Second Story Man by Charles Salzberg


“Salzberg has perfected the existential crime novel.”
—Hank Phillippi Ryan, Anthony, Agatha, and Mary Higgins Clark Award-Winning Author

“From one absorbing character to another, this is a gripping and totally rewarding read.”
—David Swinson, author of The Second Girl and Crime Song

“Salzberg is a superb wordsmith, with an honest ear for dialogue, and a delight in plot twists. If you’re not already a Salzberg fan, read this book; you will become one.”
—Michael Sears, Edgar Award Nominee and Shamus Award Winner for Black Friday

By Charles Salzberg

Is a serial criminal good at his job? Are the detectives who hunt him determined to win? How different are these three calculating personalities or is the only thing that sets them apart whether they operate inside or outside of the law?

In Charles Salzberg’s critically-acclaimed literary thriller Devil in the Hole, detective Charlie Floyd was obsessed with catching an abominable murderer. Now not-so comfortably settled into being recently retired, he is abruptly drawn back into the game by Cuban-born Miami police detective Manny Perez, who is on a mission to catch a notoriously elusive thief. Knowing how attached Floyd can become to a suspect, Perez is going to enjoy watching him work in Salzberg’s new crime novel, SECOND STORY MAN (March 26th, 2018; Down & Out Books; $17.95; ISBN 978-1-946502-55-1) due out in Spring 2018.

“I am a thief. Not just a run-of-the-mill, knock you over the head and steal your wallet thief, but the best damn thief in the whole goddamn world,” is how the infamous Francis Hoyt describes himself. He doesn’t leave a trail—paper or otherwise—and he always thinks ten steps ahead of the authorities and his sketchy business associates. He smirks in the face of apprehension, taking on more intricate and dangerous jobs just to prove how great he is at his work.

To Catch a Thief

Working together as an unlikely team, Perez and Floyd act on a rumor that Hoyt is about to depart the wealthy homes of Florida to begin a string of robberies in the northeast. Confident they are hot on their prey’s trail, the two detectives embark on their quest only to have Hoyt elude their grasp time and time again.

“When we find him…who’s going to be good cop and who’s going to be bad cop?”

“With Francis Hoyt, we will both have to be bad.”

Hoyt, realizing he is being pursued, deftly plans a scheme that pinpoints his location in several places at once, but never his actual whereabouts. As Floyd and Perez sniff around Hoyt’s shady friends and associates, Hoyt’s manic pride is fueled by his success at eluding capture.

Will his overfed ego and pride be the end of his story? Does a man so consumed by power still have friends who can save him from himself? Or is he too far gone for help?

SECOND STORY MAN is the perfect complement to a competitive culture where success is everything and the ends always seem to justify the means. With humor, suspense, intrigue, and while looking through a window into the human psyche, Charles Salzberg delivers a gripping cat-and-mouse tale. His contemporary noir-style makes SECOND STORY MAN a crime novel that fans of the genre will be eager to read.

About the Publisher
Founded in 2011, Down & Out Books is an independent publisher of award-winning literary and crime fiction based in Tampa, Florida.

About the Author
Charles Salzberg is a novelist, journalist, and acclaimed writing instructor. He is the author of the Henry Swann detective series, including Swann’s Last Song which was nominated for a Shamus Award for Best First PI Novel and Devil in the Hole, which was named one of the best crime novels of 2013 by Suspense magazine. He has taught writing at Sarah Lawrence College, Hunter College, the Writer’s Voice, and the New York Writers Workshop, where he is a Founding Member. His writing has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Los Angeles Times, Esquire, New York Magazine, and GQ. He lives in New York City.

SECOND-STORY MAN | By Charles Salzberg | Published by Down & Out Books
Release Date: March 26, 2018 | ISBN 978-1-946502-55-1
Trade Paperback $17.95 | E-Book $7.99 | 284 Pages


