New from Down & Out Books: PROHIBITION PEEPERS edited by Michael Bracken

TAMPA, Fla. - Sept. 25, 2023 - PRLog -- Down & Out Books is pleased to announce that PROHIBITION PEEPERS: Private Eyes During the Noble Experiment edited by Michael Bracken has been published on September 25, 2023 in trade paperback and ebook formats.


The 18th Amendment created prohibition—a "noble experiment" that banned the manufacture, transportation, and sale of intoxicating liquors—and gave rise to criminal activity associated with bootlegging, gang violence, and more. During the 1920s and early 1930s, the police had their hands full, and private investigators were there working both sides of the law.

Prohibition Peepers stories are set during and immediately after the end of Prohibition, with private eyes serving clients of all social statuses. These hardboiled and fast-paced tales written by some of today's hottest crime fiction short story writers will have you reaching for your own mason jar of moonshine or highball glass of bathtub gin.

Edited by Michael Bracken with stories by Michael Bracken, Susanna Calkins, David Dean, Jim Doherty, John M. Floyd, Nils Gilbertson, Richard Helms, Hugh Lessig, Steve Liskow, Leigh Lundin, Adam Meyer, Penny Mickelbury, Joseph S. Walker, and Stacy Woodson.

Meet the editor …

Michael Bracken ( has edited several previous crime fiction anthologies, including the Anthony Award-nominated The Eyes of Texas: Private Eyes from the Panhandle to the Piney Woods, Groovy Gumshoes, the three-volume Fedora series, and the multi-volume Mickey Finn: 21st Century Noir series. With Gary Phillips he co-edited Jukes & Tonks, and with Trey R. Barker he co-edited the serial novella anthology series Guns + Tacos. Stories from his anthologies have received or been short-listed for Anthony, Derringer, Edgar, Macavity, Shamus, and Thriller awards, and have been named among the year's best by the editors of The Best American Mystery Stories, The Best American Mystery and Suspense, The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories, and The Best Mystery Stories of the Year. Also a writer, Bracken is the Edgar Award- and Shamus Award-nominated, Derringer Award-winning author of eleven books and more than 1,200 short stories. In 2016 he received the Edward D. Hoch Memorial Golden Derringer Award for Lifetime Achievement in short mystery fiction. He lives, writes, and edits in Texas.

In its thirteenth 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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