Coming in April from Down & Out Books: TEXAS TWO-STEP by Michael Pool

Texas Two-Step by Michael Pool
Texas Two-Step by Michael Pool
TAMPA, Fla. - Jan. 23, 2018 - PRLog -- Down & Out Books is pleased to announce that TEXAS TWO-STEP, the first book in the Russ Kirkpatrick crime series by Michael Pool, will be published on April 2, 2018 in trade paperback and ebook formats.


Cooper and Davis are a couple of jam band-obsessed Texas ex-pats growing some of Denver's finest organic cannabis and living the good life on tour. Or, at least they were, until legal weed put the squeeze on their market and cramped their playboy lifestyle.

When their last out-of-state distributor gets busted by an Illinois task force, they're left with no choice but to turn to their reckless former associate Elroy "Sancho" Watts to unload one last crop down in Teller County, Texas.

But Sancho Watts has troubles of his own in the form of Texas Ranger Russ Kirkpatrick, tasked under the table with nailing Watts for anything that will stick because of his involvement in the drug-induced suicide of a state senator's son.

Not to mention his infamous new business partner, Heisman quarterback and NFL burnout Bobby Burnell, a man working to rise from the ashes of his self-destructed football career by making a name for himself in his criminally inclined Teller County family, no matter who he has to double-cross to get there.

What ensues is a pine-curtain criminal jamboree where everyone involved keeps their cards close to their vest, and all the high-stakes two-stepping is sure to result in bloodshed.

Meet the author …

Michael Pool was born and raised in Tyler, Texas and educated on the Western Slope of Colorado, where he lived for nearly 20 years. He has worked as a private investigator, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor, bellhop, used car salesman (the worst ever), content marketing copywriter, and in other more nefarious positions better left unnamed. His other books include the crime noir novella Debt Crusher, and a collection of crime short stories, New Alleys for Nothing Men. Texas Two-Step is his first full-length novel, and will be followed up by a second novel, Rose City, in 2019. His short stories have appeared in numerous magazines, journals, and anthologies. He lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife Stephanie, stepsons Keaton and Tucker, and ferocious little lions London and Walter-Kitty.

Celebrating seven years as an independent publisher of award-winning literary and crime fiction, Down & Out Books ( is based in Tampa, Florida. For more information about the book, to request a review copy of the book, or to inquire about an interview with the author, contact

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