggest Zeltserman’s Monster to literary and mainstream fiction readers as well. It’s an homage to Shelley’s classic, yes, but it’s also a powerful parable about having the courage to be ourselves”
Paul Goat Allen, Barnes & Noble

“In this enjoyable horror, Zeltserman twists the original by Mary Shelley around, and instead posits the doctor Frankenstein as the mad murderer, and the ‘monster’ as his unfortunate victim, Friedrich Hoffmann. Structured as a chase, the novel has the necessary pace and tension, but it also takes time to depict a Sadeian world.”
The Herald Scotland

“Dave Zeltserman’s Monster is an ingenious interpretation of Shelley’s tale…[his] highly readable style harmonizes beautifully with its 19th century European setting. Monster is a must-read for anyone who enjoys horror stories, and shivers when Boris Karloff’s pale fingers twitch back into life.”
Historical Novels Review

“Zeltserman follows Shelley’s roadmap just enough to infuse the proceedings with a degree of familiarity, yet his point of view and unique deviations from the original story make every page a joy to read…. MONSTER is a book that horror fans and literature aficionados can read with equal gusto.”

“MONSTER is Gothic horror that pulls no punches — a brutal ride through a hellish tale… likely one of the best books of 2012”
Bruce Grossman, Bookgasm

“In Shelley’s classic novel, Dr. Frankenstein’s creation is a monster, albeit a sympathetic one. In Zeltserman’s campy retelling, the real monster is the doctor himself, aided by his co-conspirator, the Marquis de Sade. Frankenstein’s patchwork science experiment is the hero, and his perspective on events will delight anyone familiar with the original material, provided they can handle the depraved scenes of horror.”
Readers Advisory

“MONSTER is a brilliant reimagining of Frankenstein: faithful enough to delight lovers of Mary Shelley’s masterpiece, but wonderfully inventive as it takes the monster (Friedrich Hoffmann) on a bloody quest for vengeance. As he hunts Victor Frankenstein he encounters vampyrs, monks, Satanists, and (memorably)the Marquis de Sade. By far Zeltserman’s best work, and that’s saying something.”
Roger Smith

“Zeltserman got a lot of acclaim for his horror novel The Caretaker of Lorne Field. Monster is a very different kind of book, but it’s just as exciting. When awards season rolls around, this one’s going to be a major contender.”
Bill Crider

“Author Dave Zeltserman is best known for his hard-hitting noir crime novels. He approaches horror with the same take-no-prisoners attitude. Monster is a dark, harrowing tale steeped in grue, and an unrelentingly grim alternate take on Mary Shelley’s classic, as the man who is made Monster seeks revenge, while still desperately clinging to the last shreds of humanity within himself.”

“I’m not usually a fan of retellings of the classics, but this one is terrific—a story well told.”
Fang-tastic Fiction

“a rich and fun response to Shelley’s classic”
Publisher’s Weekly

“This imaginative “revisionist” novel by thriller writer Zeltsersman (“A Killer’s Essence”) is narrated by the man who woke up on Victor Frankenstein’s lab table and found himself transformed into the monster. And Frankenstein himself? Not the guilt-wracked man of science portrayed by Shelley, but an evil genius in league with the Marquis de Sade.”

“Think of what makes for a happy day: pleasurable immersion in the moment and coiled anticipation of what is to come.  That’s how you feel reading this novel.  Dave Zeltserman is a monster storyteller.”
Jildy Sauce

“Fans of the original tale should enjoy this book immensely; readers new to the literary Frankenstein will enjoy the weaving in of vampires, wolves, severed heads that talk, paintings that come to life, and of course the monster himself. Teachers of Mary Shelley’s classic would do well in future to assign MONSTER for contrast and comparison and downright fun.”
Drowning Machine

“Brace yourself when Friedrich reaches that castle. Frankenstein is a villain that will make your skin crawl, and is the ultimate embodiment of evil. He even outdoes the Marquis, and that says quite a lot. Monster weighs in at just over 200 pages, but manages to pack a huge punch. If you’re a fan of Frankenstein and the mythos that surrounds it, and love literary horror, this one’s for you. Highly recommended!”

