Coming in November from Down & Out Books: THE UNKNOWING by Trey R. Barker

TAMPA, Fla. - Sept. 10, 2019 - PRLog -- Down & Out Books is pleased to announce that THE UNKNOWING, a crime novel by Trey R. Barker, will be published on November 11, 2019 in trade paperback and ebook formats.


Runaway. Victim of domestic battery. An older, married boyfriend. Pregnant. And ultimately, dead and forgotten in a cornfield.

For Sheriff's Deputy Wes Spahn, this isn't just another case. For Spahn, this case will have too many emotional similarities to his first case as a detective, similarities that will leave him questioning everything.

The Unknowing winds around like the rows of the cornfield in which Suzanne Margaret Haas was found, moving inexorably through false leads and empty clues, from incorrect identifications to bad suspects.

Advance praise for THE UNKNOWING …

"Part elegy, part police procedural, with a sprinkle of gallows cop shop banter and a splash of country noir, The Unknowing is a heartfelt new entry in the dark and dangerous public blotter of Barkerville." —Sean Doolittle, Thriller Award-winning author of Lake Country

"Trey R. Barker is one of the most lyrical writers of crime fiction around, and his noir police procedural The Unknowing is no exception. His solid character development, combined with his polished prose, races to a surprising finale which makes us ponder whether Sheriff's Deputy Wes Spahn ran the case or the case ran him." —Libby Fischer Hellmann, author of the Georgia Davis PI Series

Meet the author …

Trey R. Barker is the author of the Jace Salome novels, as well as the Barefield Trilogy. He also wrote No Harder Prison, The Cancer Chronicles, and Hostage, as well as hundreds of short stories spanning every genre from horror to crime. Once a journalist, Barker is now a patrol sergeant with the Bureau County Sheriff's Office in north-central Illinois.

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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