Coming in March from Down & Out Books: THE LANTERN MAN by Jon Bassoff

TAMPA, Fla. - Dec. 17, 2019 - PRLog -- Down & Out Books is pleased to announce that THE LANTERN MAN by Jon Bassoff will be published on March 9, 2020 in trade paperback and ebook formats.


Shortly after her brother, Stormy, is convicted of the brutal murder of a classmate, seventeen-year-old Lizzy Greiner is found dead in an abandoned mountain shack, the result of an apparent suicide by fire. Next to Lizzy's charred body, investigators find several of her journals, safely stored inside a fireproof box. It soon becomes evident that these journals contain a narrative that Lizzy wanted the police read, the truth that she wanted them to know.

Advance praise for THE LANTERN MAN …

"A landmark novel that will make you wonder, marvel, and remember." —James Grady, author of Six Days of the Condor

"Jon Bassoff masterfully blurs the lines between genres by creating a hellish hall of competing mirrors, each holding its own twisted version of the truth." —Lynn Kostoff, author of A Choice of Nightmares

Bassoff weaves a creepy tale through a series of mediums: a girl's diary, police transcripts, a detective's notes, newspaper articles, letters, photos, and sketches. The result is an exceptionally creative, compelling, and dark whodunit." —Carter Wilson, USA Today bestselling author

"A brilliant—and terrifying—puzzle-box narrative that dares you to keep reading. It's the kind of book that you better cancel any plans you might have before you start." —Rob Hart, author of The Warehouse

"Part memoir, part case file and completely absorbing, The Lantern Man is a compelling pastiche on the verge of madness." —Craig Johnson, author of the Walt Longmire mysteries

"A genre-bending novel—an original, captivating mystery that might pave the way we write crime fiction forever." —Jax Miller, author of Freedom's Child

Meet the author …

Jon Bassoff was born in 1974 in New York City and currently lives with his family in a ghost town somewhere in Colorado. His mountain gothic novel, Corrosion, has been translated in French and German and was nominated for the Grand Prix de Litterature Policiere, France's biggest crime fiction award. For his day job, Bassoff teaches high school English where he is known by students and faculty alike as the deranged writer guy. He is a connoisseur of tequila, hot sauces, psychobilly music, and flea-bag motels. The Lantern Man is his seventh novel.

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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