New from Down & Out Books: BAY OF MARTYRS by Tony Black and Matt Neal

TAMPA, Fla. - Nov. 8, 2021 - PRLog -- Down & Out Books is pleased to announce that BAY OF MARTYRS by Tony Black and Matt Neal has been published on November 8, 2021 in trade paperback and ebook formats.


Clay Moloney, a cynical reporter with a regional Australian newspaper, is expecting an easy Sunday at work when the body of a young woman washes up at the Bay of Martyrs. The death is an inconvenience for Clay, who's content filing obituaries and re-writing government press releases on the new multi-million-dollar airport.

But the more he digs into the Bay of Martyrs incident, the more he realises the girl's death is not a case of misadventure, despite what the police tell him. Clay becomes obsessed with the murder investigation, putting himself and his colleague Bec, an Irish-born photographer, in danger. Will Clay achieve justice for the young student, or will those in power stop him before he uncovers the truth?

Master of "tartan noir" Tony Black collaborates with Australian author and reporter Matt Neal to create a thrilling criminal case of murder and corruption set on Australia's south coast.

Praise for BAY OF MARTYRS …

"This is one hell of a read. Two authors is a tricky gig and most times results in a desultory effect. But here are two writers so in sync that it is seamless. A get-in-yer-face, down and dynamic read that grips and enthrals. Tony Black at the very height of his terrific talent and now with a double act to enrich his solid rep." —Ken Bruen, author of The Guards and Priest

"Bay of Martyrs is a piece of perfectly-crafted Australian coastal noir, from the body on the remote beach that sparks journalist Clay Moloney's obsession, to the cast of bent cops, developers and a politician on the make. A dark gem from the first wave of Aussie mysteries that's sweeping the world." —Jock Serong, author of The Rules of Backyard Cricket and On Java Ridge

"This was a great read. Really cool, interesting and unusual locales, with a fast-paced thriller narrative and some very sexy lead characters. Highly recommended." —Tony Cavanaugh, author of Promise and Dead Girl Sing

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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