New from Down & Out Books: BEYOND TWISTED SORROW by Jay A. Gertzman

TAMPA, Fla. - Oct. 17, 2022 - PRLog -- Down & Out Books is pleased to announce that BEYOND TWISTED SORROW: The Promise of Country Noir by Jay A. Gertzman has been published on October 17, 2022 in trade paperback and ebook formats.


Twentieth-century mass produced pulp crime usually ends with the protagonists unable to rid themselves of the presence of forces that inhibit professional or emotional growth. Stoic perseverance is often their acknowledgement of the power of fate.

The diverse, still-emerging genre of Country (or Redneck, Ridgerunner, or Ozark) noir is marked by protagonists who have an instinct for community as a coherent territory and recreate the possibly self-destructive but stubbornly self-assertive traits that characterized what Greil Marcus called "the old, weird America."

Rural fiction's protagonists struggle to replace a set of convictions which no longer sustain community or family. Often enough, their struggles produce a generational survival of perseverance, family and clan mutuality, the need for passing tough tests, and spirituality. They often wind up "far from the twisted reach of crazy sorrow" (Dylan's "Tambourine Man").

Meet the author(s) …

Jay Gertzman has written on the distribution and censorship of erotic literature, the publisher Samuel Roth's unauthorized editions of Lady Chatterley's Lover and Ulysses, the publishing history of Chatterley, and the crime novels of David Goodis. His Pulp According to David Goodis was nominated for a 2019 Anthony Award in the category Best Critical or Non-Fiction Work. He has published on Western crime fiction in Paperback Parade, Mystery Readers Journal, Tough (website), Down & Out Books Newsletter, and

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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