New from Down & Out Books: CANARY IN THE COAL MINE by Charles Salzberg

TAMPA, Fla. - April 18, 2022 - PRLog -- Down & Out Books is pleased to announce that CANARY IN THE COAL MINE, crime novel by Charles Salzberg, has been published on April 18, 2022 in trade paperback and ebook formats.


Pete Fortunato, a New York City PI who suffers from anger management issues and insomnia, wakes up one day with a bad taste in his mouth. When he arrives in his "office," a desk in back of a friend's real estate office, he's hired by a beautiful woman to find her husband, dead or alive. He successfully completes his job in a couple days—he finds her husband shot dead in the apartment of her young, stud boyfriend—only to find that his client's check bounces. This is only the beginning of a nightmare that gets him in trouble with the Albanian mob and sends him half-way across the country in an attempt to find money which can save his life.


"A terrific old-school crime novel with a machine gun pace. It delivers style and satisfaction on every page." —Peter Blauner, New York Times bestselling author

"Charles Salzberg has created a fantastic literary PI: Pete Fortunato. Rash, blunt and prone to violence, you can't help but turn the page to see what Fortunato will do next. Canary in the Coal Mine is great!" —James O. Born, New York Times bestselling author

Meet the author …

Charles Salzberg is a freelance writer who has lived in New York City his whole life. He is a former magazine journalist who's written for New York magazine, Esquire, The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, Redbook and other periodicals. He is the author of over two dozen nonfiction books. His first novel, Swann's Last Song, was nominated for a Shamus Award. In addition to the Swann series, he is author of Devil in the Hole, named one of the best crime novels of 2013 by Suspense magazine, Second Story Man, winner of the Beverly Hills Book Award and nominated for a Shamus Award and the David Award, and he has novellas in the collections Triple Shot, Three Strikes and Third Degree. He teaches writing at the New York Writers Workshop, where he is a Founding Member, and is on the Board of MWA-NY.

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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