New from Down & Out Books: THE DAMP FEDORA by KATE PILARCIK

The Damp Fedora by Kate Pilarcik
The Damp Fedora by Kate Pilarcik
TAMPA, Fla. - Sept. 26, 2016 - PRLog -- Down & Out Books is pleased to announce that THE DAMP FEDORA, Noirvella #1 of a Serial of Intrigue by KATE PILARCIK is published this week in trade paperback and ebook formats.

"There are no words appropo for the grace of thanks this humble suspense author feels right now … joining the ranks of my published colleagues all 'round the world," said Kate Pilarcik. "I am so excited to share the first in this series of noirvellas with readers."

"I share Kate's enthusiasm for this new series," added Eric Campbell, publisher, Down & Out Books. "Eight titles are currently planned and I'm looking forward to participating all the way in this on-going adventure."


THE DAMP FEDORA introduces 1940's detective Nelle Callahan, gal gumshoe with gumption, with a case that struts its stuff like the breeze off a good Narragansett sail. Brisk. Brash. Knowing where the wind's coming from, and yet … wondering. Nelle's job? Cut through some slick con's shadow, lift a corner of chintz off the mist, let some truth shine in for the chippies and the chopper squad — you know — menfolk who measure themselves by how big their tommy guns really are.

In this outing, Nelle finds herself helping a damp fedora wearing Harry — who's not a Harry — Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Eddie Waitkus, MLB pitcher Paul Katcher and her OSS handler-agent, none other than former White Sox catcher Moe Berg.

Praise for THE DAMP FEDORA …

"Original, distinctive, and quirky, there's something legendary about Kate's writing. 'Writing' doesn't fully describe the evocative prose, it sings off the page with the sultriness of a Hollywood starlet and raps with the cool of the Rat Pack. I can't decide if she carries her pen in a holster on her stockinged thigh or in a violin case alongside her Tommy gun." — Matt Hilton, author of the international bestselling Joe Hunter thrillers

"Fair warning — you are about to be enveloped by a whirlwind. A soft whirlwind of words and snappy patter and hoods wide shouldering the front seat of mid-night sedans and a ball player on the outs and back ins and gats and tommyguns of the 45 persuasion ratatattating and the best cuppa joe in the world and a rock hard chunk of chocolate that ain't candy and Sinatra croonin' and Wind-song all over your mind and some secret and not-so-secret agents … and … and … and if this all sounds confusing, just keep in mind what Nelle Towse Callahan tells ya right out in front: 'Some-thing's up. Something always is.' Remember that and you'll be all right, bub. You will be exactly all right." — A.J. (Bill) Hayes, revered crime-noir author of our thriller times, who left us in shadows way too damn soon

Meet the Author …

KATE PILARCIK, suspense author and intrigue promoter (as Absolutely*Kate), has moxie. World needs more moxie. Kate's noirvellas of 1940's Detective Nelle Callahan feature O.S.S. illusion flair interwoven with history's last laugh.

From early Ohio lands to Connecticut and Rhode Island shores, Kate does it right, does it big and gives it class. She's been published in Action: Pulse Pounding Tales vol. 1 and 2, Bleed (combating cancer in little kids), February Femmes Fatales, Days of Madness and others.

Encounter Kate Pilarcik, sleuth of the shadows of noir, @ her website {}. Exchange in lively repartee at Facebook and Instagram, Twitter, GoodReads and Pinterest.

Kate absolutely thanks you for your reads … but you knew that. She promises never a dull moment.

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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