Down & Out Books proudly releases two brand new books and two TP reissues.
First up is Trey R. Barker’s EXIT BLOOD which is the second book in his Barefield series. Craig Johnson (yep, the author of the Walt Longmire Mysteries, the basis for A&E’s hit series Longmire) raves, “There’s enough guns, gore, and grit to make you hang on for the whole ride, just make sure you keep your arms and legs inside the novel at all times.”
He has a bloody, dismembered foot in a cooler, along with a pile of cucumbers, but that might not even be Darcy’s biggest problem.
Darcy’s biggest problem may well be the trail of bodies behind him.
Or the lady hit man in front of him.
Or the old man, on the run from a murder he committed 50 years ago, at his side.
Or it could well be what it’s been Darcy’s entire life…his father, and the man who took his father’s place.
After fleeing the blood-bath at a church for the self-penitent, Darcy heads deep into his past to discover what his father was searching for just before Darcy killed him. The journey takes him to banks all over West Texas, looking for a safety deposit box which may hold the secrets.
But regardless of what those secrets might be and how they may soothe his soul, Darcy is still being hunted. By who? The hit man, the cops, the Feds, his step-father…
It doesn’t matter where he runs, the bodies pile up, the cash is missing, and he can’t remember what the hell happened that bloody night at the tattoo parlor.
Next up is the trade paperback edition of the first Barefiled book, 2000 MILES TO OPEN ROAD.
With a murder indictment hanging over his head, an angry cop on his tail, and an unknown woman who just dove through his car window during a shootout at the Carson City sewage plant, Halford Turnbull has just one goal:
To prove his innocence. Not to the prosecutors, not to the cops. To his brother. But brother Hanford is halfway across the country and between Carson City, Nevada and Huntsville, Texas is a pile of trouble that Hal simply can’t seem to avoid.
From stealing $20,000 to buy a DVD of a murder, to a low-rent casino in Vegas where a sadistic security guard is killed and a church filled with self-flagellant priests in Valentine, Texas, where a second shoot-out leaves a riot of bodies, Hal simply can’t catch a break.
And during it all, Hal wavers. He wants to prove to his brother-the good brother-that he isn’t a killer. But as situations begin to pile up, Hal thinks less of his brother than his girlfriend and a safe, new life in Mexico.
In a drive-in movie parking lot, he and his girlfriend and brother finally are forced to face both Hal’s haunting demons and the man who created the DVD of murder, and who wants his property back.
It is a 2,000 mile journey that could lead to redemption and could just get him killed, and yet there is no way Hal Turnbull can avoid driving those miles.
We’re not done yet!
For all you fans of FX’s hit The Americans, comes the latest from Bill Moody called THE MAN IN RED SQUARE.
When America defector Robert Owens passes a note to his former colleague in Moscow’s Red Square saying he wants to come home, American intelligence is faced with a major dilemma.
To ensure they are getting the genuine article and not an impostor, they must find someone who can ask questions only the real Owens can answer.
CIA veteran Charles Fox’s search turns up Christopher Storm, a teacher who served with Owens in Vietnam. Storm accepts the assignment as plans are made to exchange Owens for a Soviet trade official.
But Storm isn’t told the whole story.
When he meets with Owens, he discovers even more deception and the KGB’s complicated compartmentalization threatens to unravel the entire affair. Storm is forced into a desperate escape plan which may be the only way out.
New York Times bestselling author of THE BOOK OF SPIES, Gayle Lynds says, “In the grand tradition of unforgettable Cold War spy thrillers, Bill Moody’s The Man in Red Square sends you on an exciting journey into history, politics, and deception as Washington and Moscow jockey to pull off a critical spy exchange in 1980. With fascinating characters like Charles Fox, Christopher Storm, and Mikhail Sokolov, you’re in for a suspenseful read that will rivet you to your seat.”
Last, but not least, the first Jake Diamond Mystery, CATCHING WATER IN A NET by J.L. Abramo is available for the first time as a trade paperback.
In this award-winning debut, San Francisco PI Jake Diamond is a hero who plays both sides of the Private Eye street. He is a careless dresser with a sloppy lifestyle and he couldn’t keep his marriage from falling apart. But he also epitomizes the best of the modern shamus. He has the kinds of friends a man in his profession needs-jailbirds, mob bosses, and a cop who can surreptitiously run license plate numbers for him.
Jake has been down on his luck lately, barely making enough money to pay the bills and it looks like business might finally be picking up. A woman comes to his office begging him to find her missing husband who has been accused of murder. Jake remembers that his mentor Jimmy Pigeon always says “Whenever I’m asked to locate a missing spouse, the words ‘no, but thanks for asking’ always come to mind” and almost turns the case down, but then he learns that the murder victim was Jimmy Pigeon.
Determined to discover the identity of Pigeon’s killer, Diamond scrambles between Los Angeles and San Francisco following leads that range from weak to delusional. With the help of his trusty and sarcastic assistant, Darlene Roman, compulsive gambler Vinnie “String” Stradivarius, and Italian-American “businessman” Joey Russo, Jake slowly uncovers the motives behind Pigeon’s murder.
Jake’s adventure has all the components of a great new private eye series-scares, suspense, lots of laughs, a few tears and a big surprise at the end.