Dear Book Reviewers,

I’m writing you today because my next novella, CROSSED BONES, is now available on NetGalley. This is the second Tommy & Shayna Crime Caper, and the follow-up to 2016’s CROSSWISE. Here’s what a few early readers have said about CROSSED BONES:

  • “Crossed Bones introduces readers to a cast of deliciously flawed characters, all of whom pursue questionable agendas by sketchy means. S.W. Lauden captures the complexity of human morality in a fast-paced tale of greed, manipulation, and obsession.—J.J. Hensley, author of Resolve, Measure Twice, and Chalk’s Outline.
  • “The only thing that burns hotter than Shayna Billups is Tommy Ruzzo’s need to keep her from self-destructing. Crossed Bones is the fast-paced follow-up to Crosswise that finds these two unforgettable characters in a world of drugs, sex, a powerful mayor, and all manner of pirates. This treasure hunt is not just bang for your buck, but also BOOM for your cannon powder!—Jeffery Hess, author of Beachhead and Cold War Canoe Club.
  • A sick slab of Jimmy Buffett noir fit for fans of Carl Hiaasen, with dive bar denizens on a treasure hunt full of rum, booty, and mayhem.” —Thomas Pluck, author of Bad Boy Boogie.
  • “S.W. Lauden cranks the action in a contemporary treasure hunt following a coked-out, hell-raising mama from the South up the East coast to a town dominated by pirates both legitimate and phony. Suspense and betrayal lurk on every page as Lauden brings this dizzying cliffhanger to a raucous conclusion. —Alec Cizak, editor, Pulp Modern.

It’s a fast-paced read that might even make you laugh a time or two (fingers crossed). Please check it out while sitting on the beach, waiting to meet with your parole officer, lounging next to the pool, in line for Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland, or riding on the subway/metro in your city of choice.


S.W. Lauden

crossedbonesx2700-2S.W. Lauden’s debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, is available from Rare Bird Books. The second Greg Salem novel, GRIZZLY SEASON, was published in October 2016. His first Tommy & Shayna crime caper, CROSSWISE, is available from Down & Out Books. The second novella in that series, CROSSED BONES, will be published in May 2017. He is also the co-host of the crime/mystery podcast, Writer Types.

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