Reviews of Black Maps

Black Maps, a novel by Peter Spiegelman

Shamus Award Winner

“Peter Spiegelman knows where the bodies are buried and he knows how to write. Black Maps is an artful blend of the classic private eye novel and the financial thriller. An impressive debut.”

Jonathan Kellerman

“From the first growls of its take-no-prisoners narrator, all the way to the vivid financial details that only an insider can deliver, Black Maps takes readers on an engrossing underground tour through the world of high finance.”

Brad Meltzer

“Nothing about this stylish, literate mystery reads like a debut, as Spiegelman handles the complex plot with verve…John March is one of the most intriguing new PIs to come along in quite some time.”

Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

“…precise and suspenseful…March is a strong and fatalistic character with a flawless nose for bull. A provocative debut…”

Kirkus Reviews

“Spiegelman knows how to let March tell the story, how to keep our interest while imparting some financial tidbits, and especially how to keep us turning the pages. Recommended for all mystery and suspense collections.”

Library Journal

“…[an] accomplished financial mystery.”

The New York Times

Black Maps is a stunner… [It] keeps readers in the dark until the very last page. Suspenseful narrative, superb characters, and a prevailing atmosphere of Chandler-esque melancholy-to ask for more in a mystery would be criminal.”


“Spiegelman keeps the motor racing in this superior first novel.”

The Houston Chronicle

“There are plenty of things to admire in Peter Spiegelman’s debut thriller…an important and fascinating book.”

The Chicago Tribune

“Does the phrase “financial thriller” sound like an oxymoron? Take a look at Black Maps and change your mind…this is a most promising debut and at least one reader is eager to see March again.”

The Washington Times

“Spiegelman has great timing. Set in the high-stakes world of corporate gluttony and hubris that ended the last decade, as well as where chickens have come home to roost, Black Maps is a first-rate thriller from a first time novelist.”

The Rocky Mountain News

“An original and exciting debut, Spiegelman has wrought a story that should delight and thrill even the most cynical mystery lover.”

“I can’t remember reading a better book based on corporate crime.”

“What sets Spiegelman apart from most first time writers is not only his ability to clearly describe the characters and surroundings, and create smooth transitions, but most of all his creative and sophisticated style…”