New from Down & Out Books: LAWYERS, GUNS, AND MONEY edited by Libby Cudmore and Art Taylor

TAMPA, Fla. - June 13, 2022 - PRLog -- Down & Out Books is pleased to announce that LAWYERS, GUNS, AND MONEY: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Music of Warren Zevon edited by Libby Cudmore and Art Taylor has been published on June 13, 2022 in trade paperback and ebook formats.


From classics like "Werewolves of London," "Excitable Boy," and "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner" to lesser-known gems across a career spanning nearly four decades, the songs of Warren Zevon are rich with crime and intrigue and suspense—guns and gunners, assassins and drug dealers, a supernatural serial killer, and a heap of hapless losers along the way too. And Zevon himself was a fan of crime fiction, especially the work of iconic mystery writer Ross Macdonald, to whom Zevon dedicated his 1980 album Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School.

In Lawyers, Guns, and Money, fifteen fantastic writers—avid fans of Zevon's genius—offer fresh spins on his discography with tales that span the mystery genre: caper, espionage, noir, paranormal, private eye, and more.

Contributors include Gray Basnight, William Boyle, Dana Cameron, Libby Cudmore, Hilary Davidson, Steve Liskow, Nick Mamatas, Paul D. Marks, Matthew Quinn Martin, Josh Pachter, Charles Salzberg, Laura Ellen Scott, Alex Segura, Kevin Burton Smith, and Brian Thornton.

Meet the editors …

Libby Cudmore is the author of the hipster mystery The Big Rewind (William Morrow, 2016) and the Martin Wade PI series at Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. Her work has appeared in Tough, The Big Click, Big Lucks, Stoneslide Collective and the anthologies Hanzai Japan, Welcome Home, Mixed Up and A Beast Without A Name: Stories Inspired By The Music of Steely Dan. She is an associate editor at Rock & a Hard Place.

Art Taylor is the author of The Boy Detective & The Summer of '74 and Other Tales of Suspense. His fiction has won the Edgar, Agatha, Anthony, Macavity Awards, and Derringer Awards, and he has previous edited Murder Under the Oaks: Bouchercon Anthology 2015, winner of the Anthony Award for Best Anthology or Collection, and California Schemin': Bouchercon Anthology 2020. He is an associate professor of English at George Mason University.

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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