K.C. Constantine is an American author best known for writing the Mario Balzic Detective Mystery series. K.C. Constantine is actually a pen name and the author’s real name is Carl Constantine Kosak. Not much is known about Kosak as he prefers his anonymity.

Constantine was born in 1934 and later went on to serve in the Marines in the 1950s. He now makes his home in Pennsylvania where he lives with his wife. Constantine debuted in 1972 with the first book in the series, The Rocksburg Railroad Murders.

Publication Order of Rocksburg Books

The Rocksburg Railroad Murders (1972)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Rocksburg Railroad Murders (1972)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Man Who Liked To Look At Himself (1973)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Blank Page (1974)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Fix Like This (1975)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Man Who Liked Slow Tomatoes (1982)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Always a Body to Trade (1983)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Upon Some Midnights Clear (1985)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Joey's Case (1988)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Sunshine Enemies (1990)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bottom Liner Blues (1993)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cranks and Shadows (1995)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Good Sons (1996)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Family Values (1997)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Brush Back (1998)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Blood Mud (1999)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Grievance (2000)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Saving Room for Dessert (2002)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

If You Like K.C. Constantine Books, You’ll Love…

The first book in the Mario Balzic series is The Rocksburg Railroad Murders. The first book in the series introduces us to Balzic who is an atypical detective. He is a middle-aged Serbo-Italian American cop and he’s not filled with dread like so many other detectives. Instead, Mario is a family man who is unpretentious and uses more sense than force in his investigations. This book tells the story of a man that Mario knows being beaten to death with a Coke bottle. The body is found in the platform of the Rocksburg railroad station. Mario’s investigation sees him becoming convinced that the man’s stepson is the culprit, but proving that will be easier said than done.

Another popular book in the series is called Blood Mud. This is a later book in the series when Mario has retired from the police force and taken a job as a private cop. His job is to track down stolen guns for an insurance company and the investigation leads him into much bigger trouble. Things get even more complicated when a murder puts a twist into his search and his own heart issues nearly end his investigation before it starts. Mario’s mission goes beyond trying to find some stolen guns, now he’s just trying to stay alive.

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