Crime Novelist Joe Clifford Signs Three-Book Deal with Down & Out Books

Joe Clifford

Down & Out Books is thrilled to announce that bestselling crime novelist Joe Clifford has signed a three-book deal with the publisher. THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY, a dark, psychological thriller, will be published in December 2018; SKUNK TRAIN, a modern day love story set against the backdrop of the NorCal marijuana trade, will be published in December 2019; and OCCAM’S RAZOR, a fast-paced thriller set in Miami, will be published in June 2020.

“I’m a big fan of Joe since first reading JUNKIE LOVE several years back,” said Eric Campbell, publisher of Down & Out Books. “His strong, approachable characters and intricately plotted novels are a perfect match for the kinds of books we publish.”

“I am very much looking forward to working with Eric and his team in releasing these three novels,” added Clifford. “I could not have found a better home for them.”

About THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY: In the early 2000s, a string of abductions rocked the small upstate town of Reine, New York. Only one girl survived: Alex Salerno. The killer, Ken Parsons, was sent away. Life returned to normal. No more girls would have to die. Until another one did. Paula Hawkins, New York Times bestselling author of THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, calls THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY “A great book! Taut pacing and with a powerful sense of place…an intelligent and astutely observed piece of American small town noir.”

About SKUNK TRAIN: Starting in the Humboldt wilds and ending on the Skid Row of Los Angeles, the storyline follows two teenagers, Kyle and Lizzie, who stumble upon stolen drug money and set off to find Kyle’s father, a Hollywood director he’s never met, with drug dealers, dirty cops, and the Mexican mob on their heels.

About OCCAM’S RAZOR: Fired from his job and attacked in his home, former top-flight NFL prospect Oz Reyes dives headlong into South Florida’s glitzy and glamorous underbelly, reopening a case the rich and powerful would prefer stay closed, and uncovers a Miami rarely seen, one crawling with shifty detectives, rogue assassins, and hard-drinking, sexual deviants—and no one and nothing is what it seems.

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