New from Down & Out Books: IT'S UGLY BECAUSE IT'S PERSONAL by Ryan Sayles

TAMPA, Fla. - March 16, 2021 - PRLog -- Down & Out Books is pleased to announce that IT'S UGLY BECAUSE IT'S PERSONAL, a crime novel by Ryan Sayles, has been published on March 15, 2021 in trade paperback and ebook formats.


In the city of Carcasa, gunshots devastate the night as a patrol officer makes a traffic stop. The occupants—three dealers caught in the act of muling—set into motion a course of actions that can only end badly. Now, one is dead, another fleeing on foot and the third tearing through neighborhoods in a bumper car-style chase. Furious, grief-stricken officers on their heels with their brother fighting for his life on the side of a road.

The shooter escapes, and the PD begins their hunt to find the shooter before he lucks out, fades into memory. With what information they have, they dig; the dirt that is the shooter's life getting thrown over their shoulders by the shovel-full. Family, friends, employment, any avenue of refuge for him begins to burn. Things get complicated along the way. The kind of complicated that goes into a body bag. The art of flushing out the enemy is a sacred practice, best done with smoldering rage.

But, after a man has nowhere to hide, having him out in the open might be worse.

Advance praise for IT'S UGLY BECAUSE IT'S PERSONAL …

"Ryan Sayles is putting it out there and showcasing a side of the life most of us rarely see. More than an important story, it's a grand design, and a book I believe the world needs to read." —Beau Johnson, author of All of Them to Burn

"In his no-holds-barred style, Sayles is gritty and real…like a punch to the head." —Joel W. Barrows, author of the Deep Cover Thrillers

"Tough as nails. Real as hell." —Colin Campbell, author of the Jim Grant Thrillers

Meet the author …

Ryan Sayles is the Derringer-nominated author of the Richard Dean Buckner hard-boiled PI series as well as the standalone novels Goldfinches and Together They Were Crimson. He was the editor of the clown-themed anthology Greasepaint & .45s and has been included in numerous others.

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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