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 We aim to release 2-5 titles per month starting with back catalogs and leading to new, unpublished titles.

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Seven Ways to Get Rid of Harry
Pre-release—available June 3, 2019. Price: $3.99 USD. Language: American English. Published by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller & Suspense
One way or another, Danny Zelko will get rid of Harry…SEVEN WAYS TO GET RID OF HARRY by Jen Conley.
No Salvation
Pre-release—available May 27, 2019. Price: $3.99 USD. Language: English. Published by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
NO SALVATION, a Novel by Jeffery Hess. Inspired by true events during the Vietnam War, an aircraft carrier’s first black officer must choose between his race and the Navy as he strives to crush a riot triggered by the ship’s racist captain.
Swann's Down
Pre-release—available May 20, 2019. Price: $3.99 USD. Language: American English. Published by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
SWANN’S DOWN, a Henry Swann Mystery by Charles Salzberg. 5th in series.
Fatally Haunted
Pre-release—available April 29, 2019. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 71,120. Language: American English. Published by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Anthologies » Mystery
Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles Presents FATALLY HAUNTED, edited by Rachel Howzell Hall, Sheila Lowe, and Laurie Stevens with an introduction by Cara Black. Obsession, revenge, justice. Los Angeles mystery writers go on a rampage in this short story anthology.
Down to the River
Pre-release—available April 22, 2019. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 71,480. Language: American English. Published by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Anthologies » Mystery
American rivers—full of life…and so much more. DOWN TO THE RIVER, an anthology edited by Tim O’Mara with an introduction by Hank Phillippi Ryan.
Mirror, Mirror
Pre-release—available April 8, 2019. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 37,070. Language: American English. Published by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller & Suspense
MIRROR, MIRROR, a Young Adult Novel by Les Edgerton. “Fantastic! Fast-paced and written in Edgerton’s distinctive, take-no-prisoners-style.” —Maegan Beaumont
The Movie Makers
Pre-release—available April 1, 2019. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,090. Language: American English. Published by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
THE MOVIE MAKERS by Gary Phillips. A Grifter’s Song Season One Episode 4.
The Pyongyang Option
Pre-release—available March 29, 2019. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 111,440. Language: American English. Published by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage, Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime
THE PYONGYANG OPTION, a Jonathan Brooks Thriller by A.C. Frieden. 3rd in series.
Murder-a-Go-Go's
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 126,850. Language: American English. Published: March 25, 2019 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
MURDER-A-GO-GO’S, crime fiction inspired by the music of The Go-Go’s, edited by Holly West.
Rose City
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 89,030. Language: American English. Published: March 25, 2019 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
ROSE CITY, a Teller County Novel by Michael Pool. 2nd in series.
Silent Remains
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 87,640. Language: American English. Published: March 18, 2019 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
A nail-biting thriller with a Hitchcock-style McGuffin…SILENT REMAINS, a crime thriller by Jerry Kennealy.
Some Degree of Murder
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 86,520. Language: American English. Published: March 18, 2019 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
SOME DEGREE OF MURDER, a River City Mystery by Frank Zafior and Colin Conway. 5th in series.
Monkey Justice
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 85,340. Language: American English. Published: March 18, 2019 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
In print for the first time, MONKEY JUSTICE collects the first stories of Anthony, Edgar and Macavity-nominated author Patricia Abbott.
Hipster Death Rattle
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 104,540. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2019 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
There’s a hipster-hating, machete-wielding killer on the loose in Brooklyn…HIPSTER DEATH RATTLE by Richie Narvaez.
The Unrepentant
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 81,680. Language: American English. Published: March 4, 2019 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
They never expected her to fight back… THE UNREPENTANT, a thriller by E.A. Aymar.
The Whale
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,340. Language: American English. Published: March 1, 2019 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
THE WHALE by Lawrence Kelter. A Grifter’s Song Season One Episode 3, created and edited by Frank Zafiro.
