New from Down & Out Books: VELVET ELVIS by Greg F. Gifune

TAMPA, Fla. - Oct. 18, 2021 - PRLog -- Down & Out Books is pleased to announce that VELVET ELVIS by Greg F. Gifune has been published on October 18, 2021 in trade paperback and ebook formats. A limited edition hardcover is also available to purchase exclusively from the Down & Out Bookstore.


Sonny Cantone is having a really bad day. He's broke. His girlfriend left him. He drinks more than he should and smokes a lot of pot. And now some lunatic stole his car. As an ex-con with little experience in anything other than criminal enterprises and bad decisions, Sonny's job prospects are not looking good, even in the middle of a blistering summer in the little Cape Cod tourist trap town he calls home. Worse still, he's sleeping with a shady stripper that works as an informant for a dirty cop that hates him and has a penchant for extreme violence. So when Sonny's partner in crime and stoner buddy Crash offers to bring him in on a caper that promises to yield some quick money, he has to listen. But nothing has prepared Sonny for the vortex of mayhem and madness he's about to fall into.

In a cloud of marijuana smoke, he and Crash descend into the hot summer night, on the run from an array of crazed characters populating the darkest and seediest corners of Cape Cod after dark. And now, what seemed like an easy score turns instead into a surreal nightmare both horrific and darkly hilarious. Sonny just wants to get home, but it'll take all night—this night—a crazy night that just keeps getting crazier, and one he'll need to make right before things spiral so far out of control they'll never get out alive.

Sonny Cantone is having a really bad day. Wait until he sees the next twenty-four hours.

Meet the author …

Greg F. Gifune is a bestselling, internationally-published author of several acclaimed novels, novellas and two short story collections. Working predominantly in the horror and crime genres, his work has been translated into several languages, received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and others, and is consistently praised by readers and critics alike. A feature film based on his horror novel Long After Dark is set to go into production in 2021. Greg resides in Massachusetts with his wife and two English Labrador Retrievers, Dozer and Dudley.

In its twelfth 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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