Give Up the Dead (Paperback)

A Jay Porter Novel

By Joe Clifford

Oceanview Publishing, 9781608092963, 320pp.

Publication Date: August 21, 2018

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (6/6/2017)

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Three years have passed since estate-clearing handyman Jay Porter almost lost his life following a devastating accident on the thin ice of Echo Lake. His investigative work uncovering a kids-for-cash scandal may have made his hometown of Ashton, New Hampshire, a safer place, but nothing comes without a price. The traumatic, uncredited events cost Jay his wife and his son, and left him with a permanent leg injury. Jay is just putting his life back together when a mysterious stranger stops by with an offer too good to be true: a large sum of cash in exchange for finding a missing teenage boy who may have been abducted by a radical recovery group in the northern New Hampshire wilds. Skeptical of gift horses and weary of reenlisting in the local drug war, Jay passes on the offer. The next day his boss is found beaten and left for dead, painting Jay the main suspect. As clues begin to tie the two cases together, Jay finds himself back on the job—and back in the line of fire. 

About the Author

From homeless junkie to successful author, Joe Clifford has dedicated his life to education and the craft of writing and helping other ex-junkies find a voice and a platform for their creative energies. He is the author of several acclaimed books, including Lamentation and December Boys in the Jay Porter series. He lives with this wife and two sons in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Praise For Give Up the Dead: A Jay Porter Novel

Praise for Give Up the Dead:

"Joe Clifford is an underground star. Give Up The Dead should finally expose his star to the light. Jay Porter is a hard-bitten and hard-boiled loner who manages to make you root for him and all the world's underdogs."

Reed Farrel Coleman, New York Times best-selling author of What You Break

"Noir fiction has fresh blood in Joe Clifford. The three dimensional characters in Give Up the Dead take readers by the hand and throat and don't let go until the final shocking pages. Fans of gritty, twisty mysteries—add this book to your shelves."

Eileen Cook best-selling author of The Hanging Girl

"There is something incredibly fascinating about an unconventional hero whose life is on the verge of unraveling at any moment. Joe Clifford's propulsive third installment starring Jay Porter, a flawed but surprisingly thoughtful and self-aware protagonist, kept me turning the pages long into the night. Give Up The Dead is character-driven noir at its finest."

Jennifer Hillier author of Wonderland

"Joe Clifford writes the kind of books that I love to read, mysteries that not only make you think, but make you feel. He is a master at creating characters that bind to your DNA and stay with you long after the last page is turned. His protagonist, Jay Porter, is one of the most endearing (and hopefully enduring) of the genre. If you haven’t yet discovered this gifted writer, maybe now’s the time."

Allen Eskens, USA Today best-selling author of The Deep Dark Descending

“Another riveting novel by a master of the noir fiction genre … A simply riveting read from first page to last.”

Midwest Book Review

"... Porter, an unwilling sleuth who gets banged around but keeps plodding forward."

Publishers Weekly

“Clifford has the knack to create a plot that is bound to keep you up nights.”


"The author’s command of storytelling is phenomenal... I keep coming back for what Jay Porter has to offer."

L. Dean Murphy, Bookreporter

"Another good one. It is another very good one."


"In my humble opinion, Joe Clifford is the best storyteller working today. His third installment of the Jay Porter series ratchets up the heat on Jay and the reader and what follows is a fast-paced ride beginning with his boss's beating and doesn't stop until a very satisfying conclusion. I love Clifford's quick and crisp dialog and the intricately plotted story line. Bravo and kudos to this author."

Pam Stack, Authors on the Air

“Joe Clifford has created a proven survivor in Jay Porter… The subplots add to the story and keep the pace steady, and well-drawn supporting characters add dimension.”

InD’Tale Magazine

Praise for the Jay Porter series:

"Lamentation is a noir saga of the America that isn't in TV commercials: fast-paced and wrenching, yet somehow infused with an uplifting spirit of love and redemption. Original, insightful, energetic, an intriguing saga of our modern lives and perils."

James Grady, author of Six Days of the Condor

"Clifford paints true-to-life characters with the same gritty touch as the best of Dennis Lehane."

Robert Dugoni, author of The Trapped Girl

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