Now Available from Down & Out Books: GRAND TRUNK AND SHEARER by Ian Truman

Grand Trunk and Shearer by Ian Truman
Grand Trunk and Shearer by Ian Truman
TAMPA, Fla. - July 22, 2016 - PRLog -- Down & Out Books is pleased to announce that GRAND TRUNK AND SHEARER by Ian Truman is published this week in trade paperback and ebook formats.

"When I read the manuscript of this crime novel, I was immediately captured by its intensity and depth," said Eric Campbell, publisher of Down & Out Books. "This is the first book by this outstanding author that we've published and I'm confident it won't be the last."


When Cillian Kennedy's body was fished out of the canal, no one believed his death was due to natural causes.

But when the police wrote it off as an accidental death, four of his friends and family roamed the city in the search of any clue that may lead to the killer

Answers were found down dead end roads, on the edge of the industrial harbour front, in an abandoned building now a crack den, through obscure networks of anti-racist skinheads, the racist Heritage Front, former gay bashers, the flailing Irish mob and the Mohawk MMA circuit.

Featuring some of Montreal's most notorious neighbourhoods, and told in a uniquely gritty raconteur voice, GRAND TRUNK AND SHEARER offers more than the typical run-of-the-mill mystery novel. At a crossroads between noir, private eye and literary fiction, it is a book that will please those who have come to ask more of the genre with profound characterization, down to earth style, minimalist setting, believable violence and flawless dialogue.


"D'Arcy Kennedy's search for his brother's killer is a gut-wrenching trip into a world of people left behind by gentrification, forgotten by changing politics and trying to hang onto what little family they have left. It's authentic, it's raw, and it's got heart. It's a trip worth taking." — John McFetridge, author of A Little More Free

Meet the author …

Ian Truman is a novelist, a musician and a visual artist. Born and raised in the East End of Montreal, he is a fan of punk, hardcore, hip hop, dirty realism, noir, satire and hopes to mix these genres in all of his works. A graduate of Concordia University's creative writing program, he won the 2013 Expozine Awards for best Independent English Novel. He lives in Montreal with his wife and two daughters.

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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