Seeds of Revenge by Wendy Tyson

“Tyson’s first-rate second Greenhouse mystery (after 2016’s A Muddied Murder) stars big-city lawyer turned small-town organic farmer Megan Sawyer, a kind, intelligent, and spirited woman with great integrity. In short, she’s the sort of person cozy readers warm to and root for.”
—Publishers Weekly Starred Review of Bitter Harvest: A Greenhouse Mystery
“This is the book to enjoy on a nice spring day—sitting back, relaxing, and enjoying Washington Acres.”
—Suspense Magazine on A Muddied Murder
“Charming and entertaining…Megan is a spunky heroin her loves her family and wants to succeed.
Readers of anim
al-centric cozies will flock to this.”
—Library Journal on A Muddied Murder
Seeds of Revenge
A Greenhous
e Mystery Book Three
by Wendy Tyson
In A Muddied Murder, Wendy Tyson introduced readers to Megan Sawyer, a woman who gives up her Chicago law career to care for her grandmother and run Washington Acres, the family’s organic farm and its cozy store and restaurant, Washington Acres Café and Larder. But Megan’s move to Winsome, a small town in Pennsylvania’s quaint Bucks County, hasn’t been so smooth. In Tyson’s first Greenhouse Mystery, a zoning commissioner is found dead in her barn and M
egan is considered the chief suspect; and in the second edition, Bitter Harvest, the town’s pub owner is killed after he accuses another brewer of rigging the sponsorship lottery for Winsome’s first  Oktoberfest. Megan follows her intuition and uses her knowledge of the law to solve both murder cases—even when they put her life in danger and exasperate the local police chief, Bobby King.
Megan returns f
or the holiday season in SEEDS OF REVENGE: A Greenhouse Mystery Book Three (Henery Press; November 14th, 2017; ISBN 9781635112757; Trade Paperback). A heavy snowstorm hits while Megan is on the road, and on her way to Winsome she picks up a woman who stranded her car from the weather. The stranger turns out to be Becca Fox, a chemist and the niece of nosy local nursery owner Merry Chance. Merry has invited Becca to stay with her so she can sell her “love potions” at holiday events. But Merry has an ulterior mo
tive in inviting Becca to Winsome—to reunite her with her estranged psychologist father Paul Fox, whom Becca despises because she believes he murdered her mother. When Paul turns up dead in a house he is renting, all signs point to Becca as his killer when she begins to display erratic behavior…and it turns out that Paul may have been poisoned by a gaseous mixture that only a person with a chemistry background would know how to create.
Megan has a soft spot for Becca and doesn’t want to see her incarcerated by Chief King. Her suspicions grow when she starts digging around Paul Fox’s past and finds it too clean. But she also soon discovers that Becca isn’t the only person in Winsome who despised Paul—Megan’s aunt Sara
h, a famous mystery author, has a shadowy past with him. Megan’s love interest Denver, a sexy Scottish country veterinarian reminiscent of a James Herriot novel, also has an aunt who once worked with Paul but refuses to discuss him.
The plot of SEEDS OF REVENGE takes a twist when it appears that the way Paul was killed is exactly the same as a murder in one of Aunt Sarah’s mystery novels…and soon other events take place that imply that this killer may be her biggest fan.
Megan enlists the help of Winsome’s quirky and loveable residents to solve the case: her spunky grandma Bibi; the kind and loving Denver, who is hinting to Megan that he wants a more committed relationship; Emily, a family friend whose rental Paul’s body was discovered in; overworked poli
ce chief Bobby King and his on-and-off girlfriend, Clover; and Alvaro, Washington Acres Café’s grumpy but spectacular chef.
In SEEDS OF REVENGE, Megan must rely on her environmental law background, her deductive reasoning skills, and her instincts to follow the literary clues of Aunt Sarah’s novels to solve the murder of Paul Fox—but can she uncover the truth before someone else is murdered?
Wendy Tyson’s background in law and psychology has provided inspiration for her mysteries and thrillers. O
riginally from the Philadelphia area, Wendy has returned to her roots and lives on a micro-farm with her husband, sons, and two dogs. Wendy’s short fiction has appeared in literary journals, and she’s a contributing editor and columnist for The Big Thrill and The Thrill Begins, International Thriller Writers’ online magazines. Wendy is the author of the Allison Campbell Mystery Series and the Greenhouse Mystery Series.
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dent publisher in the mystery and suspense genre focused on engaging stories with sharp twists and lively characters. To learn more about Henery Press, please visit
SEEDS OF REVENGE | A Greenhouse Mystery Book Three | By Wendy Tyson
Henery Press | Publication Date: November 14th, 2017 | ISBN: 9781635112757
Original Trade Paperback & E-Book | Price: $15.95 / $4.99 | 272 pages