19 December 2013 by Published in: Black 9 comments

It’s here, just in time for the holidays! The third installment in the Black series, featuring our reluctant hero Artemus Black, PI of questionable skills and sobriety, immersed in the world of modeling, is now live. Inspired as much by Zoolander as by Vogue, BLACK Is The New Black is a fun romp that pokes fun at many of the treasured icons of the fashion world while Black stumbles through it in search of clues.

As with all the BLACK books, this one is vicious, funny, and fast-paced, with Black forced out of his comfortable routine in Los Angeles and compelled to travel to Mexico, Las Vegas, and Northern California in order to stop disaster from striking on the set of photo shoots he’s assigned with protecting.

The books are fast reads, and offer a tip of the hat and a wink at classics by authors like Dashiel Hammett and Elmore Leonard.

I’m happy with the way this one turned out, and have turned to plotting BLACK 4, which should be out in February, assuming my editors are still answering the phone after I loaded them up with BLACK 3 and JET VI, all before the holidays.

On other fronts, I’m only a week or two away from being able to break my exciting November news, which is now my exciting December news. There’s a method to my madness, which everyone will understand shortly, but in the mean time, in a day or two I’ll be running an Author Spotlight with living legend Lawrence Block, who is releasing his first self-published novel, The Burglar Who Counted The Spoons, on Christmas day. I’ve read it and it’s masterfully written, humorous, erudite, brilliantly plotted, and generally a must read for anyone who enjoys a good mystery or incredible character development. Santa could do worse than to deliver you a copy of the novel, of course, only after he’s delivered BLACK Is The New Black to your stocking, even if you haven’t been particularly good this year, which I’m not here to judge.

Here’s the cover again, for those keeping score at home.





  1. Thu 19th Dec 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Got a copy and am reading. The name of the fur store is funny as hell.

  2. Nancy Bristow
    Fri 20th Dec 2013 at 1:20 am

    Got it! More later:)

  3. Milton Webb
    Sun 22nd Dec 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Didn’t think Black could get any better or Roxie could get any more sarcastic and caustic. I was wrong on both counts. Black is the new black (Black III) is great. Now waiting for another Black and another Jet to read!

    • Russell Blake  –  Sun 22nd Dec 2013 at 6:42 pm

      Glad you liked em! I’m currently plotting BLACK 4, and will release JET VI on Dec 26th, God and editors willing!

  4. Dave
    Thu 09th Jan 2014 at 2:09 am

    Just finished the book. Theres more great one liners per square inch than anywhere.
    Great read. Surely must be a movie in this somewhere.
    God I hope the tequila doesn’t run out Russell.

    • Russell Blake  –  Thu 09th Jan 2014 at 11:18 am

      Oh, good. Kindly leave a review. I’d be in your debt. They all matter.

  5. Melissa
    Thu 10th Jul 2014 at 1:38 am

    I bought the Audible versions of the first 2 books in the series and am currently listening to the first one. I’m absolutely loving it so far. Is there an audio version of book three in the works? I’ll most likely end up reading all of the ones that don’t have an audio version, but I prefer listening when possible. Cheers!

    • Russell Blake  –  Thu 10th Jul 2014 at 11:03 am

      The whole series should be on Audible within another month or two! Glad you’re enjoying it. The narrator’s brilliant, I think. Nailed it.

      • Melissa  –  Thu 10th Jul 2014 at 1:41 pm

        That’s excellent news!! I am giddy with anticipation and look forward to listening to the entire series. Thanks! And yes I agree the narrator has done an excellent job. The story itself, however, is marvelous.


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