ANNOUNCEMENT: Choice Cuts and Wake the Undertaker by Joe Clifford

May 23, 2012

We are pleased to announce that we have signed Joe Clifford to a two book deal. First, we will be publishing Choice Cuts, a selection of his short stories. Then later on in the year we will be publishing his novel, Wake the Undertaker.

Wake the Undertaker is a hardboiled thriller set in an alternative, darker San Francisco. At nineteen, Colin Specter is an up-and-coming singer at The Lone Palm, a nightclub owned by the Christos’ crime family, headed by Cephalus “the Old Man” Christos and his ne’er-do-well son, Gabriel. When Colin falls for the wrong girl, a stripper named Zoey, Gabriel orders the singer’s vocal cords severed and has him take the fall for a crime he didn’t commit.

After seven years in prison, Colin is released and manipulated into working for his former tormentor. Gabriel is now estranged from the Old Man, who has branched into the legitimate, lucrative game of politics, and a war between father and son is spilling onto the streets of San Francisco. With the aid of a disgraced journalist, Colin investigates the Old Man and delves into the whereabouts of his former love, only to discover that nothing is what it seems in a rain-drenched underworld.

It infuses elements of comic books, the grotesque, and old school, pulp detective stories.

You want to know who likes Wake the Undertaker? Todd Robinson that’s who. Big Daddy Thug sez:

“The Lone Palm is not only my kind of bar…Wake the Undertaker is my type of book. Joe Clifford writes with the intensity of a house on fire, and I’d read his grocery list if he published it.”

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