Down & Out Books February 2018 Promotion

“Smith deserves credit for taking a risk by creating a character like Lafitte, whose private code of honor—if any—is far more obscure than an anti-hero like Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer.” —Publishers Weekly

YELLOW MEDICINE, the first crime novel in the Billy Lafitte series by Anthony Neil Smith, now just 99¢ on Kindle, Nook, iTunes, Kobo, and Play or from the Down & Out Bookstore. Price effective through February 28th, 2018.


Down & Out: The Magazine

Subscriptions to DOWN & OUT: THE MAGAZINE are now available! Included with your annual subscription are four print AND digital issues of the magazine, coupons good for discounts in the Down & Out Bookstore, and other exclusive surprises to come!

For fans of good writing, good literature, and good crime…welcome.


The Devil Trilogy by Eric Beetner

Coming February 12th…THE DEVIL AT YOUR DOOR, the exciting conclusion to the Lars and Shaine Crime Trilogy by Eric Beetner. Also being reissued on the same date are the first two books in the series, THE DEVIL DOESN’T WANT ME and WHEN THE DEVIL COMES TO CALL.

ABC Group Documentation

An Imprint of Down & Out Books

Publisher: Jeremy Stabile

All Due Respect

An Imprint of Down & Out Books

Publisher: Chris Rhatigan

Shotgun Honey

An Imprint of Down & Out Books

Publisher: Ron Earl Phillips

In a continuing series of features from our authors, Math Bird writes about the genre of frontiers.

Math Bird

In this so-called era of globalisation, we don’t have to look too far to see the increasing significance of borders. From Brexit to He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named’s controversial wall, globalisation, ‘despite being commonly associated with a “borderless world,” has produced more rather than fewer borders, increasing rather than decreasing their complexity.’[1]

Growing up in the northeast corner of Wales, borders have played a significant part in my understanding of place. Most of northeast Wales lies on the border between England and Wales. Neither fish nor fowl, it’s an in-between place. Arguably, this could apply to most borderlands and cross-border territories—each a curious amalgam of social and cultural landscapes. Place plays a significant role in our lives. Our sense of it, and whether we feel ‘in’ or ‘out’ of place affects who we are, what we were, whom we might become.

Crime and noir fiction provides an excellent vehicle to explore notions of belonging, ‘inhabitant’ or ‘outsider’, social and geographical borders, the conflicts between the rural and the urban—the periphery and the centre. And, there are many crime, noir, hardboiled novels based in, and centred around Wales and its regions, that explore such notions; however, this article focuses on three.

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