Coming in September from Down & Out Books: CROSSING THE CHICKEN by J.L. Abramo
By: Down & Out Books
About CROSSING THE CHICKEN …
San Francisco. Late September, 2004.
The Giants are hanging on to the slim hope of a spot in the Major League baseball playoffs.
The Forty-Niners are hoping for their first win of the season after three losses.
Vinnie "Strings" Stradivarius is in the intensive care ward at St. Francis Memorial Hospital—and Jake Diamond is hoping Vinnie will both survive and avoid a homicide indictment if he pulls through.
Vinnie has been double-crossed, shot and left for dead at a crime scene, and he is the chief suspect in the murder of one of the city's most influential businessmen.
Anyone who knows Vinnie knew he wouldn't hurt a fly.
But the District Attorney and the San Francisco Police Department brass don't know him—and they don't care. Pressure from the Mayor's Office and the public is calling for a quick indictment and conviction—and Vinnie is handy.
Jake Diamond has a strong dislike of the double-cross. If asked why the chicken crossed the road, Jake would suggest the road had crossed the chicken.
In a race against time—with the help of Darlene Roman, Detective Sergeant Roxton Johnson of the SFPD, Sonny "The Chin" Badalamenti, bookmaker William "Big Bill" Conway, and Mob Underboss Tony Carlucci—Jake frantically scrambles to find answers before the case is closed with Vinnie taking the fall.
In Abramo's first Jake Diamond mystery since the Shamus Award-winning Circling the Runway, Jake is determined to prove that you cross the chicken at your own risk.
Praise for the Jake Diamond mysteries …
"One of my all-time favorite PI series." —Steve Hamilton, Edgar Award-winning author of The Lock Artist
"Think it's impossible to find a new take on the wise-cracking San Francisco PI? Meet Jake Diamond and think again…sharp and smart, convincing and complex." —S.J. Rozan, Edgar Award-winning author of Absent Friends
Meet the author …
J.L. Abramo was born and raised in the seaside paradise of Brooklyn, New York on Raymond Chandler's fifty-ninth birthday.
A long-time journalist, educator and theatre artist, Abramo earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Education at The City College of The City University New York and a Master's Degree in Social Psychology from The University of Cincinnati.
Abramo is the author of Catching Water in a Net, winner of the St. Martin's Press/Private Eye Writers of America prize for Best First Private Eye Novel; the subsequent Jake Diamond Novels: Clutching at Straws, Counting to Infinity and Circling the Runway (Shamus Award Winner); Chasing Charlie Chan, a prequel to the Jake Diamond series; the crime novels Gravesend, Brooklyn Justice, and Coney Island Avenue; and American History.
Abramo serves as President of the Private Eye Writers of America.
In its ninth year as an independent publisher of award-winning literary and crime fiction, Down & Out Books (https://downandoutbooks.com) 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 email@example.com.