Coming in October from Down & Out Books: A BEAST WITHOUT A NAME edited by Brian Thornton

TAMPA, Fla. - Oct. 2, 2019 - PRLog -- Down & Out Books is pleased to announce that A BEAST WITHOUT A NAME: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Music of Steely Dan, an anthology edited by Brian Thornton will be published on October 28, 2019 in trade paperback and ebook formats.


Think you can't buy a thrill? This book proves you wrong.

Katy lied.

Or did she?

As with the blues and Elvis and somebody else's favorite song, it's open to interpretation.

These twelve tales interpret shady pasts, dubious presents, and doomed futures. There's no hiding inside a hall of rock and sand from stories as deliciously wicked and terrifically twisty as the jazz-rock noir that inspired them.

These masters of crime fiction heard the call and wrote it on the wall for you and me.

As they name the beast, they make alive worldly wonders in characters you've known for decades through the hypnotically woven tapestries of Steely Dan, destined to live on as indelibly as the hallucinatory memories in the caves of Altamira.

Edited by Brian Thornton with stories by Steve Brewer, W.H. Cameron, Reed Farrel Coleman, Libby Cudmore, Aaron Erickson, Naomi Hirahara, Matthew Quinn Martin, Richie Narvaez, Kat Richardson, Peter Spiegelman, Jim Thomsen, and Jim Winter.

Meet the editor …

Brian Thornton is the author of eleven books and a whole bunch of short stories. His collection of three novellas, Suicide Blonde, is due out from Down & Out Books in late 2019. He does all of his own stunts, loves singing in the car with his son and the color blue, and lives in Seattle, where he is currently serving his third term as Northwest Chapter president for the Mystery Writers of America.

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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