Coming in November from Down & Out Books: THE BIG CRESCENDO by Jonathan Brown

TAMPA, Fla. - July 18, 2019 - PRLog -- Down & Out Books is pleased to announce that THE BIG CRESCENDO by Jonathan Brown will be published on November 4, 2019 in trade paperback and ebook formats.


Lou Crasher is a black Canadian rock drummer living and gigging in Los Angeles. When not playing shows he works at the L.A. Practice Joint, a low-rent rehearsal space for musicians. Angela, the most beautiful African American woman Lou's ever seen puts Lou's inner pinball machine on tilt. Her band books time at the "Joint" and with each encounter Lou pursues her with heat.

When the "Joint" gets robbed Lou volunteers to hunt for Angela's stolen gear because to him the math is easy: get the gear= get the girl. Armed with his music contacts and detecting skills learned from television hero, Jim Rockford Lou pounds the pavement and winds up uncovering a dangerous gear-theft ring. Lou goes deep under cover and while the case heats up to the boiling point a coke-snorting celebrity music producer hires Lou to find his prized snare drum: A colonial era drum once owned by famous social reformer and abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

The two cases become deeply entangled forcing Lou to duck bullets, navigate around sultry double-talking dames and control his cocktail intake. As Lou forges ahead he finds that something may be off with Angela. Who is she really?

Advance praise for THE BIG CRESCENDO …

"Jonathan Brown hits it out of the park with this debut novel, featuring a smart, funny, hard-working drummer with a flair for detective work. The snappy dialog, memorably realistic Los Angeles setting and quirky, compelling cast of supporting characters add to the fun. Can't wait for the encore." —Anne Hillerman, New York Times bestselling author of the Bernadette Manuelito mystery series.

Meet the author …

Jonathan Brown is the author of A Boxing Trainer's Journey: A Novel Based of the Life of Angelo Dundee and the novella Moose's Law…A Doug "Moose" McCrae Story about an ex-football playing bouncer and "fixer" living in Los Angeles. Brown has also written short stories that have appeared in Out of the Gutter Online and in two Palos Verdes library anthologies. He has also written, recorded and performed an audio children's book, KANU…A Boy's Journey. He currently teaches drums, is a personal trainer and he and his wife enjoy sunny-living in Los Angeles.

In its ninth year 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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