THE DEVIL DOESN’T WANT ME, a Lars and Shaine Crime Novel by Eric Beetner — 1st in series (February 2018)

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For the last seventeen years, Lars—a hitman for an East Coast crime family—has been on the hunt for Mitch the Snitch. Mitch, an accountant who turned on Lars’s employer, is living in witness protection and has been evading Lars for almost two decades.

In comes Trent, a young gun who has been sent to replace the aging gun for hire. With his old boss gone, Lars realizes he has lost the desire to kill his long-time target.

When things come to a head with Trent, Lars finds himself on the run with Mitch’s teenage daughter Shaine, trying to stay one step ahead of angry mobsters and the FBI, as they make their way from New Mexico to California.


The Devil Doesn’t Want Me is a runaway train of violence and mayhem, packed full with a collection of one-of-a-kind characters all speeding toward an explosive and inevitable end. Beetner is a maestro with his action scenes, filling the novel with cinematic set pieces, but the real heart of his story is Lars, an aging hit man forced to confront his own morality as the world goes to hell around him. A great read.” —Owen Laukkanen, author of The Professionals and Criminal Element

“Eric Beetner is quickly becoming one of my favorite new crime writers, and The Devil Doesn’t Want Me is a perfect example of why. If you’re a fan of fast paced, well-written hardboiled crime fiction, you’re going to love this book. Beetner is the real deal, and I can only hope this is just the start of what we can expect from him in the future.” —John Rector, author of The Cold Kiss and Already Gone

“Told with heart, humor, and sizzling cinematic prose, Eric Beetner’s The Devil Doesn’t Want Me is crime fiction at its most entertaining and marks the arrival of a bold new talent.” —Peter Farris, author of Last Call for the Living

“This book is like if you took Lawrence Block’s famous hitman, Keller, and made him the lovechild of Elmore Leonard and Quentin Tarantino.” —Criminal Element

“I found the story awesome, with characters you will love to hate and hate to love.” —Bookloons reviews

“In the wrong hands this story could have been a cliché-ridden minefield. Author Eric Beetner, however, is incredibly adept at crafting characters who defy their expected roles. An incredibly enjoyable story that has more depth than your typical hitman/mob shoot-em-up.” —Book Reviews by Elizabeth A. White

“Read this and you find yourself knee deep in a tightly woven web that shocks with static electricity at touch. I’m ready to read more from Eric Beetner and you should too after you have bought this book.” —Lurid Lit reviews

“Eric Beetner is a writer to watch–and to read. With sharp wit and interesting insight—and a huge dose of skill—Beetner takes you on rare literary trips, introducing you to a world of criminals, lost souls and losers. With The Devil Doesn’t Want Me, he delivers in spades with a fun, fast-paced and action-packed tale of a badass who might be losing his touch. With blossoming characters and a storyline you can’t predict, The Devil Doesn’t Want Me is a true delight.” —Greg Bardsley, author of Cash Out

“Eric Beetner’s The Devil Doesn’t Want Me is a hardboiled thrill ride that is a fantastic addition to the pulp/noir genre. His plot line buzzes along like an electric razor and keeps the reader not only on the edge of their seat, but also guessing at every turn and waiting for the next twist. Each character is well thought out and their behaviors are perfectly executed by Beetner. One often forgets that the protagonist they’re rooting for is a professional killer. Even the antagonist becomes someone you love to hate. The pulp/noir genre should be absolutely thrilled to have such a great voice added to their team. If you’re a fan of the genre, The Devil Doesn’t Want Me is right up your alley.” —Josh K. Stevens, author of Bullets Are My Business

“Hell of a crime novel and highly recommended.” —Spinetingler Magazine

The Devil Doesn’t Want Me has all the elements that one needs for a great commercial thriller, but it has rare ingredients that make it a work of its own. Unique characters thrown into a nice linear plot that takes plenty of sharp turns and keeps you guessing. I thought I know where this baby was going when it started, but I had no idea.” —Tom Pitts, author of Piggyback

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