The Mysterious Bookshop

Otto Penzler, proprietor of The Mysterious Bookshop, founded The Mysterious Press in 1975. The imprint was devoted to printing the best mystery, crime and suspense books, using fine paper and top dust jacket artists.

It went on to publish such best-selling authors as James Ellroy, P.D. James, Donald E. Westlake, Eric Ambler, Ross Macdonald, Isaac Asimov, Ed McBain, Kingsley Amis and Elmore Leonard, both in hardcover and paperback.

Today, The Mysterious Press exists in three forms.

Working in conjunction with Open Road Integrated Media, is converting previously-published works to eBook formats, from notable authors like James Ellroy, Donald Westlake, Ross Thomas, Brian Garfield and Christianna Brand, among others. The press is also publishing original novels by previously-published authors and talented newcomers, some of which are available as print editions. Visit the website to see all the books the press has to offer.

The Mysterious Press at Grove/Atlantic

This press, an imprint of Grove/Atlantic, features new releases from such Edgar Allan Poe Award–winning authors as Thomas H. Cook, Andrew Klavan, and Thomas Perry. For more information, follow this link.

The Mysterious Press at HighBridge Audio

HighBridge Audio, a leading publisher of spoken word audio, is producing fantastic audio books of our books, from both the Grove/Atlantic and lines.


We are devoted to all things mysterious, from hard-boiled hardcovers to pulpy paperbacks, suspected signings and whispers around town.

Located at 58 Warren St in New York City, we are open Monday-Saturday from 11am-7pm. 212.587.1011

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