Down & Out Books Newsletter for July 2016

Our Featured 99¢ Crime Novels for July

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

From July 1st through July 15th, Richard Godwin's highly reviewed WRONG CROWD can be purchased for just 99¢ on Kindle, Nook, and Kobo.

Wrong Crowd by Richard GodwinWhen Claude meets Maxine in the Caribbean he falls for her. He does not expect he will start an affair with her back in London, then again he does not expect to have to call on the help of his old mate Spike, nor that will they become embroiled with Russian gangsters Vladimir and Grigory. 

But then Claude will do anything to hold onto Maxine. 

Peopled with thieves, hustlers, gangsters, gun runners and pimps, Wrong Crowd is a slick and action-packed ride into London’s low-life. East End villains and the Russian Mafia collide in a fast-paced novel of deceit and criminal obsession that sparkles as it speeds towards its astonishing conclusion. 

And from July 16th through July 31st, CROSSWISE, a crime novel perfect for summer reading by S.W. Lauden, will be available for 99¢ on Kindle, Nook, and Kobo.

Crosswise by S.W. LaudenTommy 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 on the Down & Out Bookshelf This Month

A COUGAR'S KISS by Frank De Blase

A Cougar's Kiss by Frank De BlaseIt’s 1960 and Frankie Valentine is doing just fine. The transplanted New York photographer is living it up in the Hollywood sunshine surrounded by beautiful women more than willing to dispose of their clothes and pose. He has no reason to go back east. That is, until the body of a childhood friend, who had disappeared in 1950, turns up.

Valentine flies back home to lend his expertise as a crime scene photographer and help out a friend who’s in a jam. Instead he finds a compromised crime scene, a hidden stash of cash, and trouble. A Junkie stripper and her mother — a woman who ushered Valentine into manhood — a mob boss racked with jealousy and homicidal rage and assorted low-lifes all roll out the unwelcome mat. It’s all blood, money, sex and lies … sealed with a Cougar’s Kiss.

SCREEN TEST by Jerry Kennealy
In April of 1968 Steve McQueen arrives in San Francisco to film Bullitt

Screen Test by Jerry KennealyRough-and-tumble SFPD Inspector Johnny O’Rorke, aka The Fixer, is the department’s Executive Protection Officer. His job is to make sure that visiting celebrities are well taken care of. O’Rorke is instructed to take special care of McQueen; the city’s movers and shakers are hoping to develop San Francisco into Hollywood North. 

McQueen takes a liking to O’Rorke, and when Russ Cortig, a member of his film crew, is busted at a wild Haight Ashbury party, he asks O’Rorke to try to have the charge dismissed. 

Fixing Cortig’s arrest sheet is a minor problem, but it leads O’Rorke into a tangled web of intrigue and corruption that includes the murder of one of his longtime informers, a crossdresser who goes by the name of Vanessa the Undresser, tangling with a Chinatown drug lord, being shot at by a sadistic Soviet hit man, going up against a wealthy former Russian Mafia leader now living in San Francisco, dealing with a vicious local gangster, Alec Zek, aka The Swine, and a chasing after a priceless blue diamond known as the Stalin Blue. 

If that isn’t complicated enough, O’Rorke breaks into a real sweat when McQueen asks him to make a screen test for a part in Bullitt


Grand Trunk and Shearer by Ian TrumanWhen Cillian Kennedy’s body was fished out of the canal, no one believed his death was due to natural causes.

But when the police wrote it off as an accidental death, four of his friends and family roamed the city in the search of any clue that may lead to the killer.

Answers were found down dead end roads, on the edge of the industrial harbour front, in an abandoned building now a crack den, through obscure networks of anti-racist skinheads, the racist Heritage Front, former gay bashers, the flailing Irish mob and the Mohawk MMA circuit.

Featuring some of Montreal’s most notorious neighbourhoods, and told in a uniquely gritty raconteur voice, GRAND TRUNK AND SHEARER offers more than the typical run-of-the-mill mystery novel. At a crossroads between noir, private eye and literary fiction, it is a book that will please those who have come to ask more of the genre with profound characterization, down to earth style, minimalist setting, believable violence and flawless dialogue.

