Now Available: 3 THE HARD WAY by Gary Phillips

3 the Hard Way by Gary Phillips
3 the Hard Way by Gary Phillips
TAMPA, Fla. - Feb. 8, 2016 - PRLog -- Three hard-boiled, action-oriented crime novellas by Gary Phillips are now available in a single volume in 3 THE HARD WAY, published on February 8, 2016 in trade paperback and ebook formats by Down & Out Books.

"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring together three of Gary's gritty crime stories in one book," said Eric Campbell, publisher of Down & Out Books. "And we also persuaded him to include a bonus short story featuring the central character of one of them."

About 3 THE HARD WAY …

Malcolm Cavanaugh Bleekston, MC Bleak, McBleak, enjoys hobnobbing with the one percenters and stealing from them. In The Extractors, he puts his life on the line to take a greedy man's gain while wondering if his girlfriend sees through his façade.

Ned "Noc" Brenner is a drifter with an unusual skill set — he's an extreme athlete good at whatever he does be it MMA fighting to riding a motorcycle off a mountaintop. After winning in an all-night poker game, this sets in motion a series of events in The Anti-Gravity Steal where Noc must use all his abilities to prevent wholesale destruction.

Part Shaft and part Batman sans the cowl, Luke Warfield, a philanthropist with a black ops background, the Essex Man, goes on the trail in 10 Seconds to Death of the villain who killed his foster father and uncovers not only ghosts from his past, but must stop a deadly plan of mass slaughter in his own backyard.

Bonus Essex Man short story, "Murder by Remote Control."

Praise for 3 THE HARD WAY …

On 10 Seconds to Death: "… it's filled with more sex and violence than novels tenfold the length. Author Gary Phillips knows how to pile on the action. This is definitely a homage to the spin rack novels of the 1970's." — Timothy Mayer, Z7's Headquarters

On The Anti-Gravity Steal: "Mr. Phillips has taken the men's action adventure pulp genre of the thirties adding 21st century sensibilities and amping the energy level to 11. Doc Savage is the template for Ned "Noc" Brenner." — Amazon Customer Review

Meet the Author …

Raised deep amid the cracked concrete and weathered palms of South Central L.A., weaned on the images of Kirby and Steranko in comic books, and Hammett and Himes in prose, Gary Phillips also draws on his experiences ranging from community organizer, teaching incarcerated youth, to delivering dog cages in writing his tales of chicanery and malfeasance. Author's website:

About Down & Out Books …

Founded in 2011, Down & Out Books ( ( is an independent publisher of crime fiction based in Tampa, Florida. For more information, contact

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