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 We aim to release 2-5 titles per month starting with back catalogs and leading to new, unpublished titles.

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The Getaway List
Pre-release—available August 6, 2018. Price: $3.99 USD. Language: American English. Published by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
The Getaway List by Frank Zafiro and Eric Beetner is the explosive third and final Cam & Bricks Job!
Pull & Pray
Pre-release—available July 30, 2018. Price: $2.99 USD. Language: American English. Published by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
PULL & PRAY, the eagerly anticipated follow-up to the Anthony Award-nominated NO HAPPY ENDINGS by Angel Luis Colón.
Flight of the Fox
Pre-release—available July 23, 2018. Price: $3.99 USD. Language: American English. Published by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
An innocent math professor runs for his life as teams of hitmen try to prevent publication of their government’s dark history…in FLIGHT OF THE FOX, a thriller by Gray Basnight.
Unloaded Volume 2
Pre-release—available July 16, 2018. Price: $3.99 USD. Language: American English. Published by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
UNLOADED VOLUME 2: More Crime Writers Writing Without Guns. Edited by Eric Beetner with an Introduction by Sara Paretsky.
Go Go Gato
Pre-release—available July 16, 2018. Price: $3.99 USD. Language: American English. Published by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
GO GO GATO, an Eli Sharpe Mystery by Max Everhart. 1st in series. “Fans of Harlan Coben will want to check out Max Everhart, a major new talent!” —Steve Ulfelder, Edgar Award-finalist author of Wolverine Bros. Freight & Storage
Dirty Who?
Pre-release—available July 9, 2018. Price: $3.99 USD. Language: American English. Published by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
DIRTY WHO?, a Johnny O’Rorke Adventure by Jerry Kennealy, winner of the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Private Eye Writers of America (PWA).
We Take What Fathers We Can
Pre-release—available June 25, 2018. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 55,530. Language: British English. Published by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
In two parts, fathers lament the losses of their daughters…in WE TAKE WHAT FATHERS WE CAN by Richard Godwin.
Queen of Diamonds
Pre-release—available June 25, 2018. Price: $3.99 USD. Language: American English. Published by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
QUEEN OF DIAMONDS by Frank Zafiro and Jim Wilsky. The Ania Trilogy, 2nd in series.
Saying Uncle
Pre-release—available June 18, 2018. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 57,100. Language: American English. Published by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
SAYING UNCLE by Greg. F. Gifune. Andy DeMarco and his little sister Angela worship their Uncle Paulie, an enigmatic savior who took the place of their absent father. But one summer day something unspeakable happens to Angela and the world changes forever. Twenty years later, Andy returns home to bury his murdered uncle, and only now can he begin to understand who the man truly was.
Once a Killer
Pre-release—available June 11, 2018. Price: $3.99 USD. Language: American English. Published by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Two ten-year-old boys are locked away in juvenile detention for the brutal torture and murder of a blind man in his own home. On release, and with new identities, one becomes a successful New York lawyer while the other becomes a career criminal. Then their paths cross again… ONCE A KILLER by Martin Bodenham.
The Manipulated
Pre-release—available June 4, 2018. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 89,800. Language: American English. Published by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
THE MANIPULATED, a Joe Portugal Mystery by Nathan Walpow. “I thought the last Joe Portugal mystery, One Last Hit, was unbeatable. Wrong. The Manipulated is even better. Suddenly this is a must-read series.” —Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher novels
My Cousin Vinny
Pre-release—available May 28, 2018. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 57,520. Language: American English. Published by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
MY COUSIN VINNY by Lawrence Kelter. Based on the screenplay by Dale Launer.
White Heat
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 98,990. Language: American English. Published: May 21, 2018 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
WHITE HEAT, a Duke Rogers PI Thriller by Paul D. Marks. Honored with the 2013 Shamus Award from the Private Eye Writers of America.