“Dave Zeltserman continues to expertly explore the depths of darkness with MONSTER. This brutal, clever retelling of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein pits Victor Frankenstien and the infamous evil of the Marquis de Sade versus the most famous resurrected-man-turned-creature who only longs to avenge the murder of his fiance. MONSTER shocks and rampages as well as it deftly entertains.”
Paul Tremblay

“The result is a fun read. The gloomy German settings have the right atmosphere. Zeltserman’s monster is a fully fleshed character—uglier, tougher, and less innocent than Shelley’s, but still sympathetic. Besides the nefarious Marquis, Zeltserman adds vampires and satanists to the mix as well, seemingly just for some added adventures. And if the end result seems a little too episodic and a little bit too seedy, I’m willing to set that aside as an homage to those earliest Gothic novels.  If you’re not the squeamish sort give Monster a try. It’s certainly appropriate October reading.”
Thommy Ford Reads

“I flat out loved it… A graphic, brutal story with heart and soul”
Crimespree Magazine

“Monster is a gripping gothic horror tale, brilliantly told.”
Between the Covers


A small gem of crime fiction”

“a dark gem of a story…a macabre delight to read”

“A dark, lightening-paced read”
Financial Times

“Zeltserman’s nifty bit of neo-noir is damned decent fun”
DIG Boston

“And here again, Zeltserman manages to tell a riveting story in the straightforward, personality-driven manner at which he’s so accomplished. There’s no purple in his prose even though he obviously has learned lessons of the genre from masters like Jim Thompson. His characters aren’t as hard-bitten, which perhaps is why it’s easier to identify with them.”
Boston Globe

Bodies mount up as the double dealing and revenge gather apace. The blurb on the book describes it as a “fast-paced, edge-of-your seat crime novel,” and it really does live up to the hype. Add this to your holiday reading list for a piece of escapism.”
Morning Star

“Dave Zeltserman’s OUTSOURCED is a speedy, gritty, hardboiled bank robbery tale that bops and weaves along as a group of out-of-work computer programmers decide to get their hands dirty and find they like it a lot. As with Zeltserman’s previous novels SMALL CRIMES, PARIAH, and KILLER, his greatest storytelling skill is in the small true, emotional details that every reader will understand. He will definitely keep you flipping pages as fast you can, and once you finish one book you’ll be racing on to the next.”
Tom Piccirilli

“Back in the “real” world, Dave Zeltserman’s Outsourced is a dryly witty take on the heist caper genre with a gaggle of reluctantly redundant software engineers planning the perfect bank robbery. He brings together crazed hitmen, Russian mafiosi, Iraqi antiques smugglers and domestic angst in a fast-paced action romp that has the inestimable advantage (or not) that its characters are actually human.”
London Times

“DAVE Zeltserman is one of the new, highly original voices in crime fiction, his writing spare, disciplined and concrete. His plots are as original as anyone writing hard-boiled fiction with an attractive noir edge, and always grimly entertaining. Like his characters. Outsourced, already being turned into a movie, follows an all-too-human bunch of outsourced software engineers who have no job prospects and no long-term insurance but do possess a plan. They are going to use their computing skills to rob a bank, and Zeltserman delivers a finely paced, witty and stylish take on the heist caper novel. More than most authors churning out mysteries, Zeltserman is fully steeped in the conventions of crime fiction. He remains absolutely his own hard man.”
The Australian

“It’s a bleak book with a bleak ending, one you’re likely to keep reading past your bedtime to get to. Zeltserman had a breakout year in 2010, and this book will just add to his growing reputation.”
Bill Crider

“Dan Wilson is out of work and on the verge of losing his eyesight. With a mortgage to pay and a family to support, he is an ordinary guy desperate for money. He conceives a can’t-miss bank heist, enlists the help of some friends, and then—surprise!—things don’t go exactly as planned. Dave Zeltserman cleverly and effectively engineers the plot with a steady supply of action and surprises. In sum, Outsourced is thoroughly entertaining noir in a traditional vein.”
Noirboiled Notes

“OUTSOURCED is brilliantly paced and reminiscent of A SIMPLE PLAN with the supposed non-criminals slowly descending into desperation and violence, and Zeltserman gives the characters (Dan, in particularly) a kind of heartbreaking vulnerability as well. Another great crime novel from Zeltserman.”
Paul Tremblay

“In only a couple of years, Dave Zeltserman has become one of my favorite “must read” authors. Outsourced, although written four years ago and just now being published in the US, proves not only that the man has talent, but consistently delivers a slam-bang story full of real-world complications. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.”
The Drowning Machine

“The whole plot of the book is very well scripted and the ingenious plan concocted by Dan and Shrini will give any bankers who read this nightmares. As ever though plans that look good on paper rarely work so well when executed and the maelstrom of events which the robbery sets into action are both hilarious and dramatic.”

