New from Down & Out Books: DEEP BLUE COVER: THE PLEDGED by Joel W. Barrows

TAMPA, Fla. - Oct. 24, 2023 - PRLog -- Down & Out Books is pleased to announce that DEEP BLUE COVER: THE PLEDGED by Joel W. Barrows has been published on October 23, 2023 in trade paperback and ebook formats.


Deputy Jackson Garrett is killed in a hit and run during a routine traffic stop. His death haunts Sheriff Eli Coe.

But the investigation hits a dead end. At the same time, rumors swirl that radical elements have infiltrated the sheriff's office. Secrecy shrouds their numbers and intent. Not sure that even his own internal affairs detectives are untainted, Coe brings in an outside investigator. ATF Special Agent David Ward goes undercover.

What he discovers will expose a cancer that lurks in American law enforcement and a plot that threatens democracy.

Deep Blue Cover: The Pledged is book #5 in the Deep Cover series.

Advance praise for DEEP BLUE COVER: THE PLEDGED …

"In this fifth installment of Barrows' thriller series, the timeliness of the story is a plus…the pacing is brisk, the writing is crisp, and the details are often amusing. Ward is a most likable protagonist and the other characters are realistic. Timely and tense; a worthy addition to a thriller series." —Kirkus Reviews

"Joel Barrows gives us a frighteningly realistic glimpse of how democracy can be undermined and how otherwise honorable people can be sucked in by the lie. The tension never lets up until the end." —Jim Winter, author of the Holland Bay series

"In this fifth installment of the Deep Cover Series Barrows tackles the thorny side of law enforcement. Fast paced and tense, Deep Blue Cover strikes just the right chord." —Bruce Robert Coffin, award-winning author of the Detective Byron mysteries

Meet the author …

JOEL W. BARROWS is an Iowa district court judge who regularly oversees both criminal and civil trials. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he was a practicing attorney for nearly twenty-three years; the last eighteen of those spent as a state, and then federal, prosecutor. He holds bachelor and master's degrees in history, a law degree from Drake University Law School, and a Master of Laws in International and Comparative Law with distinction from Georgetown University Law Center. He lives with his family in eastern Iowa along the banks of the Mississippi.

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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