Peter Rabe was born in Germany as Peter Rabinowitsch in 1921, immigrating to the U.S. with his brother in 1938 to escape the Nazis. He enrolled at Ohio State University and received his Ph.D. in psychology from Western Reserve in Cleveland. Married, he began his writing career by turning in a humorous story about the birth of his first son. Soon after, he began submitting hardboiled stories to Gold Medal where he found an enthusiastic editor and a ready market.
After three divorces, health problems and the death of the paperback original, Rabe eventually quit writing and took up teaching psychology at California Polytechnic State University in the late 60’s. He died in 1990 at his home in Atascadero, California.

  • Girl in a Big Brass Bed / The Spy Who Was 3 Feet Tall / Code Name Gadget
  • 978-1-944520-30-4
  • Three novels featuring 1960s agent extraordinaire, Manny DeWitt. "Realistic psychology, sharp turns of phrase, and delightfully deadpan humor that make them cry out for rediscovery."—Keir Graff, Booklist. New introduction by Rick Ollerman. September 2017.
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  • Daniel Port Omnibus 2: Cut of the Whip / Bring Me Another Corpse / Time Enough to Die
  • 978-1-933586-66-3
  • The final three novels in the Dan Port series, Rabe's fictional study of the use and abuse of power. Port used to be second-in-command to an East Coast gangster — now he's a free agent, alone and available to the highest bidder. Rick Ollerman provides a new introduction.
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  • Daniel Port Omnibus 1: Dig My Grave Deep / The Out is Death / It's My Funeral
  • 978-1-933586-65-6
  • Peter Rabe created the archetypical gangster in Daniel Port and wrote about him in six different thrillers. These first three books introduce us to Port and his criminal world. Here is Port the mastermind, trying to get out of the racket he helped create, and Port the savior, defending an old criminal against a younger, meaner hood. Rick Ollerman provides another one of his exceptional introductions.
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  • Kill the Boss Good-By / Mission of Vengeance
  • 978-1-933586-42-7
  • Two thrillers from the late 1950s. Kill the Boss is the story of a manic-depressive mob boss, and Mission is a frightening story of a psychopath's twisted path of revenge. Masterpieces of understatement, they both demonstrate Rabe's deft characterization and dramatic intensity. New introduction by Rick Ollerman.

  • The Silent Wall / The Return of Marvin Palaver
  • 1-933586-32-x
  • Two previously unpublished novels by one of the top noir authors of the 1950's and 60's-- a tense drama of Mafia revenge, and a crazy con from beyond the grave. "With Rabe, you never know how the plot is going to unfold." Michael Scott Cain, Rambles

  • Anatomy of a Killer / A Shroud for Jesso
  • 1-933586-22-2
  • Two gangster noirs from one of the most important writers of the paperback original era. Donald Westlake described Anatomy of a Killer "as cold and clean as a knife...a terrific book."

  • My Lovely Executioner / Agreement to Kill
  • 1-933586-11-7
  • Two more excellent novels. Bill Pronzini has this to say about Rabe: "He had few peers among noir writers of the 50's and 60's; he has few peers today."

  • Blood on the Desert / A House in Naples
  • 1-933586-00-1
  • Espionage in North Africa and a poignant thriller about two smugglers and the woman who comes between them. “Crime fiction just didn’t get any better.”Ed Gorman

  • Murder Me for Nickels / Benny Muscles In
  • 0-9749438-4-3
  • “Noir addicts looking for a fix of the good stuff will find it here.”Keir Graff, Booklist

  • The Box / Journey Into Terror
  • 0-9667848-8-x
  • Two hardboiled thrillers from the late 50’s and early 60’s--includes a biography by George Tuttle and an afterward by Donald E. Westlake.