Down & Out Books

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Down and Out Books is noir.

Down and Out Books is the private eye.

Down and Out Books is hard boiled.

Down and Out Books is crime.

We are lover’s of quality, well-written stories of crime. We look for and publish great writers…some you’ve heard of, some you haven’t. These are folks you should be reading. We aim to release 2-5 titles per month starting with back catalogs and leading to new, unpublished titles.

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Coney Island Avenue
Pre-release—available March 13, 2017. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 119,320. Language: American English. Published by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
CONEY ISLAND AVENUE, a sequel to the acclaimed novel GRAVESEND, by Shamus Award-winning author J.L. Abramo.
Leon's Legacy
Pre-release—available February 13, 2017. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 61,640. Language: American English. Published by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
LEON’S LEGACY, a prequel to the Wiley novels by Lono Waiwaiole. “[An] unexpectedly honest novel about a violent teenage world, peopled with intensely believable characters whose upside down humanity will grab you.” —Kent Harrington
The Origins of Benjamin Hackett
Pre-release—available February 6, 2017. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 87,230. Language: English (Irish dialect). Published by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Literature » Literary
THE ORIGINS OF BENJAMIN HACKETT by Gerald M. O’Connor. “[A] raucous and riotous coming of age story that is brutal, tender and hilarious.” — Paul D. Brazill
Swann's Lake of Despair
Pre-release—available February 6, 2017. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 88,780. Language: American English. Published by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
SWANN’S LAKE OF DESPAIR, a Henry Swann mystery by Charles Salzberg. 3rd in series. “Smart, satisfying, even profound, this is exactly what every mystery reader is looking for.” — Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha Award and Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning author.
Coast to Coast: Private Eyes from Sea to Shining Sea
Pre-release—available January 30, 2017. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 115,280. Language: American English. Published by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
COAST TO COAST: PRIVATE EYES FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA, edited by Andrew McAleer and Paul D. Marks. “Tough, taut and terrific. This cross-country collection of sleuthing stories — from the best writers in the private eye biz — is wonderfully written, always surprising, and completely entertaining.” — Hank Phillippi Ryan, Anthony, Agatha and Mary Higgins Clark award-winning author of Say No More
No Safe Place
Pre-release—available January 30, 2017. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 110,860. Language: American English. Published by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
NO SAFE PLACE, a Joe Hunter thriller by Matt Hilton. 11th in series. “I cannot recommend this book strongly enough and I’m already counting the days until I can get my next fix of Joe Hunter” — Crimesquad.com 5-star review
The Last Collar
Pre-release—available January 23, 2017. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 75,590. Language: American English. Published by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
THE LAST COLLAR, a Crime Novel by Lawrence Kelter and Frank Zafiro.
Bite Harder
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 76,920. Language: American English. Published: January 12, 2017 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
BITE HARDER, sequel to the award-winning HARD BITE by Anonymous-9. “It is unique and vicious and bloody funny but what kept me turning pages deep into the night was its heart. I loved Hard Bite, and Bite Harder is even better, stronger, wilder.” —Anthony Award nominee Josh Stallings, author of Beautiful, Naked & Dead
Hard Bite
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 69,000. Language: American English. Published: January 12, 2017 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
HARD BITE by Anonymous-9, based on the winner of Spinetingler Magazine’s Best Short Story on the Web, 2009, and winner of the Readers’ Choice Award 2012 The House of Crime and Mystery (Canada) and Top 5 Debut Novels of 2013 BookPeople/MysteryPeople, Austin, TX.
Swann Dives In
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 90,290. Language: American English. Published: January 9, 2017 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
SWANN DIVES IN, a Henry Swann mystery by Charles Salzberg. 2nd in series. “[A] well-paced literary mystery. Salzberg’s soft-boiled touch makes this clever bibliophile case a fun read, particularly with its abundant literary references.” — Library Journal
Burning Moon
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 100,090. Language: American English. Published: December 22, 2016 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
BURNING MOON, a Wil Hardesty novel by Richard Barre. 5th in series. “[Barre] is a lyrical prose stylist, as adept at creating flesh-and-blood characters as anyone working with pen and ink, a tale spinner of the highest order.” —Dennis Lehane, author of Mystic River
Blackheart Highway
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 97,570. Language: American English. Published: December 18, 2016 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
BLACKHEART HIGHWAY, a Wil Hardesty Novel by Richard Barre. 4th in series. “An excellent series.” —Booklist
Road Gig
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 42,140. Language: American English. Published: December 17, 2016 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
ROAD GIG, a crime novella by Trey R. Barker. Also included is BLOOD EVIDENCE, a Barefield story.
Scoundrels: Tales of Greed, Murder and Financial Crimes
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 99,050. Language: American English. Published: December 16, 2016 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
SCOUNDRELS: Tales of Greed, Murder and Financial Crimes. Stories by Reed Farrel Coleman, David Corbett, Tyler Dilts, Brendan DuBois, Seth Harwood, Darrell James, Gary Phillips, Travis Richardson, SJ Rozan, Kelli Stanley, Eric Stone, Bob Truluck, Lono Waiwaiole and Pamela Samuels Young.
Swann's Last Song
