22 October 2015 by Published in: Uncategorized 25 comments

After over a year of waiting, at long last, the fifth in the BLACK series makes its way into bookstores. Or at least Amazon, for now.

In this latest opus, we find our hero broke, beat, and with Xmas only days away, scrambling for some holiday cheer. When he gets a call to investigate a grisly murder at a big box store in suburban hell, it sounds like easy money and the solution to his short term problems.

As with all BLACK novels, nothing’s ever that easy.

This installment differs from earlier efforts in that it’s more of a locked room mystery, where Black must unmask a vicious killer in a compressed time frame with little cooperation and even fewer clues. Add a portly feline gone missing and an ever-truculent Roxie, and you have the worst 12 hours in our hero’s life.

For a live audio interview with yours truly about BLACK In The Box, try this brand new one from Stephen Campbell!

Here’s the cover. At the giveaway price of only $4.99, makes the perfect holiday gift. Including Halloween, Thanksgiving, Xmas, or Hanukkah. Hint, hint.




  1. Thu 22nd Oct 2015 at 4:03 pm

    Hey Russell, Congrats on your new book!

    I want to make a formal invitation for you to come and join me and other indie authors at http://indiepubclub.com

    It’s a message board where I hope people like you and Joe K and Data Guy and Joe Nobody–the really smart, successful authors, can come and talk again.

    Please have a look around, and stop in and share some more of that tough love you’re famous for! It will be most welcomed there, I promise.

    Again, congrats on the new book!

  2. Thu 22nd Oct 2015 at 5:10 pm

    Hi, I love this series and am so glad to see another instalment. Just wondering if there are plans for RC Bray to narrate again?
    Thanks for any info

  3. Sam
    Fri 23rd Oct 2015 at 3:10 pm

    Be safe, Russel.

    This hurricane looks vicious.

    • Russell Blake  –  Fri 23rd Oct 2015 at 11:18 pm

      Missing me by 400 miles!

  4. Sue
    Fri 06th Nov 2015 at 5:00 pm

    Will this be available in audible

    • Russell Blake  –  Sat 07th Nov 2015 at 6:20 pm


      • Jody  –  Fri 15th Jul 2016 at 3:03 pm

        Any update on an audiobook version?

        • Russell Blake  –  Fri 15th Jul 2016 at 5:24 pm

          Nothing yet. Sorry.

          • Shawn  –  Tue 01st Jun 2021 at 1:29 pm

            Any update on an Audible version of this book?

          • Russell Blake  –  Sat 05th Jun 2021 at 4:12 pm

            Alas, the royalty scheme was changed so it’s no longer financially viable to produce these.

  5. Annette Famulari
    Wed 22nd Mar 2017 at 8:23 pm

    I must hear this book narrated by R.C. Bray!!! He IS Black. Why the hold up?

  6. Terrence
    Mon 10th Apr 2017 at 9:48 am

    Any chance it’ll come to the iBooks store? I already have the 4 books on the Black series.

    • Russell Blake  –  Mon 10th Apr 2017 at 11:22 am

      It was in the ibooks store for a year. I made it exclusive to Amazon for 90 days.

  7. Jeff Davey
    Sun 07th Jan 2018 at 4:45 pm

    Any news on the audiobook version?

    • Russell Blake  –  Sun 14th Jan 2018 at 8:53 pm

      Alas, I won’t be doing any more audiobooks due to Amazon’s revised royalty scheme, which makes it no longer financially attractive. Too bad, as I love the narrator. A class act who nailed the characters.

      • Michael  –  Thu 26th Mar 2020 at 9:21 am

        Well that really stinks. I just finished the 4-pack as read by R. C. Bray and would love to hear more. Hopefully things change in the future to make it worth your while.

        • Russell Blake  –  Sun 12th Apr 2020 at 4:12 pm

          Me too!

  8. David Elder
    Sun 26th Aug 2018 at 11:52 pm

    Really really really hoping this series continues. Love this character, cant wait to see what he’s been up to the last 3 long years.

  9. Mark
    Mon 01st Oct 2018 at 12:38 am

    Another reader despaerate for another Black update. Any news??? Pleeeaaaassseee????

    • Russell Blake  –  Wed 03rd Oct 2018 at 11:17 pm

      Perhaps next year.

  10. LeaJean
    Thu 30th Jun 2022 at 3:59 pm

    I love this series and finished the audiobooks with in a week I would bet. Do you have any idea when this book or IF this book will also be available on audiobook?

    • Russell Blake  –  Thu 28th Jul 2022 at 10:44 am

      No plans at this time to do an audiobook due to royalty schemes making it financially untenable. Sorry.

  11. Gary Ling
    Fri 13th Jan 2023 at 3:30 pm

    Where’s the Audible version for Black in the Box?

  12. Jay Jarrett
    Thu 19th Oct 2023 at 3:48 pm

    Just made it to black in the box… sad there is no audiobook, hate its no longer an option due to royalty challenges. I will read it, and I’m sure I’ll love it… but I won’t like it.

    • Russell Blake  –  Tue 19th Dec 2023 at 4:51 pm

      You and me both.


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