Coming in May from Down & Out Books: PUSHING WATER by Dana King

TAMPA, Fla. - Feb. 13, 2020 - PRLog -- Down & Out Books is pleased to announce that PUSHING WATER, the 5th Penns River Crime Novel by Dana King, will be published on May 4, 2020 in trade paperback and ebook formats.


Just because Penns River is an economic backwater doesn't mean it's immune from current events. An active shooter at a local discount department store leaves several people dead and the shooter in the wind. Maybe. It's hard to say as the man arrested at the scene definitely shot someone but claims to be a Good Guy with a Gun.

Meanwhile, a Canadian fugitive lands in town and pulls a job to tide him over while his cache of cash makes its way across the border. He and his partner—a local just dumb enough to serve a purpose—see an opportunity and begin a robbery spree while the police focus on clearing the mass shooting.

The usual small-town hijinks still go on: There's a robbery in the new strip club, an old woman wanders off, a domestic situation that starts as an argument over cookies turns violent, and the widower of a past victim needs attention. The Canadian Mountie who came to town hunting the fugitive may be helpful or more trouble than he's worth.

Penns River's economic status may be static, but the level of mayhem seems only to increase.

Meet the author …

Dana King writes the Penns River series of novels, of which Pushing Water is the fifth. His Nick Forte private investigator series has earned two Shamus Award nominations from the Private Eye Writers of America, for A Small Sacrifice and The Man in the Window. His work has appeared in the anthologies The Black Car Business, Unloaded 2, The Shamus Sampler 2, and Blood, Guts, and Whiskey. He is a member of the International Thriller Writers, Private Eye Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime.

In its tenth 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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