New from Down & Out Books: A SEMBLANCE OF CONTROL by Mark T. Conard

TAMPA, Fla. - June 26, 2023 - PRLog -- Down & Out Books is pleased to announce that A SEMBLANCE OF CONTROL, a crime thriller by Mark T. Conard, has been published on June 26, 2023 in trade paperback and ebook formats.


One night, helping out a friend, Jake Micallef does a little breaking-and-entering and stumbles upon a plot to assassinate his estranged brother, who just happens to be the Mayor of New York City.

As Jake wrestles with that bombshell, another one walks straight into his life: Marcie Yates. Marcie eerily resembles Jake's old girlfriend, the woman who helped his brother tear his world apart. Jake desperately latches onto Marcie, hoping she can fix his shattered life, and allow him to let go of all that hate and forgive his brother.

But when thugs kidnap Marcie to keep Jake from interfering in the assassination plot, he has no choice but to track down the conspirators, only to discover he's fallen right into their trap. In the end, Jake must risk everything to save Marcie and stop the bullet headed for his brother.

Meet the author …

MARK T. CONARD is the author of Dark as Night (2021), A Killer's Coda (2021), and Breaking Character (2022), all published by Down & Out Books.

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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