New from Shotgun Honey: 40 NICKELS, a Carnegie Fitch Mystery Fiasco by R. Daniel Lester

TAMPA, Fla. - Aug. 30, 2019 - PRLog -- Down & Out Books is pleased to announce that 40 NICKELS, the second Carnegie Fitch Mystery Fiasco by R. Daniel Lester, has been published by its imprint Shotgun Honey on August 30, 2019 in trade paperback and ebook formats.

About 40 NICKELS …

Carnegie Fitch can be called a lot of things. Ambitious is not one of them.

Months after escaping death in the circus ring at the hands of the Dead Clowns and the feet of a stampeding elephant, he is no longer a half-assed private eye with an office and no license, but instead a half-assed tow truck driver without either. Still, he manages to find ample time to drink lots of diner coffee, hang with fellow down-and-out diner denizens and have all those shiny daydreams about landing that BIG CASE.

Well, careful what you wish for, Fitch.

Praise for 40 NICKELS …

"Full of kooky phantasmagoric imagery and the blackest diner coffee this side of three a.m. 40 Nickels is worth every penny." —J.D. Graves, Editor-in-Chief, Econoclash Revue

"Lester's tale takes you right into the back alleys of post-war Vancouver, where you might end up chasing The Sacred Glow, and just when you think you got lucky, daddio, you end up on your back, with a new set of choppers." —Scotch Rutherford, Managing Editor, Switchblade

Meet the author …

R. Daniel Lester writes into the void. Sometimes the void wins. Other times the words win. Over the years, his work has appeared in multiple publications, including Shotgun Honey, Bareknuckles Pulp, The Flash Fiction Offensive, Switchblade, Retreats from Oblivion and the clown noir anthology, Greasepaint & 45s. His novella, Dead Clown Blues, was nominated by the Crime Writers of Canada for a 2018 Arthur Ellis Award. Previously a longtime Vancouver resident, he currently lives in Toronto with his spouse and daughter. The battle with the void continues daily.

Established in 2011, Shotgun Honey (, an imprint of Down & Out Books, came onto the scene to provide readers with a regular diet of flash crime fiction. Living by the simple tenet of keeping it lean and mean, over 800 stories from more than 400 authors from around the world have been published to date.

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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