Professional Editing For clear and compelling storytelling in mystery, thriller, noir, hardboiled, pulp, and related genres.

“Chris has done an amazing job for Down & Out Books. His edits are on target and incredibly helpful for the author and the publisher. I highly recommend Chris Rhatigan.” Eric Campbell, publisher Down & Out Books

I’ve been involved in the crime fiction world as an editor, publisher, and writer for almost a decade. I’m co-publisher with Mike Monson of All Due Respect Books, an independent press peddling lowlife literature. I also edit manuscripts for publishers such as Down & Out Books and Fahrenheit Press, have edited several anthologies, and ran a crime fiction magazine. Most of my waking hours are spent in some way on crime fiction.

In other words, I don’t have much of a life. And this is exactly the kind of person you want editing your work. Someone whose idea of a perfect day is endless cups of coffee and reading Hard Case Crime paperbacks. Someone who will sweat out whether that technically correct comma is necessary. Someone who is so unreasonably committed to the crime fiction genre that he co-founded an independent publishing company. (Trust me, it wasn’t for the money.)

With every project I work on, my goal is to strengthen your work on your terms. You should feel confident that when your book hits the virtual or physical shelves, it’s exactly what you envisioned. Check out my freelance mystery editor services here.