Down & Out Books Newsletter for November 2016

Our Featured 99¢ Crime Novels for November

We're featuring two ebooks this month for 99¢ …

Beachhead by Jeffery HessFrom November 1st through November 15th, Jeffery Hess's debut crime novel BEACHHEAD be purchased for just 99¢ on Kindle, Nook, iTunes and Kobo. Also available from the Down & Out Bookstore in both .mobi and .epub formats.

It’s 1980 on Florida’s Gulf coast. Sun, drugs, gambling debts, and dirty deals push Navy-prison parolee, Scotland Ross, deeper into the life of crime he never wanted.

His sister’s life, a potential newfound love, and his own freedom are all on the line as he tangles with a redneck gangster intent on becoming the state’s next governor.

Will Scotland make the right choice or the one that keeps him alive?

Crosswise by S.W. LaudenAnd from November 16th through November 30th, CROSSWISE, a crime novella by S.W. Lauden will be available for 99¢ on Kindle, Nook, iTunes and Kobo. Also available from the Down & Out Bookstore in both .mobi and .epub formats.

Tommy Ruzzo is a disgraced NYPD cop who follows his coke fiend girlfriend back to her hometown in Florida. She leaves Ruzzo high and dry just before he’s named Head of Security at Precious Acres, a beachfront retirement community populated by wisecracking New Yorkers. Ruzzo is stranded among the local losers until the day he discovers a murdered senior citizen on the Precious Acres bocce ball court.

The bodies pile up as Ruzzo uncovers a dangerous trail of clues that brings everybody in his new world under suspicion.

New in the Down & Out Bookstore This Month

Devil on the Hole by Charles SalzbergDEVIL IN THE HOLE by Charles Salzberg.

In the ballroom of a sparsely furnished Connecticut mansion, police find a shocking sight: four bodies lined up next to each other, three teenagers and a middle-aged woman, each lying on a blanket, each shot once in the head. In an upstairs bedroom: an elderly woman and the family dog, both of them shot as well. The only person missing is the husband, father, son, and prime suspect, John Hartman, who's got a three-week jump on the police.

Zoe by George WilliamsZOË by George Williams.

At turns absurd, poignant, and comic, Zoë is a quicksilver phantasmagoria and enchanted road trip unlike any other, where travel is spectral and the traveling companions, if not real, are temporary visitors from imaginary worlds sent to show a girl lost in the moronic inferno of 21st century America the best way to her brightest possible future

And Coming in December …

No Happy Endings by Angel Luis ColónNO HAPPY ENDINGS by Angel Luis Colón.

Fantine Park is not the woman her mother was — she's certainly not the safecracker her mother was either. Hell, she's not much of anything useful these days. Fresh off parole after a stint in the joint for a poorly thought out casino robbery, Fantine finds herself confronted by an old partner of her mother's and right back in the thick of it.
Unfortunately, the man dragging her back to the life she left behind, one Aleksei Uryvich, is a complete bully and an idiot — content to believe he can get anything he wants with his brutish nature and the threat of a bullet for Fan's elderly father, Jae.
The score: semen. Yes, semen. Gallons of it. Particularly, the genetic man-batter from supposed Ivy Leaguers and other elite. The material nets top dollar from Asia and Aleksei is foaming at the mouth at the profit potential.
The plan: there is no real plan. Fantine has to get it out of Evensight Storage; a sperm bank situated right by the Battery Park Tunnel in Manhattan. A place barely anyone but a sad sack with an empty sack sees the inside of on a day to day basis.
There's no guarantee anyone involved in this mess is getting out alive, especially when Fantine finds herself face to face with the psychopath known as O Leiteiro — The Milkman.

Swann's Last Song by Charles SalzbergSWANN'S LAST SONG, a Henry Swann Mystery by Charles Salzberg. 1st in series.

Skip tracer Henry Swann cares little about anything but money, so when a beautiful Upper East Side woman shows up in his office and hires him to find her missing husband, he smiles and takes the cash. But when this seemingly simple missing-person case turns into homicide, Swann finds himself trapped in a complex web of connections and multiple identities that takes him out of New York City and across two continents.

Our Featured Author: Frank De Blase Taking a Look at Jive, Jargon, and Sematics

In a continuing series of features from our authors, Frank De Blase — who recently was voted Best Local Author by readers of Rochester City Newspaper … for the fourth year in a row! — takes an interesting and most entertaining look at Jive, Jargon, and Sematics.

Frank De Blase

Just ask anybody; I’m voraciously loquacious, on par with the parlance and voluminously versed in the vernacular. I dig jive, jargon and semantics, I sling the slang. Words are my monkey bars and I talk a lot. Ya dig?

The Oxford English Dictionary lists just over 250,000 distinct words in the English language that when mixed with slang, regional dialects, words assimilated from other languages and words that have dual meanings, tops out around 1,025,109.8. There is a new English word created every 98 minutes. You can thank teenagers and pharmaceutical companies for this.

But there is a stigma attached to some words, a shift in definition, if you will; words I want to re-work into my vocabulary, words that have been co-opted and modified to mean something entirely different. Among those are two that affect me directly. I’m talking about “gay” and “hipster”.

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Down & Out Authors on the Net

Frank De Blase

Congratulations to Frank de Blase for winning his fourth consecutive Best of Rochester Best Local Author Award!

Jack Getze

The author of the popular Austin Carr mysteries was interviewed by Book Lover's Life.

Grant Jerkins

The author of ABNORMAL MAN was interviewed by none other than Grant Jerkins on Shotgun Honey.

Gary Phillips

The hardest working man in crime fiction author was interviewed by Anthony Campbell for Crimespree Magazine.

Kate Pilarcik

The debut crime novelist was a guest of Pam Stack on Authors on the Air discussing her new series noirvella THE DAMP FEDORA.

Charles Salzberg

The author of the Henry Swann mysteries answered ten questions from Bookish Devices.

Scott Loring Sanders

The author's short story "Frank's Beach" was published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. It will also be included in his upcoming short story collection SHOOTING CREEK AND OTHER STORIES.

One of his stories was selected as Second Honorable Mention for The Ghost Story Supernatural Fiction Award (Fall 2016) sponsored by The Ghost Story. Congratulations Scott!

Down & Out Books is Now on NetGalley!

NetGalleyDown & Out Books is now offering a selection of books to reviewers available to download from NetGalley. Well … to be fair, our selection consists of only one book at this time — Lawrence Kelter and Frank Zafiro's upcoming crime novel THE LAST COLLAR — but we will be adding more soon.

If you are interested in obtaining an eARC of our titles for review, visit the Down & Out Books page on NetGalley and submit your request.

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