And Coming in August …

The Short List by Frank Zafiro and Eric BeetnerTHE SHORT LIST, a Bricks and Cam Job by Frank Zafiro and Eric Beetner (August 01, 2016)

"Bricks and Cam are two of the most resourceful and likable paid killers one is ever likely to meet. The suspense and action keep the reader transfixed to the end." — Publishers Weekly


Beware the Shill by John ShepphirdBEWARE THE SHILL, the third and final thrilling entry in this crime trilogy by John Shepphird (August 15, 2016)

"Sly, sexy and surprising, THE SHILL is a darkly comic Hollywood tale of a not-so-innocent out-of-work actress being groomed for larceny." — Wallace Stroby, author of The Devil's Share, Shoot the Woman First, and Cold Shot to the Heart 

"Hell hath no fury like an actress duped. Revenge is the motivation, deception the means to get even in this exciting crime thriller."  — Scott Adlerberg, author of Spiders and Flies and Jungle Horses, on KILL THE SHILL

Mama Tried edited by James R. TuckMAMA TRIED, an anthology of crime fiction inspired by outlaw country music, edited by James R. Tuck (August 15, 2016)

Stories by J.L. Abramo, Trey R. Barker, Eric Beetner, Levi Black, Michael Bunker, Delilah Dawson, Les Edgerton, Christa Faust, Tommy Hancock, Grant Jerkins, Ken Lizzi, Riley Miller, James A. Moore, Bobby Nash, Mel Odom, Eryk Pruitt, Jay Requard, Charles R. Rutledge and Ryan Sayles.

Triple Play, Three Novellas by Ross Klavan, Tim O'Mara, and Charles SalzbergTRIPLE SHOT — Three Crime Novellas (August 15, 2016)

Thump Gun Hitched by Ross KlavanSmoked by Tim O'Mara; and Twist of Fate by Charles Salzberg.

MURDER UNDER THE OAKS: Three Debut Authors Talk with Art Taylor

Murder Under the Oaks, edited by Art TaylorWhen MURDER UNDER THE OAKS: Bouchercon Anthology 2015 earned an Anthony Award nomination for Best Anthology or Collection, I couldn’t have been more thrilled — not just for myself but more importantly for the contributors and for the chance to turn the spotlight once more on their fine stories. The keen craftsmanship they brought to their writing made each of these authors a pleasure to work with on the editorial side, and the breadth and diversity of the stories overall — from cozy to noir, from amateur sleuth to police detective to criminal, and across an even broader range — hopefully gave readers a little something for all tastes, similar to the range of stories that fall under the larger oak canopy that we call “crime fiction.”

While some of the veteran authors in the collection certainly garner wider name recognition — Margaret Maron, Tom Franklin, Zoë Sharp, and others — one of the real delights for me as an editor was working with three writers making their debuts in the world of crime fiction: J.D. Allen, author of “Grasshoppers,” Kristin Kisska, author of “The Sevens,” and Karen E. Salyer, author of “Childhood’s Hour.”

Continue reading here …

Down & Out Authors on the Net

Rob Brunet

• The Do's and Don'ts of a Successful Author Event on ITW Presents: The Thrill Begins.

Jen Conley

• An interview with the Washington Independent Review of Books.

Frank De Blase

• An interview with Jon Jordan on Crimespree Magazine.

Dana King

• A guest post — "Turning Over the Soil in the Field of Hammett and Chandler" — on Do Some Damage: An Inside Look at Crime Fiction.
• A guest post with the backstory to A Dangerous Lesson for Patricia Abbott (patinase).
• An interview with Fiona Mcvie on AuthorsInterviews.
• A guest post on AshEdit — News About Books & Writers on "Writing the Private Eye".

Linda Sands

• Congratulations for winning the Georgia Author of the Year award in the category of Detective/Mystery for her book 3 WOMEN WALK INTO A BAR.

And finally, our press release announcing the official Bouchercon 2016 anthology, BLOOD ON THE BAYOU, edited by Greg Herren.

Shamus Award Nominations for Down & Out Books Authors!

Circling the Runway by J.L. AbramoCongratulations to J.L. Abramo, whose fourth Jake Diamond mystery, CIRCLING THE RUNWAY, has been nominated for a Shamus Award in the category Best PI Novel of 2015.

Robert S. Levinson was also nominated for his story “The Dead Detective”, which was included in the crime anthology COAST TO COAST: Murder from Sea to Shining Sea, edited by Andrew McAleer and Paul D. Marks.

Three other authors who will have books or short stories published by Down & Out Books later this year were also honored with nominations in various categories: Dana King, O’Neil De Noux and Matt Coyle.

The winners of the Shamus Awards will be announced during Bouchercon in New Orleans in September.

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