Down & Out Books Newsletter for June 2016
Down & Out Books Newsletter

Our Featured 99¢ Crime Novels for June

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

From June 1st through June 15th, Trey R. Barker's crime novel NO HARDER PRISON can be purchased for just 99¢ on Kindle, Nook, and Kobo.

No Harder Prison by Trey R. BarkerTwo hours out of prison and already someone is shooting at Dana Oldham. 

Dana has traded the stain of "convict" for the freedom of "wrongly convicted." But before he can get home, his car is shot up and the shooters demand the return of $50,000 Dana swiped from a gun runner. To punctuate their demand, they shoot his niece. 

But Dana hasn't stolen anything, and as the amount of stolen money rises, so does the violence directed against him. 

NO HARDER PRISON is crime novelist Trey R. Barker's first stand-alone effort, a deeply ambitious book written on a canvas as large as the city in which it's set: Denver. It unfolds with the cast of characters his readers expect, but with a depth and breadth that might pleasantly surprise longtime fans of the Barefield or Jace Salome novels.

And from June 16th through June 30th, BIG SHOES, the fourth Austin Carr mystery by Jack Getze, will be available for 99¢ on Kindle, Nook, and Kobo.

Big Shoes by Jack GetzeJersey Shore broker Austin Carr wants out of the stock and bond business but un-hooking from his mobbed-up partner won't be painless. Angelina "Mama Bones" Bonacelli is best known for professional consultations that deteriorate into criminal violence, breakfast appointments raided by the FBI and one particular Power Point presentation to a Jersey state racing commission that ended in automatic weapons fire. 

Good thing she likes Austin. 

She just won't let Austin out of the business. Plus Johnny "The Turk" Korsay is on a rampage and had his crooked cops arrest Luis, the bartender Austin's best friend. Why? Because Austin saw The Turk kill Heriberto. And now he's gunning for the stock broker. 

It's another brush with violent death and a sexy redhead for Austin Carr when Mama Bones and her rival Jersey associate of a fading New York crime family battle for the future of imported sex slaves, boardwalk tourist business and surprising horse racing secrets, past and present.

Coming in July

A Cougar's Kiss by Frank De BlaseA COUGAR'S KISS by Frank De Blase

"A fifties pulp-noir that has ex-crimescene turned girlie photographer Frankie Valentine leaving Hollywood for a return to Rochester to ferret out whodunit. Mobsters, murder and plenty of femme fatales … what's not to love." — Steve Hodel, The New York Times best-selling author of Black Dahlia Avenger: A Genius for Murder

Screen Test by Jerry KennealySCREEN TEST by Jerry Kennealy

"Steve McQueen. Bullitt. Transvestites. Murder. And the City by the Bay. Who could ask for more? Gear up for a rockin' roller coaster ride up and down San Francisco's tumultuous hills in Jerry Kennealy's entertaining, triple-fast thriller Screen Test, but make sure to wear your seatbelt." — Paul D. Marks, Shamus Award-Winning author of White Heat
Grand Trunk and Shearer by Ian TrumanGRAND TRUNK AND SHEARER by Ian Truman

"D'Arcy Kennedy's search for his brother's killer is a gut-wrenching trip into a world of people left behind by gentrification, forgotten by changing politics and trying to hang onto what little family they have left. It's authentic, it's raw, and it's got heart. It's a trip worth taking." — John McFetridge, author of A Little More Free

Why I Read by S.W. Lauden

In a continuing series of features from our authors, S.W. Lauden takes an introspective look at why he reads.

S.W. LaudenLast month I traveled north from my hometown of Los Angeles, to Pegasus Books in Berkeley, California. I was there to take part in a panel discussion about the new Down & Out Books anthology, Unloaded: Crime Writers Writing Without Guns.

The anthology's editor, Eric Beetner, was moderating a group of contributors including myself, Joe Clifford, Kelli Stanley, Holly West and Tom Pitts (who recently re-released his excellent San Francisco junkie noir novel, Hustle, with Down & Out Books).

We had a lively discussion that kept me laughing and made me think. Beetner asked interesting questions that challenged the panel members — some who've owned guns, and some who haven't — to consider how, when and why we use guns in our fiction.

He also asked each of us to talk about the stories we chose to donate, which I found fascinating as a reader. I'd already devoured most of Unloaded at that point, but the responses to this question really highlighted the impressive variety of writing styles in this collection.

My own story, "Itchy Feet," is about suburban family who is having a yard sale while their lives fall apart. The father, Joe, is a successful businessman with a dark past. His wife is so cold and distant that Joe suspects she might be having an affair with one of the neighbors. Their teenaged son is openly defiant, even as he prepares to head off to college. Everything is miserable until an old friend of Joe's turns up dressed as a clown.

The inspiration for "Itchy Feet" came from hosting a yard sale of my own. Seated among piles of possessions I was trying to unload, I was struck by the probing questions some of the strangers asked me:

"Why are you selling this?"

"Where did you get it?

"How long have you lived here?"

They seemed to be looking for something else from me, a juicy backstory to go with the knick-knacks they bought for quarters. I can't say that I blame them. I've been fascinated with finding cracks in facades for most of my life.

Continue reading …

Down & Out Authors on the Net

J.L. Abramo

• A conversation with Omnimystery News about Brooklyn Justice.


• A conversation with Omnimystery News discussing her Dean Drayhart crime novels.

Eric Beetner

• An interview with J. H. Bográn for The Big Thrill.

Jen Conley

• An interview with S.W. Lauden discussing her new short story collection Cannibals.

S.W. Lauden

• Will participate in an "Indie Authors Panel" at the Altadena Library on Tuesday, June 21 at 7:00 p.m.

Gary Phillips

• A guest post on the Prose of Comics for DJ Adamson.

Tom Pitts

• An interview with Tabitha Pope and a guest post on The Librarian Talks.
• Twenty questions with Dana King on One Bite at a Time.

Linda Sands

• Congratulations on her Georgia Author of the Year Award nomination in the category of Detective/Mystery for 3 Women Walk Into a Bar

MURDER UNDER THE OAKS Nominated for an Anthony Award!

MURDER UNDER THE OAKS: Bouchercon Anthology 2015 has been named a finalist for this year's Anthony Award for Best Anthology or Collection. The Anthony Awards will be presented at this year's Bouchercon in New Orleans on Friday, September 16.

Art Taylor"I'm proud to be representing all the terrific contributors to that book with this nomination," said Art Taylor, who edited the anthology. "It was really such a joy to work with this terrific group of writers, whose stories cover such a broad range of writing styles — from cozy to noir, from historical to contemporary, and right down the line. And it was a thrill to work both with veteran authors here and with several writers making their fiction debuts in the collection — a milestone for them and for all of us!"

Contributors to the anthology include J.L. Abramo, J.D. Allen, Lori Armstrong, Rob Brunet, P.A. De Voe, Sean Doolittle, Tom Franklin, Toni Goodyear, Kristin Kisska, Robert Lopresti, Robert Mangeot, Margaret Maron, Kathleen Mix, Britni Patterson, Karen Pullen, Ron Rash, Karen E. Salyer, Sarah Shaber, Zoë Sharp, B.K. Stevens and Graham Wynd.

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