Down & Out Books Newsletter for May 2016
Down & Out Books Newsletter

Our Featured 99¢ Crime Novels for May

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

The Innocents by Richard BarreFrom May 1st through May 15th, THE INNOCENTS, a Wil Hardesty mystery by Richard Barre — and the winner of the 1996 Shamus Award for Best First Novel — can be purchased for just 99¢ on KindleNook, and Kobo.

There are seven of them. Children — innocents — whose long-buried remains are uncovered by a flash-flood. No one knows who could have committed such a crime. Clues are scarce, and with the media turning the story into a law enforcement nightmare, time is short. Only Wil Hardesty, a private eye who has more in common with the case than anyone knows, is willing to push hard enough — and dig deep enough — to find the cruelest of killers. The killer of the innocents …

And from May 16th through May 31st, the crime novel THE GENUINE, IMITATION, PLASTIC KIDNAPPING by Les Edgerton will be available for 99¢ on KindleNook, and Kobo.

The Genuine, Imitation, Plastic Kidnapping by Les EdgertonPete Halliday is busted out of baseball for gambling and travels to New Orleans to make his fortune hustling. Five years later, he's deep in debt to bookie and in cahoots with Tommy LeClerc, a Cajun with a tiny bit of Indian blood who considers himself a red man.

Tommy inveigles a reluctant Pete into one scheme after another, the latest a kidnapping scheme where they'll snatch the Cajun Mafia King and hold his amputated hand for some serious jack.
Along the way, Pete is double-crossed by Tommy and falls in love with part-time hooker and full-time waitress Cat Duplaisir. With both the Italian and Cajun mobs after them, a chase through Jazz Fest, a Tourette's outbreak in a black bar and other zany adventures, all seems lost.

New of the Down & Out Bookshelf

Two new crime novels and a collection of stories …

Hard Bite by Anonymous-9HARD BITE, a Crime Novel by Anonymous-9

"… outlandish in every way — a crazed noir excursion into an unprecedented heart of darkness. Violent and sometimes funny, always entertaining." — T. Jefferson Parker, three-time Edgar Award-winning author


Hustle by Tom Pitts

HUSTLE, a Crime Novel by Tom Pitts

“Tom Pitts is part of a rare and dying breed, a self-taught, instinctual writer whose tight, pitch-perfect prose was honed the old-fashioned way by reading and walking the seedy alleys of life." — Ro Cuzon, author of Under the Dixie Moon



"These are the stories that will shape not only character but life path. Few writers capture the meaning of what it means to be imprisoned better than Jen Conley.” — Joe Clifford, author of Lamentation and December Boys


Dying for a Bet, an Original Short Story by G. J. Brown

In a continuing series of features from our authors, Down & Out Books is thrilled to present an original short story by G. J. Brown, “Dying for a Bet”.

G. J. BrownCARRIE OPENS THE DOOR ON HER ageing car that has threatened, on more than one occasion, to lie down and die. She leaves the engine running. It’s less than fifty/fifty that it will start up again. The cold of the late night sucks what heat there is from the car’s dilapidated interior. The headlights flicker. The electrics are on life support.
  Carrie knew that committing murder required better planning than this. As a minimum a reliable getaway vehicle was a necessity, but she was going to do it anyway.
  The lack of a weapon was also a bit of a miss. True, she could, and would improvise. After all, with a bit of imagination, you could turn most things into a killing aid — mainly because she was going to do it anyway.
  High heels, coupled with a short party frock were not ideal for killing in the countryside. The rain of the last four days would demand a pair of wellingtons, if not waders, to cross the field. But she had to kill. That was the one immutable truth about tonight.
  The rain falls. God is emptying the bath.
  Her perm, a seventy quid indulgence that she could ill afford, collapses under the weight of water, seconds after she exits the car. She has no coat. It will make little odds. A Sou’wester is the only reasonable protection on a night like this.
  The waterproof makeup is a lie. A blast of wind borne water sluices a swathe of foundation, another ill-considered indulgence, across her face.
  Two steps from the car, the heel of her right shoe snaps as her foot plunges into a mud filled pot hole. She reaches down, pulling the shoe off. She throws it into the night, followed, a few seconds later, by the other. Barefooted her tights soak up the water. She’ll soon be dragging two clown’s feet of sodden nylon behind her.
  It all makes no difference. She has to do this. No she will do this. The bastard deserves it. In every way possible the bastard deserves what’s coming down the road. And it’s coming with the certainty of a runaway steam train.

Continue reading …

Down & Out Authors on the Net

J.L. Abramo and S.W. Lauden

An ITW Roundtable discussion: "Do you need music or absolute silence when writing?"


• Dana King interviews the author on One Bite at a Time.

Eric Beetner

• On the origins of UNLOADED, for An Inside Look at Crime Fiction.

G. J. Brown

• A conversation with Omnimystery News.

Les Edgerton

• Fantastic felonies and major misdemeanors on Skid Row Chatter with host Tom Pitts.

Richard Godwin

• The Bad Guy in Crime Fiction, an article for the Wild Blue Press.

• An interview with Pulp Metal Magazine.

Jeffery Hess

• An interview with Renee James for The Big Thrill.

An ITW Roundtable discussion: "How do you create fresh and unique action scenes?"

Gary Phillips

• Black Crime Fiction, the Roaring ’20s to the 1930s, an article for the LA Review of Books.

Tom Pitts

• A blog post on his website regarding his contribution to UNLOADED.

Richard Godwin Signs Four-Book Publishing Deal with Down & Out Books

Richard GodwinDown & Out Books announces that UK crime novelist Richard Godwin has signed a deal to release his next four books with the Florida-based publisher.
"I've been a fan of Richard's work for a long time," said Eric Campbell, publisher of Down & Out Books. "His crime noir is hardcore and distinctive and deftly insightful. It's always a pleasure to read one of his books."
"I really enjoyed working with Eric and his team on WRONG CROWD," Godwin said, referring to his 2015 crime novel, which was published by Down & Out Books. "He was my first choice when selecting a publisher for my next four books."
Godwin's next crime novel, BUFFALO AND SOUR MASH, will be released in trade paperback and ebook formats later this year.
About the author: Richard Godwin is the critically acclaimed author of Apostle Rising, Mr. Glamour, One Lost Summer, Noir City, Meaningful Conversations, Confessions of a Hit Man, Paranoia and the Destiny Programme, Wrong Crowd, Savage Highway, Ersatz World, The Pure and the Hated, Disembodied, Buffalo and Sour Mash and Locked In Cages. His stories have been published in numerous magazines and over thirty-four anthologies, among them an anthology of his stories, Piquant: Tales of the Mustard Man, and The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime and The Mammoth Book of Best British Mystery, alongside Lee Child. He was born in London and obtained a BA and MA in English and American Literature from King's College London. For more information, visit his website at

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