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Down & Out Books Newsletter for September 2016

A Toast to 5 Years of Criminally Good Books!

Down & Out Books turns 5 this year, and we're celebrating by hosting an event during Bouchercon on Thursday, September 15th from 7 PM to 9 PM at Cosimo's Bar in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Fourteen of our authors will be reading from their books. Learn more and express an interest in attending by visiting our Facebook Event page.

A Toast to 5 Years of Criminally Good Books

Our Featured 99¢ Crime Novels for September

We're featuring two of our ebook crime novels this month for 99¢ …

Viper's Tail by Tom CrowleyFrom September 1st through September 15th, Tom Crowley's first Matt Chance thriller, VIPER'S TAIL, can be purchased for just 99¢ on Kindle, Nook, iTunes and Kobo. Also available from the Down & Out Bookstore in both .mobi and .epub formats.

Matt Chance, an ex-US Army Ranger living in Bangkok, finds himself drafted into the middle of a deadly plot involving right wing Japanese fanatics intent on punishing China for grievances going back to the end of WW II and the loss of Japan’s preeminent position of global power. What he unravels is not only a threat to China but to the world. 


Stinking Rich by Rob BrunetAnd from September 16th through September 30th, STINKING RICH, a crime caper by Rob Brunet, will be available for 99¢ on Kindle, Nook, iTunes and Kobo. Also available from the Down & Out Bookstore in both .mobi and .epub formats.

What could possibly go wrong when the backwoods Libidos Motorcycle Club hires a high school dropout to tend a barn full of high-grade marijuana? Plenty, it turns out. In a world where indoor plumbing’s optional and each local wacko is more twisted than the last, drug money draws reprobates like moths to a lantern. From loveable losers to gnarly thugs and law-and-order wannabes, every last one of them has an angle—their best shot at being stinking rich. And with their own warped ideas about right, wrong, and retribution, the Libidos aren’t far behind. 

New in the Down & Out Bookstore This Month

BLOOD ON THE BAYOU: Bouchercon Anthology 2016 edited by Greg Herren.

Blood on the Bayou, edited by Greg HerrenPublished in conjunction with Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention, which is being held in New Orleans in 2016, this anthology spreads a broad canopy across a wide variety of crime writers from across the country and around the world — including both veteran writers and the brightest up-and-coming talents in the field. These stories range from the light-hearted and fun to the darker side of crime, just as New Orleans and the bayou country can show both to the unsuspecting.

All participants contributed their efforts to support our charity — the New Orleans Public Libraries — and by extension readers and writers everywhere. ALL PROFITS GO TO THE LIBRARY.


THE DAMP FEDORA by Kate Pilarcik.

The Damp Fedora by Kate Pilarcik1940’s detective Nelle Callahan, gal gumshoe with gumption, is introduced with a case that struts its stuff like the breeze off a good Narragansett sail. Brisk. Brash. Knowing where the wind’s coming from, and yet … wondering. Nelle’s job? Cut through some slick con’s shadow, lift a corner of chintz off the mist, let some truth shine in for the chippies and the chopper squad — you know — menfolk who measure themselves by how big their tommy guns really are. 

In this outing, Nelle finds herself helping a damp fedora wearing Harry — who’s not a Harry —  Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Eddie Waitkus, MLB pitcher Paul Katcher and her OSS handler-agent, none other than former White Sox catcher Moe Berg.

And Coming in October …

Buffalo and Sour Mash by Richard GodwinBUFFALO AND SOUR MASH by Richard Godwin.

A crime novel about distorted love. A Western. A lyrical slice of the prairie, a frontier narrative. A noir novel about obsession and revenge, desire and predation. A look at one man’s grip on inanity and a story about female beauty and showmanship.

Our Featured Author: Ryan Sayles with the Backstory to His Story in UNLOADED: Crime Writers Writing Without Guns

In a continuing series of features from our authors, Ryan Sayles tells the story behind his story in UNLOADED: Crime Writers Writing Without Guns.