“No one likes being laid off, but some people rebound in more creative ways than others. “Outsourced” tells the story of four software engineers who when faced with being outsourced, plan their profitable vengeance on their former employers, but soon find playing on the other side of the law has far more complications than simply being caught. A riveting thriller all too topical in today’s job market, “Outsourced” is a read that shouldn’t be overlooked for thriller readers.”
Midwest Book Review

“This gripping, exciting bank caper reminded me of a mix between Dog Day Afternoon and Fargo, where peaceful, but despondent men get caught up in something bigger then themselves.”
MPL Blog

“Outsourced is a 24/7 novel, what some would call an all-nighter. It is one of those novels that you rush to finish, such is the pace at which the story is told. Rest assured, a compelling and compulsive read. You won’t want to subcontract this beauty out at all.”

“Zeltserman was employed in the software industry for twenty-two years, and this intimate familiarity adds an authenticity to the explosive drama of the novel and, in particular, to the IT engineers who struggle within its construct. The author’s mastery at characterization is as honed here as it’s ever been, and the narrative thrust displays furious cinematic pacing. Caper and heist novels of the sort exemplified by Lionel White and Richard Stark, respectively, have spurred a number of imitators throughout the decades, but few match the thrills present in Zeltserman’s contemporary offering. Highly recommended.”
Ron Clinton, Spinetingler Magazine

“I’ve been crazy about Dave Zeltserman’s books since the beginning; Fast Lane was an early Hardboiled Pick. His trilogy of Small Crimes, Pariah, and Killer should be indispensable to the reading list of any follower of modern noir fiction. This latest book simply kicks ass and is one of the most fun and twisted reads I’ve had in ages. His protagonist is a middle-aged software engineer who has been out of work for over a year as work is outsourced. Slowly going blind from a rare eye disease, he faces a dim (no pun intended) future in his field. But you see, Dan has a plan: he helped design the security system for a bank (the same bank which outsourced the coding work to India), and with the help of a rag tag assortment of fellow out-of-work IT guys he plans the perfect heist. Naturally, it all goes horribly wrong very quickly…”
Patrick Millikin, Poisoned Pen Bookstore

“Outsourced is a f*cking blockbuster of a novel, the type of book that you cancel plans for, even if said plans were to drop ecstasy in a snowbound cabin with a dead ringer for Christina Hendricks. Okay, that last bit might be pushing it, but you’d at least pack Outsourced with you so you’d have something to do between rounds of furious rumpy-and/or-pumpy. The Nerd has certainly not been shy with affection for Dave Zeltserman’s work in the past, but this is the book that, if we live in a just world, should give him the audience of a Don Winslow or a Dennis Lehane.”
Nerd of Noir

“Outsourced is not only a good read, but also a sobering one that makes you wonder about the nature of the human being: if driven to the edge, would an average law-abiding citizen commit a crime in order to survive? And once having done that, can that same person face the consequences with a clear head? The answers are not easy, and Zeltserman repeatedly turns to the reader, who in the end has to answer them on his own.”

“Desperation in the face of mounting economic hardship is a theme many can sympathize with and Dan makes a convincing protagonist as readers are drawn into his life.”
Monsters and Critics

“In Dave Zeltserman’s superb crime novel a bunch of software engineers, unemployed as a consequence of the financial crisis, plan to rob a bank. Somehow, it seems apt.”
Jildy Sauce


“The sympathy that Zeltserman invokes on behalf of Henry is heartbreaking, and readers will fully believe in both the madness and the greatness of his tragic young hero.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Humor outweighs the horror in this amusing look at a 15-year-old saving the world . . . Zeltserman manages the voice of a teenager deftly, and the adolescent angst rings true. The demons are almost background to a tale about growing up.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Henry’s fortitude and single-mindedness will stir the hearts of adult and YA action fantasy fans”
Library Journal

“His step-by-step progress toward demon slaughter could be read as standard ­supernatural-adventure fare if it weren’t for the nagging impression to Zeltserman’s credit, he never overplays it that Henry is schizophrenic, and he’s unwittingly preparing to murder innocents. That possibility gives the book a highly upsetting edge.”

