Coming in September from Down & Out Books: DEEP RED COVER by Joel W. Barrows

TAMPA, Fla. - Aug. 18, 2020 - PRLog -- Down & Out Books is pleased to announce that DEEP RED COVER by Joel W. Barrows will be published on September 21, 2020 in trade paperback and ebook formats.


The body of young Tommy Rutledge is found washed up on the shores of Lake Wappapello, his throat cut. The deceased was known to have ties to the Ozark Militia. There are few clues, and the trail begins to grow cold for Investigator Morgan Kern of the Missouri Highway Patrol.

At the same time, the militia movement is exploding in America, populated by some who simply believe strongly in their Second Amendment rights, but also by those with more nefarious purposes. ATF has become increasingly concerned about these groups and the threat they pose. When an informant tells agents of possible illegal weapons trafficking by the Ozark Militia, Special Agent David Ward is tasked with going undercover to find the truth.

The paths of Kern and Ward will intersect in a way that neither could have imagined.

Deep Red Cover is book #3 in the Deep Cover series, following Ward's debut adventure in Deep White Cover and #2 in the series, Deep Green Cover.

Advance praise for DEEP RED COVER …

"Deep, dark and authentic. Great characters. Great read." —Colin Campbell, author of the Jim Grant thrillers

Meet the author …

Joel Barrows is an Iowa district court judge who regularly oversees both criminal and civil trials. Prior to his appointment to the bench he was a practicing attorney for nearly twenty-three years; the last eighteen of those spent as a state, and then federal, prosecutor. He holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in History, a Law degree from Drake University Law School, and a Master of Laws in International and Comparative Law with distinction from Georgetown University Law Center. He has traveled extensively in Central America. He lives with his family in eastern Iowa along the banks of the Mississippi.

(The views expressed in this novel are those of Joel W. Barrows alone and do not reflect those of the Iowa Judicial Branch.)

In its eleventh 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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