Jamaica Plain
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 100,760. Language: American English. Published: February 25, 2019 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
JAMAICA PLAIN, a Jim Grant Thriller by Colin Campbell. 1st in series. “A cop with a sharp eye, keen mind, and a lion’s heart.” —Reed Farrel Coleman
Lizzie's Lullaby
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 71,270. Language: American English. Published: February 25, 2019 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
LIZZIE’S LULLABY by Lono Waiwaiole is the fifth novel in a series that started with Wiley’s Lament in 2003.
Old Ghosts
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 32,880. Language: American English. Published: February 18, 2019 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Not all family is blood, and blood cannot save all family. OLD GHOSTS by Nik Korpon.
Hell Chose Me
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 81,120. Language: American English. Published: February 4, 2019 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
How far can one man fall into his own selfishness, despair, and anger? HELL CHOSE ME by Angel Luis Colón.
People Like Us
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 41,050. Language: American English. Published: February 1, 2019 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
PEOPLE LIKE US by J.D. Rhoades. Episode #2 of the Grifter's Song series, created and edited by Frank Zafiro.
Ten-Seven
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 86,810. Language: American English. Published: January 21, 2019 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
A seemingly random killing and a dead cop. Just another week in Penns River. TEN-SEVEN, a Penns River Crime Novel by Dana King.
All the Way Down
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 89,980. Language: American English. Published: January 7, 2019 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
To save her, and to save himself, he must make it… ALL THE WAY DOWN, a thriller by Eric Beetner.
The Concrete Smile
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,230. Language: American English. Published: January 1, 2019 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
THE CONCRETE SMILE by Frank Zafiro. Episode #1 of the Grifter’s Song series, created and edited by Frank Zafiro.
Harbinger
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 78,290. Language: American English. Published: December 10, 2018 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
HARBINGER, a prequel to the Ania Series by Frank Zafiro and Jim Wilsky.
The One That Got Away
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 87,150. Language: American English. Published: December 3, 2018 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
In the modern vein of The Girl on the Train and The Bone Collector, The One That Got Away by Joe Clifford is a dark, psychological thriller featuring a compelling, conflicted heroine and a page-turning narrative that races toward its final, shocking conclusion.
Surviving Jersey: Danger & Insanity in the Garden State
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 62,210. Language: American English. Published: November 26, 2018 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
Just your average New Jersey childhood? Not exactly. SURVIVING JERSEY: Danger & Insanity in the Garden State by Scott Loring Sanders.
Skin & Bones
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 90,020. Language: American English. Published: November 26, 2018 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Anthologies » Mystery
From a host of bestselling and award-winning authors come the stories from the darkest corners of their imaginations featuring one of the most abhorrent acts of mankind; cannibalism! SKIN & BONES edited by Dana C. Kabel.
The Big Machine Eats: Stories
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 60,700. Language: American English. Published: November 26, 2018 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Bishop Rider Lives! THE BIG MACHINE EATS, stories by Beau Johnson.
Adrenaline Junkie
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 131,370. Language: American English. Published: November 19, 2018 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
Meet a real-life, twenty-first-century Renaissance man. A real-life ADRENALINE JUNKIE, a Memoir by Les Edgerton.
Ed, Not Eddie
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 79,870. Language: American English. Published: November 19, 2018 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
ED, NOT EDDIE, an Eli Sharpe Mystery by Max Everhart. 3rd in series.
Splinter City
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 89,520. Language: American English. Published: November 12, 2018 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Sports
Every man dreams of re-living his glory days. Dan Parrish, ex-con, gets that opportunity...but pays a steep price…SPLINTER CITY by Shawn Corridan and Gary Waid.
Thieves
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 99,070. Language: American English. Published: November 12, 2018 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
THIEVES by Steven Max Russo. “A stunning debut novel. Steve Russo hits it out of the park with an ingenious, diabolical plot, a unique voice, and complex characters that will stay with you long after you’ve turned the final page.” —Charles Salzberg
101
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 86,440. Language: American English. Published: November 5, 2018 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
With an unforgettable cast of characters and an action-packed plot, 101, a thriller by Tom Pitts, is a wild ride through Northern California’s “emerald triangle.”