“Dave Zeltserman is not new to horror but this book (Overlook, hardcover, October 15, 2014), is a slight departure for him. Henry Dudlow sees demons who are masquerading as humans and it is up to him to stop them. But he is only a teenager. This tale is less horror and more humor and mystery. Definitely it is representative of the lighter side of horror.”
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“Dave writes these modern pulps with attitude and jet propulsion, and has this new-school-old-school nasty streak that–forget getting under your skin–gets under your fingernails. BOY is no different.”
Paul Tremblay

‘Like Stephen King, Dave Zeltserman makes the incredible come alive.”

“Zeltserman has long doubled as a mystery and horror writer, and he’s equally riveting at both.”

“A fun and clever read, great for fans of dark humor.”
Rue Morgue Magazine

‘There’s plenty of suspense and lots of chapter cliffhangers that make the book hard to put down. Zeltserman comes up aces again, with just the book for your Halloween reading.’
Bill Crider

‘The Boy Who Killed Demons’ is a safe bet for a good, compelling read that is easy to pick up and hard to put down.”
Intravenous Magazine

“The question readers of this stylish young adult fantasy thriller have to ask themselves is whether Henry is correct in his beliefs or simply delusional. There are no easy answers in Henry’s world, but I think you’ll enjoy his company.”
Crime Review

“Clever, witty, and dark as hell.”
Keith B. Walters

“The Boy Who Killed Demons is an accomplished and highly entertaining  novel.  A thrilling read with some genuine moments of heart in your throat tension.” Ginger Nuts of Horror

“Zeltserman has pulled off a neat trick here: this coming-of-age novel is genuinely scary and genuinely funny, two things that do not often work together. You could, I suppose, read the whole story as an allegory about the shock and horror so many teens experience when they figure out just how nasty adolescence and adulthood can be, or you can just take it for what it is: boy meets demons, boy fights demons, boy triumphs. Either way, it’s a fascinating tale. And the devils are in the details.” Under the Covers

“I really enjoyed this book, and found it to be a nice mix of a believable main character, an interesting take on the whole seeing-demons idea, and a bit of wry humor.”
Fluidity of Time

“An entertaining novel, dark and humorous, touching and often exciting, with lots of inventive demon lore.”
Jildy Sauce

“If you are not reading Dave Zeltserman you are not reading the right books. This year brought us Zeltserman’s The Boy Who Killed Demons and it was quite a great read.”
Regular Guy Reading Noir

“If you know a teen who’s already read a lot of Stephen King, and laps up horror and funky sex as if these were breakfast cereal, you might want to share this book with that teen. Otherwise, keep it for yourself (provided you, too, are a horror fan!) and enjoy the journey back to your own teens, as you keep Henry company.”
Kingdom Books

“Talking of end, Dave ramps up the tension and turns dark into darker over the last quarter, leaving us breathless and behind a cushion. (Ok, the sudden need to be behind soft furnishings may just be me!)”
The Bookbag

“Much like his very good The Caretaker of Lorne Field that was much more mystery than horror, that is the case here with a novel that is much more science fiction or fantasy than horror. No matter how you personally would classify it, The Boy Who Killed Demons is a good read.”
Kevin Tipple

‘For a YA novel, there’s plenty of action, a splash of horror and lots of suspense. It’s also loaded with drama which stems from being a teenager and from the curse that has befallen Henry.’


“A KILLER’S ESSENCE is tightly plotted storytelling featuring realistically flawed and memorable characters.”
Paul Tremblay

“Zeltserman’s lean but muscular style, so evident in “Killer’’ and “The Caretaker of Lorne Field,’’ is just as sharply honed here. His ability to juggle Green’s story and Lynch’s, develop a riveting murder mystery, and even mix in some Brighton Beach ex-KGB sleazeballs, all in less than 250 pages, is a pretty neat page-turning trick…a memorable winner.”
Boston Globe

“This eerie thriller deftly blurs the lines between madness and the perception of reality.”