The Black Car Business Volume 1
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 77,910. Language: American English. Published: May 7, 2018 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
THE BLACK CAR BUSINESS VOLUME 1 edited by Lawrence Kelter. Contributors: Eric Beetner, J. Carson Black, Cheryl Bradshaw, Diane Capri, Jeffery Hess, Lawrence Kelter, Dana King, Allan Leverone, Simon Wood, and Vincent Zandri.
Tushhog
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 91,990. Language: American English. Published: May 7, 2018 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
TUSHHOG, a Scotland Ross Novel by Jeffery Hess. 2nd in series. Dark noir set in the state of sunshine. A story of crime and compulsion and the depths in which people rise or sink.
Blood on Blood
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 86,400. Language: American English. Published: April 30, 2018 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
BLOOD ON BLOOD by Frank Zafiro and Jim Wilsky. 1st in the Ania Series. “So hard-boiled I’m still sweating from the steam! A hell of a good story told by a pair of aces, guaranteed to jump-start your heart from the very first word. Add this to your reading list for sure!” —Shane Gericke
Monday's Meal
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 91,100. Language: American English. Published: April 23, 2018 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
MONDAY’S MEAL, stories by Les Edgerton. The author has an affinity for the disenfranchised among us and it is those often heroic people that interest him the most. In these stories he treats them with the sensitivity and dignity they deserve.
Exacting Justice
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 106,270. Language: American English. Published: April 23, 2018 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
EXACTING JUSTICE by TG Wolff. A brutal serial killer is terrorizing Cleveland’s drug dealers. Caught in the middle is Homicide Detective Jesus De La Cruz. Demands from his superiors, grief of the victim’s relatives, pressure from the public, and stress from his family quietly pull him apart. With no out, Cruz moves all in, putting his own head on the line to bait a killer.
Albatross
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 78,680. Language: American English. Published: April 21, 2018 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
ALBATROSS, a Richard Dean Buckner Mystery by Ryan Sayles. 3rd in series. “Albatross is not only a ride I recommend, but one I admire. A fine addition to RDB series.” —Beau Johnson
Precious Cargo
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 102,900. Language: American English. Published: April 9, 2018 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
PRECIOUS CARGO by Linda Sands. The Cargo Series (2nd in series). It’s a road trip to the dark side when trucker Jojo Boudreaux and co-driver Gator Natoli find themselves up against the powerful Somali Mafia operating a highly-profitable sex trafficking ring along major interstate trucking routes.
Texas Two-Step
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 80,250. Language: American English. Published: April 2, 2018 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
TEXAS TWO-STEP by Michael Pool. A Teller County Novel. 1st in series.
Down & Out: The Magazine Volume 1 Issue 3
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 58,290. Language: American English. Published: March 28, 2018 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Down & Out: The Magazine Volume 1 Issue 3. Featuring a new Jim Brodie story by Barry Lancet.
Second Story Man
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 96,730. Language: American English. Published: March 26, 2018 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
SECOND STORY MAN by Charles Salzberg. Part procedural, part noir, a thrilling, suspenseful cat-and-mouse game between two lawmen and a master burglar.
Murder and Mayhem in Muskego
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 81,970. Language: American English. Published: March 25, 2018 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
MURDER & MAYHEM IN MUSKEGO, edited by Jon and Ruth Jordan. Contributors include: Megan Abbott, Dana Cameron, Reed Farrel Coleman, Hilary Davidson, Sean Doolittle, J.M. Edwards, Andrew Grant, Ted Hertel, Jr., Chris F. Holm, Brad Parks, Gary Phillips, Kat Richardson, Greg Rucka, Marcus Sakey, Tom Schreck and Nathan Banks, Zoë Sharp, Bryan VanMeter and Jeri Westerson.
Bitter Water Blues
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 102,370. Language: American English. Published: March 19, 2018 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
BITTER WATER BLUES by Patrick Shawn Bagley. A country noir with a touch of dark humor about a blues-loving hitman, forced into one last job.
