Keith Gilman has been a cop in the Philadelphia area for twenty years and his writing reflects that experience. He believes cops have important stories to tell, stories that need to be told and deserve a strong voice. Readers want to know how cops think. They want to know what cops know. They want to know what makes them tick, what they dream about at night, their loves and fears, how they balance their roles as cops, fathers, friends and finders of truth. Readers want to know how they survive.
They want to see death through a cop's eyes, boiled down without the glamour and superstition. They want to hear it from someone who walks the walk and talks the talk, someone who's seen it all and done it all. Gilman's stories are not simply a mirror, reflecting the world of crime on the dark stage of humanity. His portrait of the urban landscape reveals not just the soul of a city but the soul of man.
Gilman's debut novel, FATHER'S DAY, was awarded the Best First Novel Prize by the Private Eye Writers of America. His second detective novel, MY BROTHER'S KEEPER, followed the same lead character on further adventures in the city of brotherly love. His third book, BAD HABITS, is a story collection which includes, DEVIL'S POCKET, a truly inspired work of modern noir nominated for a Macavity Award in 2011.
Gilman's fiction is consistently atmospheric. The narratives contain stark imagery, strong noir elements, psychological depth and multiple layers of meaning. These are stories steeped in Poetic Realism. They are haunting and lyrical, told from the perspective of a weary detective or a reluctant hero. But the narrator can't always be trusted and the truth is only revealed by moments of extreme violence that remind us that here lie the remains of pain and death, with little hope for redemption.