New from Down & Out Books: ROUGHHOUSE by Jeffery Hess

TAMPA, Fla. - May 10, 2021 - PRLog -- Down & Out Books is pleased to announce that ROUGHHOUSE, the third and final thriller in the Scotland Ross trilogy by Jeffery Hess, has been published on May 10, 2021 in trade paperback and ebook formats.


It's August 1986. The Cold War rages and Yuppies make all the money. Fresh off a three-year stretch at Starke for keeping Pearce family secrets, Scotland has a new place to call home on Fort Myers Beach. All should be perfect except Scotland's wife is going to die unless he comes up with $100,000.

He enlists a trusted friend to help him rob a Tampa casino to pay for her unconventional treatment. While freely risking life in prison if he's caught, he never thought his trusted accomplice could go rogue and turn against him. On top of that, his long-lost nieces come to him in need of help only he can provide, while a mysterious female former Marine has her own surprise plan for him.

Scotland hurtles through his new-found freedom right back into a storm of violence and pain with strong women and treacherous men gusting in all directions. Without him, the women would be doomed; without them, he would be. Yet, success and failure are put to the biggest challenge by an unsettled score from the past that threatens to bury them all in the surf.

Advance praise for ROUGHHOUSE …

"Roughhouse pummels Scotland Ross as he fights his way through heartache, betrayal, shifting family loyalties and unbreakable family bonds, all set against a backdrop of bullets and cash, salt and sun, the best that Florida has to offer." —Steph Post, author of Miraculum

"Tense, gritty, emotional. Roughhouse carves a fitting end for the unbreakable Scotland, who, like the 80s itself, ain't accepting fate easy." —James R. Duncan, author of Blood Republic

"Edgy, rich and excessively smart, Roughhouse might be that rare third element of the trilogy, even better than its predecessors. Constantly entertaining and, even better, always artful." – Fred G. Leebron, author of Six Figures

Meet the author …

Jeffery Hess is the author of the novels Roughhouse, Tushhog, Beachhead, No Salvation and the short-story collection Cold War Canoe Club as well as the editor of the award-winning Home of the Brave anthologies. He lives in Florida, where he leads the DD-214 Writers' Workshop for military veterans and their dependents.

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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