The Geneva Connection
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 100,200. Language: American English. Published: March 12, 2018 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime
The Geneva Connection by Martin Bodenham. “With this page-turner, Bodenham aspires to do for fund managers what John Grisham has done for lawyers.” —Corporate Financier Magazine.
The Night of the Flood
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 85,290. Language: American English. Published: March 5, 2018 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
The Night of the Flood: A Novel in Stories. Contributors: E.A. Aymar, Rob Brunet, Sarah M. Chen, Angel Luis Colón, Hilary Davidson, Mark Edwards, Gwen Florio, Elizabeth Heiter, J.J. Hensley, Jennifer Hillier, Shannon Kirk, Jenny Milchman, Alan Orloff, and Wendy Tyson.
Dangerous Boys
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 114,370. Language: American English. Published: March 5, 2018 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Coming of age
All they had was each other…and nothing to lose… Dangerous Boys by Greg F. Gifune.
Gunshine State
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 90,420. Language: Australian English. Published: February 26, 2018 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
GUNSHINE STATE, a Chance Novel by Andrew Nette. 1st in series. “A tense, fast-moving, vividly-drawn thriller.” —Garry Disher, author of the Wyatt novels
Piggyback
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 40,420. Language: American English. Published: February 19, 2018 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
PIGGYBACK by Tom Pitts. “Piggyback restores noir to its dark kingdom, a rollicking pumping novel of losers, psychos, stone killers, idiotic amateur rip-off artists, and a road-movie of a story that is as fast as it is beautifully written. Think Don Winslow’s Savages meets Christopher Cook’s Robbers and you have the dark read of the year.” —Ken Bruen, two-time Shamus Award-winner
The Selected Letters of the Late Biagio Serafim Sciarra
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 64,970. Language: American English. Published: February 19, 2018 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
The Selected Letters of the Late Biagio Serafim Sciarra, stories by George Williams. “The stories in this breathless and relentless collection are rendered in a voice both elegant and manic, as if we’re seeing the world through a surreal and yet precise kaleidoscope, one that both celebrates and condemns our foibles and follies.” —Eric Miles Williamson
The Devil Doesn't Want Me
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 83,900. Language: American English. Published: February 12, 2018 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
THE DEVIL DOESN’T WANT ME, a Lars and Shaine Novel by Eric Beetner. “Hell of a crime novel and highly recommended.” —Spinetingler Magazine.
When the Devil Comes To Call
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 71,030. Language: American English. Published: February 12, 2018 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
WHEN THE DEVIL COMES TO CALL, a Lars and Shaine Novel by Eric Beetner. “Fast-paced, well-written hard-boiled fiction.” —John Rector, author of The Cold Kiss
The Devil at Your Door
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 71,370. Language: American English. Published: February 12, 2018 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
THE DEVIL AT YOUR DOOR, a Lars and Shaine Novel by Eric Beetner. “Eric Beetner is quickly becoming one of my favorite new crime writers.” —John Rector, author of The Ridge
Blind Eye
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 120,160. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2018 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Being a bad guy isn’t just a way of life. It’s an art. BLIND EYE, a Marker Thriller by Marcus Pelegrimas.
One Last Hit
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 97,500. Language: American English. Published: January 29, 2018 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
ONE LAST HIT, a Joe Portugal Mystery by Nathan Walpow. 3rd in series. “This guy is a hell of a writer.” —Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher series
The Cost of Doing Business
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 73,630. Language: American English. Published: January 29, 2018 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
THE COST OF DOING BUSINESS, a Jon Catlett Novel by Jonathan Ashley. 1st in series. “Ashley breaks our hearts, he breaks all the rules and, most importantly, he breaks our expectations of what a simple crime story can be. He shatters it, leaving readers craving another deadly taste—much like the lost souls in this chilling, amazing story.” —Patrick Wensink, author of Broken Piano for President
Life During Wartime: Stories
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 94,460. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2018 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
LIFE DURING WARTIME, Stories by Thomas Pluck. A blackjack 21 of stories of people caught up in crime, facing bleak horrors, or spun in the whirlpool of human absurdity, this collects the best stories of Thomas Pluck.
