New from Down & Out Books: A PLACE FOR SNAKES TO BREED by Patrick Michael Finn

TAMPA, Fla. - June 7, 2021 - PRLog -- Down & Out Books is pleased to announce that A PLACE FOR SNAKES TO BREED by Patrick Michael Finn has been published on June 7, 2021 in trade paperback and ebook formats.


The desert spares no souls.

Set in the scorched and unforgiving deserts of the American Southwest, A Place for Snakes to Breed follows Weldon Holt's desperate search for his daughter Tammy, who is lost in the vicious landscape of interstate truck stop prostitution and its nightworlds "where the fruit of human trade is harvested by razor blades and cheap pistols."

Weldon Holt knows these brutal roadways all too well. As an over-the-road truck driver he was once ruined by liquor and methedrine, and he vanished from his daughter's life. After a brief reconnection some fifteen years later, his daughter vanishes from his. Now, returning to the same roads that nearly killed him, Weldon must protect the sobriety he's maintained for over a decade as Tammy does her best to lay her own life to ruin. The violence of temptation does battle with Weldon's urgency to find and save Tammy at every mile marker he passes.

The character of time is devoured as Tammy descends into her journey of hellish self-destruction and agony, where the threat of death thrums in every motel room she visits and in every hitchhiked ride she takes. Her body and spirit deteriorate in the pollution of alcohol and cheap stimulants as she escapes into a vaporous version of herself where no real self remains.


"This is the world of a gifted writer who knows that the impoverished, the defective, and the hopeless is as complex as that of the upper-class characters that populate so much best-selling drivel." —Ron Cooper, author of All My Sins Remembered

"With its beautifully raw, terse, prose and hard-driving themes, A Place for Snakes to Breed is the type of novel that brings new hope for American letters." —Joseph D. Haske, author of North Dixie Highway

Meet the author …

Patrick Michael Finn is the author of the novella A Martyr for Suzy Kosasovich and the story collection From the Darkness Right Under Our Feet. He lives in Mesa, Arizona with his wife, poet Valerie Bandura, and their son.

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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