Pulp According to David Goodis
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 87,840. Language: American English. Published: November 2, 2018 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Nonfiction » Literary criticism » Mystery & Detective
David Goodis did not choose the pulp crime genre; it chose him… PULP ACCORDING TO DAVID GOODIS by Jay A. Gertzman.
The Disappearance of Maggie Collins
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 94,750. Language: American English. Published: October 31, 2018 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Maggie is a hot young mixed-race NYPD detective, half Puerto Rican, half black and all bombshell. Love and lust follow her wherever she goes. She volunteers to go undercover to catch a serial killer. “Don’t get in the car,” her lieutenant says. But of course, she gets into the car. The killer thinks he is in love, but his idea of love is a little strange.
Record Scratch
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 73,740. Language: American English. Published: October 22, 2018 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
RECORD SCRATCH, a Trevor Galloway Thriller by J.J. Hensley. 2nd in series.
Mental State
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 83,470. Language: American English. Published: October 15, 2018 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
MENTAL STATE by M. Todd Henderson is about two brothers learning about each other in death, and about the things people will do when convinced they are in the right.
Night Work
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 84,750. Language: American English. Published: October 8, 2018 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Night Work, originally published in 2003, is Greg F. Gifune’s first published novel. With a new introduction from author/artist Sandy DeLuca, this edition offers a unique look at the early work of Gifune.
Closing the Circle
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 80,180. Language: American English. Published: October 1, 2018 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
CLOSING THE CIRCLE by Frank Zafiro and Jim Wilsky. 3rd in the Ania Series. The circle is closing on all of them…
The Black Car Business Volume 2
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 76,100. Language: American English. Published: September 24, 2018 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Mystery
THE BLACK CAR BUSINESS VOLUME 2 edited by Lawrence Kelter. Contributors: Jonathan Ashley, Brett Battles, Kathy Bennett, Austin S. Camacho, Tim Ellis, Ty Hutchinson, Rick Murcer, Richie Narvaez, Gary Ponzo, Jeff Soloway, and Frank Zafiro.
Split to Splinters
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 87,720. Language: American English. Published: September 17, 2018 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
SPLIT TO SPLINTERS, an Eli Sharpe Mystery by Max Everhart. 2nd in series.
The Spying Moon
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 88,720. Language: American English. Published: September 17, 2018 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
THE SPYING MOON by Sandra Ruttan. The first mystery in the Integrated Border Enforcement Team series.
Dirty Boulevard: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Lou Reed
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 61,830. Language: American English. Published: September 13, 2018 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Mystery, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Dirty Boulevard: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Lou Reed, edited by David James Keaton.
Three Strikes: 3 Authors, 3 Novellas
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 96,090. Language: American English. Published: September 10, 2018 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
THREE STRIKES: 3 Authors, 3 Novellas: “I Take Care of Myself in Dreamland” by Ross Klavan; “Jammed” by Tim O’Mara; “The Maybrick Affair” by Charles Salzberg.
Broken Windows
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 106,520. Language: American English. Published: September 10, 2018 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
BROKEN WINDOWS, a Duke Rogers P.I. Mystery by Paul D. Marks, a searing sequel to the explosive Shamus Award-winning novel White Heat.
American History
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 91,220. Language: American English. Published: September 3, 2018 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Historical » USA
A panoramic tale, as uniquely American as Franklin Roosevelt and Al Capone…AMERICAN HISTORY by J.A. Abramo.
Blood Work
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 151,920. Language: American English. Published: August 27, 2018 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Anthologies » Mystery
Join as Duane Swierczynski, William Kent Krueger, Randy Wayne White, Jess Lourey, Stuart Neville and more come together in BLOOD WORK, a tribute to Gary Shulze, Once Upon a Crime. Edited by Rick Ollerman.
Sort ’Em Out Later
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 75,260. Language: American English. Published: August 27, 2018 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Stories from the edge of darkness…SORT ’EM OUT LATER by Jim Wilsky. A collection of very good stories about very bad people.
Presiding Over the Damned
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 91,200. Language: American English. Published: August 20, 2018 by Down & Out Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
PRESIDING OVER THE DAMNED, a Jack LeClere Crime Novel by Liam Sweeny. 2nd in series.
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