“Zeltserman’s signature creepiness is available here and there, but what really drives this novel is the engaging portrait of an honest, hardworking cop who, on the job and off, gives the best he’s got, knowing how rarely it will be enough.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Last night I finished the best crime novel I have read in the last year — an advance reading copy of Dave Zeltserman”s book A Killer”s Essence, which will be published by Overlook Press in September. The story line was superb as well as the characters . . . [Zeltserman] nailed the atmosphere of New York City and Brooklyn. There is no question that our customers will love this book. And there is no question that I want a copy for my collection, when this comes out.”
Dave Kanell, Kingdom

“Detective Green is a believable character, down on his luck with little going for him but his job. Nonetheless, he meanders through life, precariously balancing all its myriad and conflicting facets, and coming out on top in this chilling page-turner attuned to the most discerning of avid crime lovers. Well written and well paced. Recommended.”
New York Journal of Books

“Zeltserman is garnering quite a reputation for innovation in crime fiction, and his latest book shows why. Beginning with all the customary trappings of a world-weary cop yarn, the novel smoothly transitions into Zeltserman’s subtle, edgy brand of horror. Homicide detective Stan Green thinks his one lead to the identity of a serial killer just went south when Zachary Lynch, the only eyewitness, claims he only sees people’s souls, not their faces. As Green gradually learns more than he really wants to know about Lynch and the bizarre ability he claims to possess, the novel becomes a character-rich study of conflict between preconception and perception. Mix in a serial killer making his debut, and the tension just keeps coming. Zeltserman’s new work retains the honed-razor psychological insight of his award-winning The Caretaker of Lorne Field (2010). A scary, keep-you-guessing thriller not to be missed.”
Elliott Swanson, Booklist

“In riveting narrative, Zeltserman illustrates what happens to a wounded man whose psychic powers outstrip his ability to cope. Think you’d like the power to see inside the dark hearts of others? Think again. How would it feel if, on the way to the office, we saw demons on the sidewalk, harpies on the subway? This is strong stuff, and the author is expert at sharing Zach’s horror, as well Green’s empathic reaction to it.”
Mystery Scene

“One of author Dave Zeltserman’s great gifts is taking a trope and turning it on its head. Here he takes the police procedural/serial killer tale and spins it into a poignant, psychological study of a man whose impulses and decisions are isolating him from humanity.”
The Drowning Machine

“It’s a quick, quirky, fresh read, noir yet with a hopeful ending”

“Highly recommended for those interested in the suspence/noir/thriller genre”
A Momentary Taste of Being

“A KILLER’S ESSENCE is complete in itself, but Zeltserman leaves just enough plot threads dangling at the end that a sequel, while not necessary, would be appropriate. And Green? I was screaming at the guy halfway through the book, but by the conclusion, I wanted to buy him a beer. And a ticket to a baseball game. Sequel or not, you need to meet Green and read A KILLER’S ESSENCE.”

“It’s here: another entry into the gritty and grim world of Dave Zeltserman. For those unfamiliar, Zeltserman has crafted some of the darkest crime novels to have come out in the past few years, and A KILLER’S ESSENCE shows it’s still a world with no sunshine in sight.”

“Dave Zeltserman takes more risks than any other writer I know. With each book he pushes harder against the comfortable definitions of genre fiction: A Killer’s Essence brilliantly blurs the lines between police-procedural and horror/ paranormal. So forget about pigeon-holing Zeltserman, just grab this book and immerse yourself in the brutal world of an author who is a true original. Then (if you haven’t already) go and read all his others.”
Roger Smith

“There’s a lot going on in this novel, but Zeltserman meshes everything skilfully while moving the story along like a rocket, and he wraps everything up in under 250 pages. Mark this one up as another big hit in Zeltserman’s current winning streak and be sure to check it out when it becomes available next month. You’ll be glad you did.”
Bill Crider

“…proving just how adept he is at yet another cross-genre  category, (let’s call this one a quasi-procedural, horror/thriller, that okay with you?) Whether it’s the William Powell/Myrna Loy Thin Man-esque Julius Katz and Archie, the dark-heart territory of his Man Out of Prison trilogy (Small Crimes, Pariah, Killer), the vampiric thrills of Blood Crimes or the supernatural-tinged horror of Caretaker of Lorne Field, Zeltserman seems at home and in charge wherever he parks his pen.”
Jedidiah Ayres, Barnes & Noble Ransom Notes

“A Killer’s Essence by Dave Zeltserman is an absorbing novel that skillfully integrates the various characters’ stories and the murder investigation seamlessly into a fascinating story. Edged with darkness, this is crime fiction that goes beyond the case and into the life of the detective.”
Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library