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S. W. Lauden


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Nominated for the 2017 Anthony Award for Best Novella

Tommy Ruzzo is a disgraced NYPD cop who follows his coke fiend girlfriend back to her hometown in Florida. She leaves Ruzzo high and dry just before he's named Head of Security at Precious Acres, a beachfront retirement community populated by wisecracking New Yorkers. Ruzzo is stranded among the local losers until the day he discovers a murdered senior citizen on the Precious Acres bocce ball court.

The bodies pile up as Ruzzo uncovers a dangerous trail of clues that brings everybody in his new world under suspicion.

Praise For Crosswise

“Crosswise grabs you from the jump and doesn’t let go. A taut, suspenseful romp through the Redneck Riviera with an entertaining cast of characters. Don’t wait for retirement to spend some time at the Precious Acres retirement community. Book your stay today!” — Michael Lister, author of Innocent Blood

“Femme fatale, Florida heat, and clues tougher to figure out than a NY Times Sunday crossword puzzle. S.W. Lauden’s Crosswise is sun-splashed noir with New York City attitude. A fun read that will keep you guessing until the end.” — Matt Coyle, author of the Anthony Award winning Rick Cahill crime series

Down & Out Books, 9781943402205, 156pp.

Publication Date: January 28, 2016