Down & Out Books Newsletter for April 2016

Our Featured 99¢ Crime Novels for April

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

The Lawless King, a Joe Hunter Thriller by Matt HiltonFrom April 1st through April 15th, THE LAWLESS KIND, a Joe Hunter thriller by Matt Hilton, can be purchased for just 99¢ on KindleNook, and Kobo.

Answering the summons of his old Black Ops mentor to assist in bringing to an end a Mexican cartel preying on the people they smuggle over the border, Joe Hunter is happy to oblige. But he should have guessed there was more to Walter Hayes Conrad's agenda than first believed. 

For decades, Walter has kept a secret, even from those closest to him: a family he has protected from his enemies through denial of their existence. But now the secret is about to explode. His great-grandson Benjamin has been abducted, snatched by Jorge Carrillo Molina, head of one of Mexico's most dangerous drug cartels, and Walter is as desperate to rescue the boy as his mother Kirstie is. There's only one man Walter trusts to bring the boy home, so how can Hunter refuse? 

There is a huge complication — Molina happens to be Benjamin's father and he won't give him up without a fight.

And froOver Their Heads by JB Kohl and Eric Beetnerm April 16th through April 30th, the crime novel OVER THEIR HEADS by JB Kohl and Eric Beetner will be available for 99¢ on KindleNook, and Kobo.

The drugs are missing and four lives are about to collide. 

Clyde just wanted to make a little extra cash on the side to raise his new baby. Now his life and the lives of his wife and newborn daughter are in jeopardy. 

Brent just wanted to do his job and be left alone. Now he’s in a race against time for his life. 

Sean just wanted to escape the crime he committed in Detroit. Now he’s stumbled into another. The money he embezzled is nothing compared the load of narcotics that fell into his lap. 

And Skeeter? Well, Skeeter wants the drugs back, and he’ll use any means necessary to get them. 

When these four are let loose on a mad scramble to locate the drugs, they cut a path of mayhem and bloodshed across Virginia. Inept would-be criminals clash with ruthless drug dealers in a violent weekend where no one is safe. 

The only certainty: Everyone is in over their heads. 

New of the Down & Out Bookshelf

two new series thrillers, an anthology, and a collection of stories …

HOLY DEATH, a Billy Lafitte Novel by Anthony Neil SmithHOLY DEATH, a Billy Lafitte novel by Anthony Neil Smith

With this fourth novel in the Billy Lafitte series, Smith raises the stakes once again for his damaged ex-cop turned stone-cold killer. You'll root for Lafitte all the way, and wish you hadn't, and hope to hell he survives so you can do it all again.



THE DEVIL'S ANVIL, a Joe Hunter Thriller by Matt HiltonTHE DEVIL'S ANVIL, a Joe Hunter Thriller by Matt Hilton

There's plenty of heart-in-the-mouth action, smart dialogue and convincing extras … give me Joe Hunter over Reacher any day." — Crime Review



UNLOADED: Crime Writers Writing Without Guns, edited by Eric BeetnerUNLOADED: Crime Writers Writing Without Guns, edited by Eric Beetner

"The 25 short stories in this thought-provoking theme anthology prove that clever crime writers can generate just as much mayhem, weirdness, and chills without the use of firearms." — Publishers Weekly



INFERNO: Stories by George WilliamsINFERNO: Stories by George Williams

"... shows a darkly comic sensibility more akin to that of the filmmaking Coen brothers (think Barton Fink) than to more obvious literary influences ... Recommended to adventurous readers, who will surely enjoy Williams's wildly irreverent inventions." — Library Journal


Coming in May

CANNIBALS: Stories from the Edge of the Pine Barrens by Jen Conley

CANNIBALS: Stories from the Edge of the Pine Barrens by Jen Conley"Jen Conley has the rare ability to imbue her stories with an emotional heft that is both subtle and powerful within the darkness. Amongst the other writers with that similar (and extremely rare) skill set, none do it as well as she does." — Todd Robinson, author of The Hard Bounce


HUSTLE, a Crime Novel by Tom PittsHUSTLE, a Crime Novel by Tom Pitts

"What makes HUSTLE such a remarkable book — and Tom Pitts such a formidable writer — is the juxtaposition of literary tradition versus street ethos. This is in-the-trenches, first-hand, in-your-face reportage, from a who knows what it takes to survive those streets. Unflinching and without apology." — Joe Clifford, author of Junkie Love and Lamentation

Down & Out Authors on the Net

Check out these recent articles by and interviews with Down & Out Authors!

J.L. Abramo
• A Q&A with Mark Stevens on Don't Need a Diagram
• A podcast on The Rocky Mountain Writer

G. J. Brown
• Twenty questions with Dana King on One Bite at a Time

Jeffery Hess
• A conversation with Omnimystery News
• How publish your first novel at fifty on Reviews and Editing by Elizabeth A. White
• An interview with Steve Weddle on Do Some Damage
• Twenty questions with Dana King on One Bite at a Time

S.W. Lauden
• How crossword puzzles save lives on Reviews and Editing by Elizabeth A. White
• A podcast discussing his work on Art's Reviews

Gary Phillips
• Discussing his crime novels on Art's Reviews (podcast)
• An interrogation by S.W. Lauden

Down & Out Books Welcomes Crime Novelist Dana King to its Roster of Authors

Dana King's next Penns River mystery, RESURRECTION MALL, will be published in 2017 in addition to reissued editions of the previous books in the series, WORST ENEMIES and GRIND JOINT by Down & Out Books.

Dana King"I have been a fan of Dana's work for a long time," said Eric Campbell, publisher of Down & Out Books. "He creates a gripping sense of time and place in his stories that I know will resonate with our readers."

"I've been impressed with Down & Out Books and their authors ever since I first became aware of them at the Albany Bouchercon," added King. "Working with Eric and his team is a best case scenario for me. They get the kind of stuff I like to do."

About the Penns River crime novels: Penns River never thrived. For years it did provide nice livings for the families of those who worked in its aluminum and steel mills and the businesses that supported them. Then the mills closed and all that's left are small establishments exchanging money to keep each other from going under. As incomes flatten or decrease and conditions erode, crime goes up and law enforcement budgets go down, leaving the local police pressed a little harder and thinner all the time. Enough of a bedroom community to Pittsburgh to cause class friction, a new casino and religious-themed mall promise better days but bring more problems than they solve. Police Chief Stush Napierkowski and his top detective Ben Dougherty find themselves constantly bailing against an ever-increasing tide.

Meet the author: Dana King's novel Grind Joint was named by the LA Review of Books as one of the fifteen best noir reads of 2013. His first PI novel, A Small Sacrifice, received a Shamus Award nomination that same year. A short story, "Green Gables," appeared in the anthology Blood, Guts, and Whiskey, edited by Todd Robinson. Other short fiction has appeared in Spinetingler, New Mystery Reader, A Twist of Noir, Mysterical-E, and Powder Burn Flash. Dana lives in Maryland with The Beloved Spouse. His blog, One Bite at a Time, resides at

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