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 78,470. Language: American English. Published: December 12, 2016 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
SWANN’S LAST SONG, a Henry Swann mystery by Charles Salzberg. 1st in series. “Salzberg’s a hell of a writer. He delivers thrills, insight and plenty of laughs. Swann is a very cool take on the classic P.I.” — Andrew Klavan, author of True Crime and Don’t Say a Word
No Happy Endings
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 51,510. Language: American English. Published: December 5, 2016 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
NO HAPPY ENDINGS, a Crime Novel by Angel Luis Colón. Novella length — 35,000 words.
The Man in Red Square
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 99,180. Language: American English. Published: November 29, 2016 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
THE MAN IN RED SQUARE by Bill Moody. “An exciting journey into history, politics, and deception as Washington and Moscow jockey to pull off a critical spy exchange in 1980. The book rings with authenticity and offers rare glimpses into the power struggles each side faces.” — Gayle Lynds, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Spies
Zoë
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 79,500. Language: American English. Published: November 21, 2016 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
ZOË by George Williams. At turns absurd, poignant, and comic, Zoë is a quicksilver phantasmagoria and enchanted road trip unlike any other, where travel is spectral and the traveling companions, if not real, are temporary visitors from imaginary worlds sent to show a girl lost in the moronic inferno of 21st century America the best way to her brightest possible future.
Pine Box for a Pin-Up
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 64,640. Language: American English. Published: November 15, 2016 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
PINE BOX FOR A PIN-UP, a Frankie Valentine mystery by Frank De Blase. 1st in series. Also includes GRIFT ’N’ GRIND, a Frankie Valentine short story.
Exit Blood
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 97,540. Language: American English. Published: November 15, 2016 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
EXIT BLOOD, a Barefield novel by Trey R. Barker. “Exit Blood is quintessential, bite-your-lip Trey R. Barker with just enough nitrous thrown into the literary stream to make most thrillers seem like Keystone Cops.” — Craig Johnson, author of the Walt Longmire Mysteries
Devil in the Hole
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 87,550. Language: American English. Published: November 14, 2016 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
DEVIL IN THE HOLE by Charles Salzberg. In this smartly constructed crime novel, Salzberg uses multiple viewpoints to portray an unlikely killer who methodically slaughters his family … an intriguing collage of impressions and personal perspectives for the reader to ponder. — Publishers Weekly
Dark Paradise
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 101,720. Language: American English. Published: November 12, 2016 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
DARK PARADISE, a Crime Novel by Lono Waiwaiole. “*Starred Review* Noir fans need to know about Waiwaiole right now. He’s the real thing, and he’s too good to miss.” — Booklist
Czechmate: The Spy Who Played Jazz
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 97,700. Language: American English. Published: November 11, 2016 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
CZECHMATE: The Spy Who Played Jazz by Bill Moody. “Like TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY, Moody brilliantly explores the dark world of ’60’s Cold War Europe. And, like Le Carré, Moody himself has been there.” — Mary Stanton, novelist, and senior editor, MERRY BAND OF MURDERERS
Gravesend
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 131,210. Language: American English. Published: November 5, 2016 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
GRAVESEND, a Crime Novel by J.L. Abramo. "This is a remarkable book that will tie you in knots as you wait to see how it all plays out. A truly exceptional novel." — Crimespree Magazine.
Finders Keepers
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 47,690. Language: American English. Published: November 4, 2016 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense
FINDERS KEEPERS, a Young Adult Novel of Suspense by David Housewright
The Ghosts of Morning
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 96,100. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2016 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
THE GHOSTS OF MORNING, a Wil Hardesty novel by Richard Barre. 3rd in series. "Barre has tapped into the psyche of a generation; The Ghosts of Morning is a ride as wild and exhilarating as the California surf." — Nevada Barr
2000 Miles to Open Road
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 91,300. Language: American English. Published: October 28, 2016 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
2000 MILES TO OPEN ROAD, a Crime Novel by Trey R. Barker. "This is a mean, greasy V-8 of a book, and Trey Barker's at the wheel. Buckle up." — Sean Doolittle
Wiley's Refrain
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,560. Language: American English. Published: October 28, 2016 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
WILEY'S REFRAIN, a Wiley Crime Novel by Lono Waiwaiole. 3rd in series. "Lono Waiwaiole's Wiley novels are the past and the future of hardboiled crime fiction …" — Lee Child.
Christmas Stories: The Complete Collection — In the Tradition of Rod Serling
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 33,230. Language: American English. Published: October 27, 2016 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
CHRISTMAS STORIES: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION — In the Tradition of Rod Serling. With introductions by J.L. Abramo, Harlan Coben, Michael Connelly, Robert Crais, Michael Koryta, Brad Parks, and Gary Phillips.
Worst Enemies
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 113,040. Language: American English. Published: October 26, 2016 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
WORST ENEMIES, a Penns River Crime Novel by Dana King. 1st in series.
Stray Dogs: Interviews with Working-Class Writers
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 71,180. Language: American English. Published: October 26, 2016 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Nonfiction » Literary criticism » Mystery & Detective
