Coming in June from Down & Out Books: THE BLUES DON'T CARE by Paul D. Marks

TAMPA, Fla. - Feb. 19, 2020 - PRLog -- Down & Out Books is pleased to announce that THE BLUES DON'T CARE by Paul D. Marks will be published on June 1, 2020 in trade paperback and ebook formats.


Bobby Saxon lives in a world that isn't quite ready for him. He's the only white musician in an otherwise all-black swing band at the famous Club Alabam in Los Angeles during World War II—and that isn't the only unique thing about him...

And if that isn't enough to deal with, in order to get a permanent gig with the band, Bobby must first solve a murder that one of the band members is falsely accused of in that racially prejudiced society.

Advance praise for THE BLUES DON'T CARE …

"Paul D. Marks finds new gold in 40s' L.A. noir while exploring prejudices in race, culture, and sexual identity. He has an eye for the telling detail, and an ear that captures the music in the dialogue of the times. He is one helluva writer." —Michael Sears, award-winning author of Tower of Babel and the Jason Stafford series

"There are all the essential elements for an engrossing read: good guys, bad guys, gangsters and crooked policemen, and through it all, an extremely well written sense of believable realism." —Discovering Diamonds Reviews

"This story was a breath of fresh air, set in a familiar period, thanks to Sunday afternoon TV movies. Which means the author had to get his world-building right. The good news is—he did, and did it very well indeed." —Discovering Diamonds Reviews

"With World War II era Los Angeles as the backdrop Paul D. Marks paints a gritty picture with a tense story and takes on tough subject matters all while keeping the gas pedal to the floor of the mystery. Simply Superb!" —Jonathan Brown author of the Lou Crasher and Doug "Moose" McCrae series

Meet the author …

Paul D. Marks has written five novels, co-edited two anthologies and written countless short stories. He's won a Shamus Award, was voted #1 in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine's 2016 Reader's Choice Award and been nominated for Anthony, Macavity and Derringer Awards. Paul has served on the boards of the Los Angeles chapters of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America.

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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