Bad Samaritan
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 69,660. Language: American English. Published: January 22, 2018 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
BAD SAMARITAN, a Nick Forte Mystery by Dana King. 5th in series. “Dana King is a master at creating a low-down, dirty world where everyone needs a someone like Nick Forte on his side.” —Charles Salzberg, author of the Henry Swann mysteries.
Blackchurch Furnace
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 113,500. Language: American English. Published: January 15, 2018 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Urban
BLACKCHURCH FURNACE by Nathan Singer. “One of the most amazing books I’ve ever read. It reads like an underworld testament, groaning with ghost histories, clanking and burning with all the shuffling grandeur of its subject, Cincinnati. It’s haunting, it’s furious, it’s beautiful.”—Benjamin Whitmer, author of Pike and Cry Father
May
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 55,360. Language: American English. Published: January 8, 2018 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
MAY by Marietta Miles. “Every page has a lovely line, something to savor, even as the story uneasily slips under your skin. There’s beauty in the violence in this novella about loneliness and the lengths people go to free themselves from its grasp.” —E.A. Aymar, author of You’re As Good As Dead
Corrosion
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 71,090. Language: American English. Published: December 11, 2017 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
CORROSION by Jon Bassoff. “Bassoff confronts directly the traumatic stress disorder of our world today and tears off its mask, even if the face must follow.” —New York Magazine
Factory Town
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 64,310. Language: American English. Published: December 11, 2017 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
FACTORY TOWN by Jon Bassoff. “This is one to read with all the lights on.” —Publishers Weekly
The Disassembled Man
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 73,070. Language: American English. Published: December 11, 2017 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
THE DISASSEMBLED MAN by Jon Bassoff. “This is strong stuff, definitely not the kind of thing that you’re going to find from a mainstream publisher. If you have a taste for the off-beat, this might be just what you’re looking for.” —Bill Crider, author of Murder in Four Parts
The Incurables
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 73,840. Language: American English. Published: December 11, 2017 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
THE INCURABLES by Jon Bassoff. “A mesmerizing novel.” —Ken Bruen, Shamus Award-winning author of The Guards
The Blade This Time
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 70,520. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2017 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
THE BLADE THIS TIME by Jon Bassoff. “A dark masterpiece of classic horror. Bassoff blends art, insanity, violence, and obsession into a haunting nightmare that you don’t want to stop. Truly, Bassoff at his best.” —C.J. Howell, author of The Last of the Smoking Bartenders
Down & Out: The Magazine Volume 1 Issue 2
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 57,940. Language: American English. Published: December 4, 2017 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
DOWN & OUT: THE MAGAZINE Volume 1 Issue 2. Featuring a new Sheriff Dan Rhodes story by Bill Crider.
Meat City on Fire and Other Assorted Debacles
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 63,770. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2017 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
MEAT CITY ON FIRE and Other Assorted Debacles by Angel Luis Colón. “A hard-hitting collection of fast paced noir stories that never disappoint.” —Jen Conley, author of Cannibals
Crimespree Magazine Issue 66
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 55,760. Language: American English. Published: November 24, 2017 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
CRIMESPREE MAGAZINE Issue 66. Edited by Jon and Ruth Jordan. Cover Feature: An interview with Lori Rader-Day by Dan and Kate Malmon.
When the Lonesome Dog Barks: A Jace Salome Novel
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 107,940. Language: American English. Published: November 20, 2017 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
With Jace’s partner out of the picture, she’s forced to delve into the world of online predators alone … WHEN THE LONESOME DOG BARKS, a Jace Salome Novel by Trey R. Barker. 3rd in series.
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