STRAY DOGS: Interviews with Working Class Writers, edited by Daniel M. Mendoza. A portrait of contemporary working class authors in America.
Grind Joint
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 93,500. Language: American English. Published: October 26, 2016 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
GRIND JOINT, a Penns River Crime Novel by Dana King. 2nd in series.
Wiley's Shuffle
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 76,460. Language: American English. Published: October 14, 2016 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
WILEY'S SHUFFLE, a Wiley Crime Novel by Lono Waiwaiole. 2nd in series. "Neo-noir spoken here, even more fluently than … Wiley's striking debut … .We may be watching the emergence of a major talent." — Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
Bearing Secrets
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 88,460. Language: American English. Published: October 14, 2016 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
BEARING SECRETS, a Wil Hardesty Mystery by Richard Barre. 2nd in series. "Good narrative, inventive plot, striking characters, and psychological depth make this a keeper. Recommended." — Library Journal
Buffalo and Sour Mash
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 73,760. Language: British English. Published: October 14, 2016 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
BUFFALO 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 insanity and a story about female beauty and showmanship.
Wiley's Lament
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 87,000. Language: American English. Published: October 12, 2016 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
WILEY'S LAMENT, a Wiley Crime Novel by Lono Waiwaiole. 1st in series. "The noir is so dark in Lono Waiwaiole's first novel, WILEY'S LAMENT, you'll need a trenchcoat and a fedora." — The Oregonian
The Innocents
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 90,300. Language: American English. Published: October 12, 2016 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
THE INNOCENTS, a Wil Hardesty Mystery by Richard Barre. Winner of the 1996 Shamus Award for Best First PI Novel!
The Perpetrators
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 43,150. Language: American English. Published: October 11, 2016 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
THE PERPETRATORS, a Crime Novel by Gary Phillips. "Gary Phillips writes tough and gritty parables about life and death on the mean streets …" — Michael Connelly
Texas Noir
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 55,140. Language: American English. Published: October 8, 2016 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
TEXAS NOIR, a Collection of Short Stories by Milton T. Burton.
The Devil's Anvil
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 113,240. Language: American English. Published: October 7, 2016 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
THE DEVIL'S ANVIL, a Joe Hunter Thriller by Matt Hilton. 10th in series.
The Lawless Kind
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 114,320. Language: American English. Published: October 7, 2016 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
THE LAWLESS KIND, a Joe Hunter Thriller by Matt Hilton. 9th in series.
Rules of Honor
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 118,620. Language: American English. Published: October 7, 2016 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
RULES OF HONOR, a Joe Hunter Thriller by Matt Hilton. 8th in series.
No Going Back
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 105,670. Language: American English. Published: October 7, 2016 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
NO GOING BACK, a Joe Hunter Thriller by Matt Hilton. 7th in series.
Souls of the Dead
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 65,270. Language: American English. Published: October 5, 2016 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
SOULS OF THE DEAD, a Hitman with a Soul Crime Novel by Robert J. Randisi. 2nd in series.
Upon My Soul
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 58,810. Language: American English. Published: October 5, 2016 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
UPON MY SOUL, a Hitman with a Soul Crime Novel by Robert J. Randisi. 1st in series.
The Damp Fedora: Noirvella #1 of a Serial of Intrigue
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 36,770. Language: American English. Published: September 26, 2016 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
THE DAMP FEDORA, a Noirvella of a Serial of Intrigue by Kate Pilarcik. 1st in series. THE DAMP FEDORA introduces 1940's detective Nelle Callahan, gal gumshoe with gumption, 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.
Death Is Not Forever
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 97,660. Language: American English. Published: September 23, 2016 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
DEATH IS NOT FOREVER, a Barefield Novel by Trey R. Barker. 3rd in series. "Trey R. Barker just might be the closest successor to Jim Crumley we have. Both hail from Texas and both have written some of the grittiest noir prose on God's damned earth." — Vincent Zandri
Over Their Heads
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 76,910. Language: American English. Published: September 22, 2016 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
OVER THEIR HEADS by JB Kohl and Eric Beetner. "A full-blown crime noir that will keep you on the edge of your seat!" — Bill Crider.
Tales from the Blue Line
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 56,320. Language: American English. Published: September 21, 2016 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
TALES FROM THE BLUE LINE by Rob Riley, the first in a new series of "Crimespree Magazine Presents." This is a compilation of twenty-nine separate police investigations conducted by Rob Riley and his partners, while they were Milwaukee Police officers.
LAdies' Night
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 85,020. Language: American English. Published: September 20, 2016 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Mystery, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
LADIES' NIGHT presented by the Los Angeles chapter of Sisters in Crime and edited by Naomi Hirahara, Kate Thornton and Jeri Westerson. Award winning L.A. crime novelist Denise Hamilton wrote the introduction.
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