New from Down & Out Books: SHEEHAN'S DOG by Les Roberts

TAMPA, Fla. - March 1, 2022 - PRLog -- Down & Out Books is pleased to announce that SHEEHAN'S DOG, a crime thriller by Les Roberts, has been published on February 28, 2022 in trade paperback and ebook formats.


Former Irish mafia hitman Brock Sheehan lives quietly on a boat fifty miles from Cleveland. His "retirement" angered the mob boss and his former job caused the Sheehan family to disown him. But when his long-lost nephew, Linus Callahan, tracks him down and asks him for assistance, he agrees to help.

A few days earlier, the nephew got into a push-and-shove bar argument with a multimillion-dollar basketball player just released from prison for running a high-level dog-fighting ring. Then the athlete is murdered, and Linus becomes the Cleveland police department's "person of interest." So while Brock Sheehan asks questions regarding the illegal dogfight community, the athlete's crazed fans subject him and his live-in girlfriend to a beating, and rapes one of his co-workers at the local animal shelter.

In his travels all over NE Ohio, Brock finds himself in Youngstown where he discovers the woman he's loved all his life, Arizona Skye, who walked out on him years ago and disappeared because of his violent profession. Now she works as a TV news reporter in Youngstown and he hopes to somehow rekindle that love from ten years ago.

Investigating the athlete's former dogfight ring, Brock gets most unpleasant with the remaining partner—and winds up with a pit bull of his own, which he names Conor, after an Irish saint. And eventually, with Conor's instincts, he discovers and turns over to the police the real killer of the dog-killer turned sports legend.

Meet the author …

Les Roberts came to mystery writing by winning the very first "First Private Eye Novel" Contest, which gave him his literary start. Sheehan's Dog is his thirty-second published book. Prior to that, he worked in Los Angeles for a quarter of a century, writing and/or producing more than 2500 half hours of network and syndicated television. A Chicago native, he has lived for the past 31 years in Northeast Ohio.

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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