New from Down & Out Books: BENEATH THE BLACK PALMS, Stories by Nolan Knight

TAMPA, Fla. - Sept. 26, 2022 - PRLog -- Down & Out Books is pleased to announce that BENEATH THE BLACK PALMS by Nolan Knight has been published on September 26, 2002 in trade paperback and ebook formats.


Beneath the Black Palms lurks the other side of living.

Los Angeles—the siren, the beast—is the central antagonist within these eleven masterful, stylistically-diverse short stories. Nolan Knight maneuvers the City to destroy with open arms, its warm torments ushered for lonesome dreamers, outcasts, squares, con men and have-nots. A couple on the run fouls-up by taking refuge in a Mid-City roach motel; a gambler scrambles to save his life through a gauntlet of loan sharks; a young gang member's dream of becoming a famous T.V. chef are dashed by turf warfare; these sordid tales and more await.

Come for the sunshine, stay for the dread. No one is spared Beneath the Black Palms, the most unforgettable short story collection in recent years.

Praise for Nolan Knight …

"Unapologetically confrontational, grimly poignant; a gritty depiction of LA vice and vicissitude."Kirkus Reviews, for Beneath the Black Palms

"Knight's slangy prose is a perfect fit for characters whose dreams die slowly or explosively."Publishers Weekly

"High action. Very fast paced. A great read. Highly Recommended." —S.W. Lauden, author of Bad Citizen Corporation, Grizzly Season and Hang Time

"Hardboiled as all get out—no noir devotee will want to." —Barry Gifford

Meet the author …

Nolan Knight is the author of The Neon Lights Are Veins, a fourth generation Angeleno and former staff writer for Los Angeles' Biggest Music Publication, the L.A. Record. His short fiction has been featured in various publications including Akashic Books, Thuglit, Crimespree Magazine, Shotgun Honey, Tough and Needle. He lives in Long Beach.

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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