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Keith Houghton

Keith Houghton Updated February 26, 2015



Book Listings

Amazon International Top 10 Best-Seller - THRILLERS | SUSPENSE | MYSTERY
Amazon #1 International Best-Seller - POLICE PROCEDURALS
Amazon #1 International Best-Seller - HARD-BOILED

Amazon #1 US | UK | CAN | FRA Best-Seller - POLICE PROCEDURALS
Amazon #1 US | CAN | FRA Best-Seller - HARD-BOILED
Amazon #2 UK Best-Seller - HARD-BOILED
Amazon #3 UK Best-Seller - THRILLERS
Amazon #3 UK Best-Seller - MYSTERY
Amazon #5 US Best-Seller - SUSPENSE
Amazon #6 US Best-Seller - THRILLERS
Keith Houghton

Author Details

Pen Name
Keith Houghton
Memberships & Designations
Crime Writer's Association
Where I Live
When I was thirteen, my English teacher advised me to write something other than science fiction - since she was fed up with reading my sci-fi short stories whenever she gave the class a creative essay assignment. At the foot of one of these flights of fancy, in bold red ink, she told me I'd never make it as a science fiction writer. It took me thirty years to heed her advice and switch genres. Now my self-published crime thrillers have sold more than 150,000 copies on Amazon alone and notched up over a third of a million downloads worldwide. Why didn't I listen to her sooner?

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From an early age, Keith dreamed of becoming a full-time novelist. He spent too much of his childhood reading books, mostly by flashlight, tented under the bed covers when he ought to have been catching up on his beauty sleep - and you can tell. As his imagination grew wings, his love of the written word took flight into the writing itself. Armed with an old Remington typewriter, Keith wrote his first full-length novel at age 18. Then, in and around raising a family, he penned several science fiction novels and even three comedy stage plays, one of which was produced by a theater company to critical acclaim.

With the advent of the eBook, Keith turned to self-publishing and launched his first crime thriller KILLING HOPE on Amazon in November 2011. Within two months it reached high in the Kindle Top 100 on both sides of The Pond, grabbing the #1 slots in Police Procedurals and Hard-Boiled. Spurred on by this success, Keith wrote two best-selling sequels, attracting more than 1000 five-star reviews on the Kindle versions.

KILLING HOPE, the first book in Keith's bestselling Gabe Quinn Thrillers series, was chosen by the Editors at Amazon UK to feature in their Best 150 Picks of 2013, after it reached #4 in the UK Chart and stayed in the Top 10 for 3 weeks. Each book in the Series has achieved the #1 position in its Kindle categories, internationally, on multiple occasions.

In February 2014, Keith guest-starred on the Amazon booth at the London Author Fair, working with the Kindle Team, where he chaired group seminars for indie authors interested in Amazon Publishing.

In January 2015, Keith was signed to Thomas & Mercer, an Amazon Publishing imprint, for his first standalone thriller.

Keith's writing style, suspenseful storytelling and engaging characters have been likened by Kindle readers to Dennis Lehane, Raymond Chandler and Michael Connelly. His books sell in 10 countries and his success story has been featured on the Amazon Gateway and in the Kindle Newsletter.

Keith doesn't write run-of-the-mill mysteries. He doesn't conform to formulaic storytelling. He shies away from stereotypical characters and doesn't pad his stories with unnecessary waffle. What he delivers are edge-of-the-seat thrillers crammed so full of breathtaking twists and turns you'll need a neck brace and a vacation after reading. His characters are emotive and his plots are addictive. His killer endings are to die for. So don't just sit there ... Buy this series!

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Keith is an independent self-published author, currently dividing his time between writing a standalone thriller and pulling hair out of the plughole.


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