Now Available from Down & Out Books: A COUGAR'S KISS by Frank De Blase

A Cougar's Kiss by Frank De Blase
A Cougar's Kiss by Frank De Blase
TAMPA, Fla. - July 1, 2016 - PRLog -- Down & Out Books is pleased to announce that A COUGAR'S KISS, the second Frankie Valentine mystery by Frank De Blase, is published this week in trade paperback and ebook formats.

"It's been far too long since we were first introduced to Frankie Valentine in PINE-BOX FOR A PIN-UP," said Eric Campbell, publisher of Down & Out Books, "This hard-boiled series is perfect for fans of noir crime fiction."


It's 1960 and Frankie Valentine is doing just fine. The transplanted New York photographer is living it up in the Hollywood sunshine surrounded by beautiful women more than willing to dispose of their clothes and pose. He has no reason to go back east. That is, until the body of a childhood friend, who had disappeared in 1950, turns up. Valentine flies back home to lend his expertise as a crime scene photographer and help out a friend who's in a jam. Instead he finds a compromised crime scene, a hidden stash of cash, and trouble. A Junkie stripper and her mother - a woman who ushered Valentine into manhood - a mob boss racked with jealousy and homicidal rage and assorted low-lifes all roll out the unwelcome mat. It's all blood, money, sex and lies … sealed with A Cougar's Kiss.

Meet the Author …

Frank De Blase likes the twist in the plot and the twist of the knife. He takes delight in chaos, entropy, and the wrong turns his characters make. His stories are pure pulp noir told in a language that is alliterated, obliterated, and visceral. He's madly in love with the femme fatale.

De Blase writes as a music critic every week for Rochester City Newspaper, contributes frequently to Crimespree Magazine, writes a monthly column for Skin & Ink Magazine, and photographs pin-up models for several men's magazines. He likes to sing the blues.

He lives in Rochester, New York with his wife, Deborah and two cats, Rocco and Dixie.

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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