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Travel back in time to Colonial Boston with THIEFTAKER and THIEVES' QUARRY, D.B. Jackson's critically acclaimed historical urban fantasies!

THIEVES' QUARRY, by D.B. Jackson (Jacket art by Chris McGrath)A PLUNDER OF SOULS, book III of the Thieftaker Chronicles, by D.B. Jackson (Jacket art by Chris McGrath)Thieves' Quarry, book II of D.B. Jackson's Thieftaker Chronicles (Tor Books), is out, and garnering terrific reviews, including this one from Booklist:

"At once a gripping historical mystery and an inventive urban-style fantasy, the book should appeal to a wide spectrum of readers. Jackson, who has a Ph.D in American history, does an excellent job of making us feel like we’re in Boston not long before the War of Independence. More Ethan Kaille adventures would be most welcome."

Thieves' Quarry has also been named one of 2013's best fantasy/science fiction books by SciFi and Fantastical Imaginations.

A Plunder of Souls, the third volume in the Thieftaker Chronicles, is in "The Price of Doing Business," by D.B. Jackson (Art by Chris McGrath)production and on schedule for its July 8, 2014 release. Like the first two books, A Plunder of Souls sports wonderful art work from Chris McGrath -- you can see the image in larger format here. And, for those of you who just can't wait that long for the novel, a new Thieftaker short story, "The Price of Doing Business," will be published at in February 2014.

THIEFTAKER, by D.B. Jackson (Jacket art by Chris McGrath)Thieftaker, book I of the Thieftaker Chronicles, the novel that started it all, is available in hardcover, mass market paperback, e-format, and audio format. In addition to many fine reviews, Thieftaker was named "Best First Book in a Series" for 2012 (one of two books so honored) by The Word Nerds, and was listed as one of the best SF/Fantasy books of the year by and by Fantastical Imaginations! So, if you haven't read it yet, there are no more excuses!


D.B. Jackson, the pen name of an established, award-winning author, brings a fresh voice to genre fiction. Specializing in historical fantasy, D.B. is the author of the Thieftaker Chronicles, published by Tor Books. The first book in this new series, Thieftaker, was released earlier this year. It was well received critically, went into a second printing in about six weeks, and has been made into an audio book by It is an urban fantasy set in pre-Revolutionary Boston. Volume two in the series, Thieves' Quarry, will be published in July 2013. And two more Thieftaker books are now in the works. A Plunder of Souls (new and improved title!!) will be released in 2014 and Dead Man's Reach should come out the following year.

AFTER HOURS:  TALES FROM THE UR-BAR, edited by Joshua Palmatier and Patricia BrayD.B. is also the author of "The Tavern Fire," a short story that appears in After Hours: Tales from the Ur-Bar, edited by Joshua Palmatier and Patricia Bray. After Hours is published by DAW and includes fifteen tales of fantasy, history, and intrigue. And now you can read "The Tavern Fire" here, on this site! While you're at it, you can also read a new Thieftaker short story, "The Witch of Dedham," which is only available on this site, or you can listen to a reading of the story by D.B.

"A Memory of Freedom," by D.B. Jackson (art by Wayne Miller)"A Spell of Vengeance" by D.B. Jackson, illustration by Chris McGrathD.B. has written two other Thieftaker stories, as well. "A Spell of Vengeance" was the feature story for the week of June 13, 2012 on, and "A Memory of Freedom" was the feature story in the March 2012 issue of Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show.

In the months to come, this web page will be updated regularly, not only with blog entries and information about Thieftaker and its sequels, but also with sample chapters from upcoming books in the series, and original short fiction that will only be available here. So please explore the site, check back often, and, of course, enjoy your visit.

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D.B. Jackson
D.B. JacksonD.B. Jackson has been writing fantasy and science fiction under a different name for over 15 years, and has published novels, short stories, and media tie-ins in more than a dozen languages. He also has a Ph.D. in U.S. History. Now, as D.B. Jackson, he is working on something new, combining his love of fantasy with his fascination with American history. Read more about him here.