New from Down & Out Books: SUICIDE BLONDE by Brian Thornton

TAMPA, Fla. - Oct. 19, 2020 - PRLog -- Down & Out Books is pleased to announce that SUICIDE BLONDE: Three Novellas by Brian Thornton has been published on October 19, 2020 in trade paperback and ebook formats.


Three Stories. Three Eras. Three Crimes.

A 1960s mob fixer is drawn into a Vegas fix that might just put the fix on him. Dead Chinese immigrants wash up on the beaches of 1889 Seattle and one government official refuses to look the other way. An Italian ex-galley slave, sometime thief, and full-time rogue masterminds a one-of-its kind jail break in 1581 Constantinople.


"Brian Thornton's trio of historical novellas—Suicide Blonde—affirms his status as a star of the genre. A true wordsmith, Thornton paints rich, evocative portraits of early 1960s Las Vegas mobsters, nineteenth-century Pacific Northwest racial strife, and sixteenth-century Venetian maritime adventures. These novellas brim with characters full of life and personality, and the storytelling transports the reader to fascinating—and dangerous—times. Top-drawer stuff." —James W. Ziskin, Anthony and Macavity Award-winning author of the Ellie Stone mysteries

"Evoking Dashiell Hammett and Phillip Kerr, Suicide Blonde conjures a world of pulp adventure and hardboiled grit. From the Vegas Strip to the Mediterranean, this trio of historical crime tales surges with period precision and Black Mask-worthy thrills. Thornton delivers." —Sam Wiebe, award-winning author of Invisible Dead and Last of the Independents

"A trio of tales that span the globe and the centuries, each one told with a historian's eye for detail and a storyteller's gift for pacing. Suicide Blonde is not to be missed." —Renee Patrick, Anthony and Macavity Award-nominated author of Design For Dying and Script For Scandal

Meet the author …

Brian Thornton is the author of eleven books and a whole bunch of short stories. 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. Find out what he's up to at

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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