New from Down & Out Books: GEISHA CONFIDENTIAL by Mark Coggins

TAMPA, Fla. - March 4, 2024 - PRLog -- Down & Out Books is pleased to announce that GEISHA CONFIDENTIAL, the 8th mystery in the August Riordan series by Mark Coggins, has been published on March 4, 2024 in trade paperback and ebook formats.


Someone is trying to murder Japanese bar hostess Coco Ono. Tokyo's transphobic police won't investigate, so she turns to American private eye August Riordan. Riordan is a complete fish out of water in Japan—doesn't know the language, isn't on speaking terms with sushi, hasn't even traveled outside the US—but Coco has been told Riordan makes things happen.

And happen they do: from the minute Riordan's size 12 Florsheims hit the ground in Tokyo, he is fending off attackers. Riordan and Coco are drawn into a conspiracy involving multiple yakuza clans, popular celebrities, and politicians at the very highest level of government. The bizarre crime they find at the center rattles the country's power structure and jeopardizes both their lives.

A roiling chankonabe (sumo wrestler stew) of love hotels, cryptocurrency fraud, "soapland" brothels and the Japanese Adult Video industry, Geisha Confidential is an immersive exploration of a culture like no other and a must-read for fans of international crime fiction.

Critical Acclaim for GEISHA CONFIDENTIAL …

"Combine a beautiful trans bar hostess, a jet-lagged American PI, the yakuza, cryptocurrency trading, murder, Tokyo and stir. What you get is Coggins's masterful Geisha Confidential. A genius combination of a classic PI tale and the unique." —Reed Farrel Coleman, New York Times bestselling author of Sleepless City

"Mark Coggins…outdoes himself with this tale of sexual shenanigans that range from the lowest soapland Tokyo brothels to the highest levels of Japanese government... [He] is a gifted artist whose award-winning photos of Tokyo settings enhance his witty, razor-sharp prose." —John Billheimer, Edgar Award-winning author of the Owen Allison and Lloyd Keaton series

Meet the author …

MARK COGGINS' work has been nominated for the Shamus and Barry crime fiction awards and selected for best-of-the-year lists compiled by the San Francisco Chronicle, the Detroit Free Press, and, among others. His novels Runoff and The Big Wake-Up won a Next Generation Indie Book Award and the Independent Publisher Book Award respectively, and his The Immortal Game has been optioned for a film.

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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