John Saul Books In Order

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Suffer the Children (1977) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Punish the Sinners (1978) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cry for the Strangers (1979) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Comes the Blind Fury (1980) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
When the Wind Blows (1981) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The God Project (1983) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nathaniel (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Brainchild (1985) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hellfire (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Unwanted (1987) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Unloved (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Creature (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sleepwalk (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Second Child (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Darkness (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shadows (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Guardian (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Homing (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Black Lightning (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Presence (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Right Hand of Evil (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nightshade (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Manhattan Hunt Club (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Midnight Voices (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Black Creek Crossing (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Perfect Nightmare (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
In the Dark of the Night (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Devil's Labyrinth (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Faces of Fear (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
House of Reckoning (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

The Blackstone Chronicles (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Graphic Novels

John Saul Presents The Blackstone Chronicles (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

For over 35 years, John Saul has been publishing at least one New York Times Best Seller each year. Millions of his books are now available worldwide in print and translated in 29 different languages. Year after year he has been voted in as the lead author for Ballantine Books/Random House.

One of his works includes The Blackstone Chronicles, a six-book serial novel he published on a monthly basis for six stretches. The book appeared on New York Times Best Seller list for the better part of the year, winning awards and later on being developed into a video game—The Blackstone Chronicles—that’s still being played all around the world as we speak.

Born on Feb 25th, 1942 in Pasadena, California, Saul was raised in Whittier before graduating from Whittier High School, 1959. He thereafter enrolled to several colleges including Antioch in Ohio, Montana State University, Cerritos in Norwalk, and San Francisco State College, but didn’t last longer enough in any of them to actually graduate. Though he doesn’t hold any degree, his majors included Liberal Arts, Anthropology and Theater.

According to Saul, by the time he was deciding to leave college, he had already made up his mind that he was going to be a full time writer. But before his dream panned out, he was forced to spend 15 years of his youthful life doing all sorts of jobs to foot his bills as he tried to polish his craft.

Within the 15 years, Saul wrote a number of unpublished manuscripts and around ten books he published under different pens names. A case in point is a book he wrote during a weekend after he was laid off from work out of the blue. This book, as often joked by him, earned him $200; the amount he claims was the first earning he ever received from writing.

He eventually succeeded in finding an agent in New, whose best bet was to keep sending his manuscripts to various publishers, and make the rejection letters sound a bit hopeful. A glint of hope shone when one of his manuscripts was send to Dell, who even though didn’t like the manuscript enough to buy it, asked him if he could put together a psychological thriller. He had no option but to assemble the outline and keep his fingers crossed.

That’s when the hit came. Both his agent and Dell were unanimous in pointing out how the outline had all the ingredients of a best-seller. They were ready to stick their necks out for a first novel by an unknown author. So first they decided to promote the paperback on National TV, and the gamble paid off in ten folds.

A month after “Suffer the Children” was released, the book succeeded in sneaking its way in all the best-seller lists in the country, garnering the number one slot in Canada. That marked the beginning of all his subsequent books being made the best-sellers.

In addition to being a successful novelist, John’s interest in theatre has also paid off. As a playwright with several plays produced in Seattle and Los Angeles, and two of them optioned in New York, Saul’s feat in theatre is nothing to sneeze at. It goes without mentioning his “Cry for the Strangers” novel that Gerber Production Company and M.G.M made into a C.B.S movie.

In his “The Blackstone Chronicle” series, Saul follows the lives of several leading families in the fictitious small hamlet of Blackstone—the McGuires, the Beckers, the Connallys, and the Hartwicks, all of whom have a role to play in the shocking turn of events.

What’s more fascinating is how their lives have been intertwined through births, deaths, marriages, business dealings, hardships, rivalries, and occasional triumphs. It goes on to reveal the shocking events and circumstances that bind all the people of Blackstone together.

But how can you explain the relationships, the events, or the catalyst that establishes the motion that’s now the basis of all the evil that’s engulfing Blackstone? How best can you tell the separate stories of different characters whose lives are chained to one, long-hidden past and controlled by one powerful force?

The series has the answer to all the conundrums you have. Conceived in parts or installments, “The Blackstone Chronicles” series is full of suspense and intrigue that appears to take form as you head to finish all the volumes in the series. However, it’s important to note that each book under the series arrives with its own set of new puzzles, all of which connect towards the end of the series.

The first book in the series is “An Eye for an Eye: The Doll,” which begins with the story of Oliver Metcalf, an editor of the Blackstone Chronicle, fretfully presiding over a ceremony that’s supposed to see to it that the Old Asylum is demolished. Turns out, the building’s fate still hangs on the beam, as financial problems crop up forcing the projected to be frozen.

Next we are introduced to Contractor Bill McGuire, who, on the face of it, can’t hide his dismay over the halted project. He’s determined to proceed and finish the project without further ado, notwithstanding he has a family and a pregnant wife to take care of.

Before he gets in over his head with the project, someone drops a package at his door. Mrs McGuire opens it only to find it’s an antique doll with blond hair. Her young daughter, Megan is all fired up about the gift and can’t stop wrapping her arms around it. But, Bill’s wife, Elizabeth smells a rat. Who sent the doll and what is it for? But what both Bill and Elizabeth are yet to find out is that such innocent gifts often herald a murderous menace in Blackstone.

As much as the second book–Twist of Fate; The Locket—in the series is still connected to the first, it features loads of new characters and its own unique puzzle. First we are introduced to Jules Hartwick, who has hit the highest echelon of success in almost all aspect of his life. Being the president of the first National Bank in Blackstone, his career is one to be admired by many. He has a lovely daughter, whose wedding plans to another tycoon are still underway. But there’s one rub in Jules’ theoretical happy life—the Federal Reserve is on his neck and the disturbing audit comes as a bottleneck to all plans to finance the Blackstone Centre, slated to rise on the Old Asylum’s site.

Now on one fateful night, after relishing a lavishing dinner, another mysterious package is dropped at Hartwick’s doorstep. But this time the gift is a silver Locket; not a doll as with the McGuire. Who sent it and why? Jules can’t trace the root of his suspicions. But as it turns out, this second sinister gift is supposed to unleash a long chain of bloodcurdling events that will run all through to the last volume.

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