Grant Jerkins is the author of A Very Simple Crime, which The New York Times called "An extremely nasty study in abnormal psychology." The prize-winning debut was selected by Book of the Month Club, Mystery Guild, QPB, The Literary Guild, and Doubleday Book Club; and has since been optioned for film by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Nicholas Kazan. 

Jerkins is also the author of At the End of the RoadThe Ninth Step, and coauthor of Done in One.



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Crime can be said, in a certain sense, to be nature's experiment on humanity.


"Grant's fans will never forgive him."
Penguin Group, Senior Executive Editor

"I'm afraid that I really didn't like it. While it is certainly well-written, as are all of Grant's books, I found it to be too dark and off-putting. There really isn't anyone to "root" for and the subject matter is pretty distasteful. That being said, I would hate to end our publishing relationship with Grant at this point. For me, personally, and as a company as well, we are really committed to building Grant's career."
Penguin/Berkley, Project Editor

"There is some dark magic in this one. I mean, really dark. Like whittle-my-bones-to-a-bloody-point dark. Jerkins calmly, unflinchingly goes about his business of crafting some troubled yet sympathetic characters who are in dire straits. That he manages to make these characters sympathetic, their problems understandable, is impressive and prompts the reader to consider the justice in violence. But despite the skill of its execution ... I must pass."
HarperCollins, Acquisitions Editor


BLIGHT DIGEST -- 13 stories of horror featuring works from Matt Andrew, Angel Luis Colón, Eddie McNamara, Grant Jerkins and others.


Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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"A vivid, visceral look at the world of the police sniper, and it gets your adrenal gland working overtime."
New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner


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The Ninth Step is: "[A] sharp and edgy novel . . . darkly comic, consistently surprising, and agreeably macabre." —Publishers Weekly


"Irresistibly nerve-racking . . . a twisted valentine to noir masters James M. Cain and Cornell Woolrich that still creates its own distinctive nightmare world." —Kirkus Reviews

A high school geometry teacher becomes obsessed with finding the hit-and-run driver who murdered his wife.

You have to admire the purity of Jerkins's writing: He's determined to peer into the darkness and tell us exactly what he sees.         

 --The Washington Post

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 A Very Simple Crime

There’s not a soul you can trust in the story…[a] well-fashioned but extremely nasty study in abnormal psychology, which dares us to solve a mystery in which none of the normal character cues can be taken at face value.

                       --Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review


No one in this novel is as they appear to be, and the twists and turns never let up until the very last page. This dark, chilling debut…is a real page-turner and should especially appeal to legal thriller fans.”

                       --Library Journal (starred review)


So stylishly twisted that I read it in one sitting. (Top 10 of the year)

                       --Carole Barrowman, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


A masterfully Hitchcockian story...Jerkins’ writing is both brilliant and brutal...and you’ll be kicking yourself if you don’t jump on board his bandwagon and get a comfy seat now because there’s going to be standing room only soon.

                           --Elizabeth A. White, Savannah Morning News



The product of A Very Talented Writer. Don't miss it. 

                                       --NYT bestselling author Ridley Pearson


Truly unusual. This one will haunt you.

                             --The Poisoned Pen


Jerkins juggles his plot twists like a top circus acrobat in this nasty legal noir.

                             --Publishers Weekly


Gritty, sordid, disturbing and addictive.

                             --Richmond Times-Dispatch





A Very Simple Crime is out now from Penguin/Berkley, and is available in bookstores, as well as online at Amazon, Borders, Barnes & Noble, etc. And look for it at Mystery Lovers Bookshop, who recently reccomended AVSC in their newsletter, calling it "A Real Stunner."


Also available for the Kindle and other ebook formats.




Check out WREK Atlanta 91.1 FM  to hear my appearance as the featured guest on The North Avenue Lounge. WREK is the entirely student managed, operated and engineered radio station at Georgia Tech. They broadcast 24/7 on 91.1 FM with 40,000 Watts of quality, diverse programming. 


I was one of three featured guests on Suspense Radio's special showcase of debut authors. The show was aired live and the archived recording is now online.


Full text of Patrick Anderson's review from The Washington Post.


A Letter from Grant Jerkins at the Berkley Prime Crime website.


Author Q&A from Atlanta INtown magazine.


Feature article published in the current issue of Cobb Life magazine.


Steven Nester interviews me on his radio show Poets of the Tabloid Murder.


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Thank you to Georgia Center for the Book, the state affiliate of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., who hosted the launch event for A Very Simple Crime.





The winner of the Writer’s Network Screenplay and Fiction competition, Grant Jerkins’ first novel, A Very Simple Crime, was selected from well over two-thousand entries to take the top honors.