World Enough

“With a colorful cast of characters, a gift for detail, and intricate plotting, Simon takes her readers deep into the esoteric world of the Boston music scene.”


-Lisa Unger

As Dark As My Fur

“Clea Simon paints a sweeping emotional cityscape that will stay with you long after you put the book down.”


-Ingrid King



I’m Clea Simon, author of the rock ‘n’ roll noir WORLD ENOUGH; the Theda Krakow, Dulcie Schwartz, Pru Marlowe, and Blackie & Care mysteries; and also a handful of nonfiction books. Please browse around and make yourself at home. I’d love to see you at one of my events, and I’m always happy to hear your feedback.

As featured in the Wall Street Journal and on NPR

Clea Simon writes with authority and affection about a lost world. Highly recommended.

Catriona McPherson

A twisty, bittersweet trip, with just the right mix of edge and nostalgia.

Joseph Finder

So vividly written and so rich and real, these characters’ collective loss of innocence feels shockingly personal

Caroline Leavitt

This is a haunting carpe noctem novel, and Simon seizes the night with a firm, relentless grip

Anthony DeCurtis

Recent Blog Posts

Going dark…

You should write romantic suspense. That was how it started. A possibly offhand comment by my publisher over drinks at Crimefest that sent me off into a tizzy. After 22 mysteries ranging from cozy to paranormal, I was being directed to change things up. I’d written...

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Chatting with Julie Kramer of RadioBDC

Back in the day, Julie spun vinyl on WFNX. These days, all the music is digital, and the radio station is too. 'FNX is long gone, but RadioBDC lives on – and Julie had me on her lunch-hour show to chat about the days of the Rat and the Channel, Boston's great live...

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Of memory and music…

When I visit bookstores, I want to do more than just read. I want to give a little context. Introduce some of the themes of World Enough, and explain that, no, I’m not just writing up all the dirt I couldn’t … back in the day. This is more or less what I’ve been...

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