New from Down & Out Books: MADNESS OF THE Q, a Sam Teagarden Thriller by Gray Basnight

TAMPA, Fla. - Dec. 14, 2020 - PRLog -- Down & Out Books is pleased to announce that MADNESS OF THE Q, the second Sam Teagarden thriller by Gray Basnight, has been published on December 14, 2020 in trade paperback and ebook formats.


Deadly drones, religious fanatics, flash-mob suicide, an ex-Mossad hitman hired by the Vatican, a Mediterranean cruise, and a newly unearthed manuscript dating to the first century creation of Christianity all collide in this new political thriller.

Mathematics professor Sam Teagarden is plunged into an epidemic of religious-based bloodshed on a mission to help resolve a crisis alternating between suicidal cults and homicidal extremists. One faction threatens mass suicide to ensure global publication; the other will murder to prevent the decoded document from being released.

The ancient encrypted parchment is dubbed the Q Document for the German word quelle, which means source. It may be the original source for two of the four Gospels—Matthew and Luke, and could shed new, unsettling light on the origin of the world's most widely observed religious faith.

Partnered with both FBI and CIA agents, Teagarden quickly finds himself alone and entangled in a crucible of violence where it's impossible to know who to trust or what is real danger versus paranoia. Working both ends against the middle, he struggles to survive a journey from New York to Israel and Rome, and finally Berlin.

Advance praise for MADNESS OF THE Q …

"Madness of the Q is a wild and breathless pursuit with Sam Teagarden on the run, desperate to connect with the right people and evade the wrong ones from New York to Israel to Italy to Germany in a non-stop plot that reminds us of Dan Brown, Ludlum, Fleming, and maybe even a bit of Umberto Eco." —Thomas Perry, author of The Butcher's Boy, The Burglar, and A Small Town

"This would make for an exciting movie in the Dan Brown genre. It's a thrilling story that you'll be glued to from start to finish!" —Brenda Repland, Eyes on World Cultures

Meet the author …

After almost three decades in broadcast news, Gray Basnight now writes fiction. His books cross several genres and feature a range of voices and characters. Originally from Richmond, Virginia, he has lived in New York long enough to consider himself a native.

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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