New from Down & Out Books: BECAUSE THE NIGHT by James D.F. Hannah

TAMPA, Fla. - June 19, 2023 - PRLog -- Down & Out Books is pleased to announce that BECAUSE THE NIGHT, a Henry Malone novel by James D.F. Hannah, has been published on June 19, 2023 in trade paperback and ebook formats.


Backed with campaign funds from the owner of the local strip club, ex-state trooper and recovering alcoholic Henry Malone's running for sheriff. But because he can't say no to a bad idea, he also agrees to look for a pregnant woman's missing ex-con boyfriend. With his well-armed AA sponsor Woody in tow, Henry's search for the boyfriend soon connects with a homicide investigation run by Lt. Jackie Hall—probably the last cop in West Virginia who still likes Henry.

A violent confrontation leaves Jackie near-death and Henry determined to find justice. Except vengeance isn't simple for Henry, especially when an old enemy appears out of nowhere, more bodies stack up, and a series of betrayals and double crosses climax with a morning assault on a farm house that pits Henry and Woody against a deadly band of criminals with nothing to lose.

Advance praise for BECAUSE THE NIGHT …

"Henry Malone deserves to be up there with Matt Scudder and Harry Hole among our best, funniest, toughest detectives, and James D. F. Hannah is among our best chroniclers of America's sketchy underside." —Nick Kolakowski, author of Love & Bullets

"James D.F. Hannah delivers another dose of heart, humor, and haymakers to the Henry Malone series with Because the Night, leaving us clawing at the pages, and proving why he's one of the best writers working today." —Eryk Pruitt, author of Something Bad Wrong

"In Because the Night, James Hannah has brewed the perfect pot of West Virginia action, humor, sarcasm, lust, violence, and rat-a-tat dialogue. His colorful characters pop off the page, so thank goodness Henry Malone is back, because someone's gotta protect and suffer for the sins of the rest of us." —Charles Salzberg, multiple Shamus Award-nominated author

Meet the author …

JAMES D.F. HANNAH is the Shamus Award-winning author of the Henry Malone novels, as well as the novel The Righteous Path. A native of eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia, Hannah was an award-winning former journalist and columnist before moving into governmental public relations. He lives with entirely too many cats in Louisville, Kentucky.

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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