Ryan SaylesEverybody wants to stand out. That’s why we have Mohawk haircuts, tattoos, people trying to marry their German shepherds and torture porn movies. So when Eric Beetner invited me into the UNLOADED anthology Down & Out Books recently published, I wanted to stand out. After the list of contributors he put together, it was clear I was going to have to do something to be noticed because my “talents” weren’t going to cut it against them. Except Joe Clifford. I mop the floor with that guy.

So I figured, why not write something that takes a sharp left turn from where everybody else was going to go? Beetner wanted crime, just without guns. I could do that. We all could do that. Right? So I set my brain upon the task, letting the crime without guns idea sink in.

And then it hit me: two bumbling stoners seeking revenge for a wrong they suffered, and their weapon? A dildo. And not just any dildo, but a dildo that could spit fire. It’d be hilarious. It’d be crime-y, but most importantly it’d be not-gun-y. (Now that I look back on it, there was an old lady with a shotgun standing on her porch. Oops.) Hijinks ensue, and then in typical Sayles fashion, everyone dies in the end. No one else was going to touch that. No one. (Now that I look back on it more, it might as well have been a retelling of just about any average Saturday night for me.)

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Down & Out Authors on the Net

Gordon Brown

• Was as a guest on Femmes Fatales, where he gives us the backstory to his crime novel FALLING.

Jen Conley

• Her short story collection, CANNIBALS, was chosen as one of Otto Penzler's 5 Crime and Mystery Picks for the Dog Days of Summer.

Jack Getze

• Congratulations for taking home the David Award for Best Crime Novel of 2015 from Deadly Ink!

Matt Hilton

• Visited with Catriona McPherson to talk about his crime novels.

Ross Klavan, Tim O'Mara, and Charles Salzberg

• Dab of Darkness conducted creative and entertaining interviews with the three authors — Klavan, O'Mara, and Salzberg — of TRIPLE SHOT: Three Crime Novellas.

Charles Salzberg

• Was a guest on Columbia University's Studio A with Danielle Nicole Smith.

• Was a guest on the Keystroke Blog, where he writes about how he came to write a novella for TRIPLE SHOT

Linda Sands

• Congratulations for winning two awards at the annual Killer Nashville 2016 conference for her crime novel 3 WOMEN WALK INTO A BAR. She was awarded the Silver Falchion Judges' Choice Award for Neo-Noir and the Silver Falchion Judges' Choice Award for Best P.I. Novel.  

John Shepphird

• Talks about his new book, BEWARE THE SHILL, the third and final entry in The Shill Trilogy, on Tony Black's Pulp Pusher.

• Scott Adlerberg interviews the author on Do Some Damage, where he talks about the inspiration for the Shill series.

• Was a guest on Dana King's One Bite at a Time discussing the third and final entry in his crime trilogy BEWARE THE SHILL.

Ian Truman

• Was interviewed by Terri Nolan for The Big Thrill, discussing his new crime novel GRAND TRUNK AND SHEARER.

Introducing ABC Group Documentation, a New Imprint of Down & Out Books

Down & Out Books has announced that it will launch a new imprint called ABC Group Documentation under the direction of Jeremy Stabile. The imprint will focus on fiction at the edge of the mainstream.

ABC Group Documentation Logo"If I had to pick the driving force behind ABC Group Documentation, it is that the document matters," said Stabile. "This concept conveys to readers that the physical book continues to be a critical component of publishing as well as the documentation of relevant and engaging stories. Genre is not necessarily important. Good gritty writing that is more fringe literature and that executes well is what's important to me."

"When Jeremy proposed the concept of an imprint that published edgy, gritty fiction, I wanted to be a part of that effort," said Eric Campbell, publisher of Down & Out Books. "I am thrilled that he chose to work with our team to make his vision a reality."

ABC Group's first book will be ABNORMAL MAN, a novel by Grant Jerkins. Subtitled, "Crime is Nature's Experiment on Humanity," it is expected to be published later this year.


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