Now Available from Down & Out Books: CROSSWISE by S.W. Lauden

CROSSWISE by S.W. Lauden
CROSSWISE by S.W. Lauden
TAMPA, Fla. - Feb. 29, 2016 - PRLog -- Down & Out Books is pleased to announce that S.W. Lauden's stand-alone crime novella CROSSWISE is now available in trade paperback and ebook formats.

"I've had my eye on S.W.'s work for a while now and am so pleased that he approached me with his new book," said Eric Campbell, publisher of Down & Out Books. "The storyline is approachable yet edgy, a perfect match for the style of books we publish."


Tommy Ruzzo is a disgraced NYPD cop who follows his coke fiend girlfriend back to her hometown in Florida. She leaves Ruzzo high and dry just before he's named Head of Security at Precious Acres, a beachfront retirement community populated by wisecracking New Yorkers. Ruzzo is stranded among the local losers until the day he discovers a murdered senior citizen on the Precious Acres bocce ball court.

The bodies pile up as Ruzzo uncovers a dangerous trail of clues that brings everybody in his new world under suspicion.

Praise for CROSSWISE …

"The suspense starts on the first page and doesn't let up. A unique setting with unforgettable characters." — Terrence McCauley, author of Sympathy for the Devil

"Briskly paced and precise as a Sunday crossword, this mystery hooks you fast, reels you in, and keeps you dangling in suspense till the very last page." — Scott Adlerberg, author of Jungle Horses and Graveyard Love

"CROSSWISE stands as a glorious bastard child of Goodfellas and The Golden Girls. It's a taut mystery with a hell of a wicked streak that only further cements S.W. Lauden as one of the best new voices in mystery and crime." — Angel Luis Colón, author of The Fury of Blacky Jaguar

Meet the Author …

S.W. Lauden is a writer and drummer living in Los Angeles. His short fiction has been published by Shotgun Honey, Out of the Gutter, Criminal Element, Dark Corners, Dead Guns Magazine, Akashic Books, WeirdBook, Spelk Fiction and Crimespree Magazine. His debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, was published by Rare Bird Books in November 2015. 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 about the book, or to request an interview with the author, contact

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