Now Available from Down & Out Books: DEVIL IN THE HOLE by Charles Salzberg

Devil in the Hole by Charles Salzberg
Devil in the Hole by Charles Salzberg
TAMPA, Fla. - Nov. 14, 2016 - PRLog -- Down & Out Books is pleased to announce that DEVIL IN THE HOLE by Charles Salzberg is published this week in trade paperback and ebook formats.

"I've been a fan of Charles's books for a long time," said Eric Campbell, publisher of Down & Out Books. "When he asked if we might be interested in bringing out new trade paperback and ebook editions of his backlist, I jumped at the opportunity. We're very excited to introduce this extraordinary author to a new audience of readers."


In the ballroom of a sparsely furnished Connecticut mansion, police find a shocking sight: four bodies lined up next to each other, three teenagers and a middle-aged woman, each lying on a blanket, each shot once in the head. In an upstairs bedroom: an elderly woman and the family dog, both of them shot as well. The only person missing is the husband, father, son, and prime suspect, John Hartman, who's got a three-week jump on the police.

Through the eyes of almost two dozen characters, including the neighbor who reports the crime, Hartman's mistress, a dogged state investigator, the family minister, and some of the characters Hartman meets on his escape route, we piece together not only what happened and how these shocking murders affect the community, but how John Hartman evades capture, where he's headed, and maybe even why he committed this gruesome crime in the first place.

Based on the notorious John List murders and already compared to works by Norman Mailer and Russell Banks, DEVIL IN THE HOLE is gripping, literate, and haunting.

Praise for DEVIL IN THE HOLE …

"Devil in the Hole is powerful stuff. Drawing on real events, Salzberg has crafted a mesmerizing tale in many voices. He masterfully drip-feeds the compelling story, funneling moments from disparate, scattered lives to define the personality of a madman. The overall effect is like slowly opening a beautifully wrapped box of poisoned chocolates." — Tim McLoughlin, editor of Brooklyn Noir

"Salzberg masterfully weaves together dozens of voices, including the killer's, in an effort to find out why a man would murder his entire family and then disappear. Devil in the Hole is a haunting meditation on the thin, wavering line between sense and senselessness." — Kaylie Jones, author Lies My Mother Never Told Me: A Memoir and Speak Now

"The devil isn't in the details, but in a tony Connecticut town. Charles Salzberg's Devil in the Hole is a fine piece of crime writing and a hell of a fun read." — Reed Farrel Coleman, three-time Shamus Award-winning author of Gun Church

"In this smartly constructed crime novel, Salzberg uses multiple viewpoints to portray an unlikely killer who methodically slaughters his family … an intriguing collage of impressions and personal perspectives for the reader to ponder." — Publishers Weekly

Meet the Author …

Charles Salzberg is the author of the Shamus-nominated Swann's Last Song, and the sequels Swann Dives In and Swann's Lake of Despair, which was a finalist for two Silver Falchions, the Beverly Hills Book Award and the Indie Excellence Award, as well as Devil in the Hole, which was named one of the best crime novels of 2013 by Suspense Magazine. One of his novellas, "Twist of Fate," is included the collection Triple Shot. He teaches writing for the New York Writers Workshop, where he is a Founding Member. Find out more at

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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