THE MYSTERIOUS PRESS is a publishing company devoted entirely to mystery, crime, and suspense fiction. It was founded in 1975 by Otto Penzler, largely with the intention of raising the stature of mystery fiction by producing well-made books with acid-free paper (uncommon thirty-five years ago), full cloth bindings (instead of the pressed cardboard commonly used for genre books), and full-color dust jackets by accomplished artists. It was the first publishing company to issue mystery fiction in limited, signed, slipcased editions. Among its first authors were Ross Macdonald, Isaac Asimov, Cornell Woolrich, and Robert Bloch. After seven years of being run solely by Penzler, an entrepreneur provided funding. Farrar, Straus and Giroux handled distribution, and the list grew quickly to include Donald E. Westlake, Patricia Highsmith, James Ellroy, Mickey Spillane, James M. Cain, and Raymond Chandler. In 1984, The Mysterious Press joined Warner Books and further expanded its publishing program to include paperbacks, quickly growing to more than one hundred books a year. Among the authors whose original books were added to the list were Ross Thomas, Eric Ambler, P. D. James, Ed McBain, Ruth Rendell, and James Crumley. Penzler sold the imprint to Warner in 1989, reacquiring it from Hachette in 2009. The new incarnation of The Mysterious Press as an imprint of Grove Atlantic has published works by such Edgar Allan Poe Award-winning authors as Thomas H. Cook, Andrew Klavan, and Thomas Perry, and two-time nominee Ken Bruen; National Book Award winner Joyce Carol Oates, Pulitzer Prize-winning Robert Olen Butler, and works by such bestselling masters as Dashiell Hammett, James Carlos Blake, John Katzenbach, and Charles McCarry.