New from Down & Out Books: LOUD WATER by Robby Henson

TAMPA, Fla. - Aug. 28, 2023 - PRLog -- Down & Out Books is pleased to announce that LOUD WATER, a crime thriller by Robby Henson, has been published on August 28, 2023 in trade paperback and ebook formats.


Eight years into a 15-year sentence, Crit Poppwell finally discovered something he was good at, besides destroying his family and abusing drugs. He found art. The solitary act of drawing, painting and creating brings a calmness to his chaos.

Crit returns to his Appalachian hometown with ringing tinnitus in his ear from a prison brawl, and a desire to change his DNA. But he soon meets a hot-mess substance abuser and her son, and his reluctant, then fully committed desire to help her puts him in the crosshairs of his brother's wrath.

Can Crit flush the past from his blood and bones and use his newfound creativity to change his life and save others? Or die trying?

Critical Acclaim for LOUD WATER …

"Robby Henson's prose crackles with the raw-boned, rough-edged hardness of the Eastern Kentucky landscape, intensely capturing the desperate victims seeking to escape its unforgiving hold…whether through an act of redemption or an act of revenge. A visceral Southern Gothic Noir." —Charles Edward Pogue, screenwriter of The Fly, Dragonheart, and Psycho III

"Sins of the past litter the backroads of rural Kentucky in this powerful Southern Gothic noir. Redemption is a hard thing to come by. Henson writes like William Faulkner's Kentucky cousin and reminds us what great writing really looks like." —John Morrissey, producer of American History X, Havoc, and There Are No Saints

"A brilliant noir debut with a bittersweet ending." —Jim Winter, author of the Holland Bay series

Meet the author …

ROBBY HENSON received his M.F.A. from NYU's graduate film school and has written and directed several documentaries for PBS as well as five feature films - The Badge, Pharaoh's Army, The Visitation, House and Thr3e. His films have been seen at Sundance and around the world and he is a member of the Writers Guild of America. He currently teaches screenwriting at the University of Kentucky and is also Artistic Director of Pioneer Playhouse, a regional theater in central Kentucky, where he runs their outreach program Voices Inside that instructs incarcerated writers in writing and performance skills so as to fight recidivism. This is his first novel.

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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