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Seventh Street Books®, where fiction is a crime, is devoted to publishing quality mystery and thriller fiction. It is an imprint of Prometheus Books, an independent publisher of provocative and progressive nonfiction.


Launched in October 2012, Seventh Street Books® debuted with a diverse lineup of crime fiction that included the mystery in Paris break-out hit The Bookseller: The First Hugo Marston Novel; the first of a critically-acclaimed police procedural trilogy set in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, The Cold Cold Ground; the literary-noir mystery within a mystery Hammett Unwritten; a newly-blind psychiatrist as an “expert witness” in a murder trial in Dante’s Wood; and a new line of Carolyn Hart classics. Our first legal thriller—the compelling debut novel Corrupt Practices—was published in June 2013.


Seventh Street Books® continues to develop favorite characters (such as Hugo Marston, Samuel Craddock, Eli Paxton, Mark Angelotti, and Mac McLellan) and discover and nurture new authors (including Mark Pryor, Robert Rotstein, Lynne Raimondo, and Terry Shames.)


The name Seventh Street Books™ pays homage to the trailblazing influence of Edgar Allan Poe. Poe published “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”–considered by many to be the first detective story and an inspiration to later mystery fiction—while living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site there is located in a preserved home once rented by the author on North Seventh Street. 


Prometheus Books first entered the genre fiction market in March 2005 when it launched Pyr®, a science fiction and fantasy imprint. Founded in 1969, Prometheus Books has a back catalog of nearly 2,500 books and produces an average of 110 new titles each year across four lines: 
Prometheus Books, Humanity Books, Pyr®, and Seventh Street Books®.