New from Down & Out Books: THE SPREAD by Dana King

TAMPA, Fla. - July 31, 2023 - PRLog -- Down & Out Books is pleased to announce that THE SPREAD, the eighth Penns River crime novel by Dana King, has been published on July 31, 2023 in trade paperback and ebook formats.


It's football season in Western Pennsylvania. The Penns River team is loaded, and the town is so revved up a new gambling ring opens to allow PR supporters to put their money where their hearts are.

The "entrepreneur" responsible has no idea how to set point spreads and it's not like Vegas handles small town high school football games. He's paying out more than he's taking in and only organized crime offers the kind of loan he needs. This leads to a host of other problems, including murder.

Welcome to Penns River, where incomes rarely increase and crime rarely decreases. This would be bad enough if it were the same old crimes, but the changing criminal landscape constantly demands more from a police department in transition.

Critical Acclaim for THE SPREAD …

"Plot is king in The Spread. Sharp, crisp characters, and dialogue that snaps to a snare-drum cadence move the reader through this hard-rushing police procedural." —Joe Ricker, author of All the Good in Evil

"Dana King writes in a gritty crime noir style with a modern flair all his own. His books grab you from the first page and don't let you go." —Terrence McCauley, award-winning author of thrillers, crime and westerns

"If you enjoy crime fiction, but want something a bit more challenging and, in my opinion, much more inventive and artful, this is the novel for you." —Ron Cooper, author of All My Sins Remembered

Meet the author …

Dana King is the author of fourteen books, including eight Penns River police procedurals, of which The Spread is the newest; five Nick Forte private eye novels, two having received Shamus Award nominations from the Private Eye Writers of America; and a standalone novel titled Wild Bill, that is not a Western. His short fiction appears in numerous anthologies and web sites. He is a frequent panelist at conferences and reads at Noirs at Bars from New York to North Carolina.

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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