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ERYK PRUITT, RICK OLLERMAN, MIKE MCCRARY- What We Reckon/Steady Trouble/Hardboiled, Noir, and Gold Medals

Monday, November 6, 2017 - 7:00pm
What We Reckon Cover Image
ISBN: 9781943818648
Availability: Out of Stock; Usually Arrives in 5-7 Days
Published: Polis Books - October 10th, 2017

Genuinely Dangerous Cover Image
ISBN: 9780989132992
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
(This book cannot be returned.)
Published: Bad Words Inc. - August 19th, 2016

Hardboiled, Noir and Gold Medals: Essays on Crime Fiction Writers From the '50s Through the '90s Cover Image
ISBN: 9781944520328
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Published: Stark House Press - July 31st, 2017












Monday, November 6 at 7PM

speaking & signing
What We Reckon, Steady Trouble, and 

Hardboiled, Noir, and Gold Medals


Meet Jack Jordan. He’s a smooth-talking con artist with a penchant for the fast life. He’s snuck into Lufkin, Texas, in the dead of night with little more than a beat-up Honda, a hollowed-out King James Bible full of cocaine, and enough emotional baggage to sink a steam ship. He’s charming, dedicated, and extremely paranoid.

Summer Ashton, his partner-in-crime. She’s stuck by him through thick and thin, but lately her mind has begun to slip. They’ve told their fair share of lies and she’s having a devil of a time remembering what’s the truth. And recently, she’s been hearing voices. Unfortunately for both of them, she’s the brains of the operation.

Furthermore, they have begun to tire of one another.

For these two career grifters, the sleepy East Texas countryside is but another pit stop on their rampage across the American South.


When eighteen-year-old Teddy loses her parents to a tragedy, she’s left alone, and with no memory of the life she once had. Now older, wiser, and tougher than ever before, Teddy has managed to carve out a small place in Austin’s criminal underworld, but that world comes with its own brand of difficulties. Difficulties she’s learned to handle with some razor-sharp wit and the occasional baseball bat.

Desperate to buy the only link to her childhood – her parents’ old farm – Teddy jumps at an opportunity that could change her life. A stranger has just walked into her bar and presented her with a chance to get back a little of what she once had, but it may not be as simple as she thinks. This chance of a lifetime may take her down a long, winding road filled with more trouble than she might be able to handle.

From Mike McCrary, author Genuinely Dangerous and the Remo Cobb series comes the first book in a brand-new exciting series. Steady Trouble is filled with nonstop action, humor, a touch of heart, and fun character affectionately known as Steady Teddy.


“Rick Ollerman’s detailed critical essays, written about both modern and classic crime writers, have an electric-charged verve so brilliant the modern reader is compelled to develop a new understanding, a new appreciation, even a new witnessing of the writers and their most important and influential works. The context is always truthful to the era of creation, but it is fully developed with a modern understanding that brings new revelation to seemingly old topics. Which is a hard way of saying, Mr. Ollerman writes about crime fiction and its crafters brilliantly.”—Benjamin Boulden, critic/essayist


Eryk Pruitt is a screenwriter, author and filmmaker living in Durham, NC with his wife Lana and cat Busey.  His short films FOODIE and LIYANA, ON COMMAND have won several awards at film festivals across the US.  His short fiction appears in The Avalon Literary Review, Pulp Modern, Thuglit, and Great Jones Street, to name a few.  In 2015, he was a finalist for the Derringer Award for his short story "Knockout."His novels Dirtbags and Hashtag are being re-released by Polis Books on September 26, in anticipation of his third novel, What We Reckon, due on October 10, 2017. He is the host of the Noir at the Bar series in Durham. A full list of credits can be found at


Mike McCrary has been a waiter, a securities trader, dishwasher, investment manager and an unpaid Hollywood intern. He's quit corporate America, come back, been fired, been promoted, been fired again. Currently, he writes stories about questionable people who make questionable decisions. Keep up with Mike @mcmccrary or


Rick Ollerman is the author of four novels TURNABOUT, SHALLOW SECRETS, TRUTH ALWAYS KILLS, MAD DOG BARKED, and one non-fiction collection HARDBOILED, NOIR AND GOLD MEDALS: ESSAYS ON CRIME FICTION WRITERS FROM THE ’50S THROUGH THE ’90S. He also edited and contributed to PAPERBACK CONFIDENTIAL, a book containing 132 short bios about writers from the paperback original era through the present . Currently he’s editing a new crime fiction magazine called DOWN & OUT: THE MAGAZINE. In addition to at least three more essays, he’s editing an anthology of paperback original era writers for a December release; BLOOD WORK, an anthology honoring Raven Award winning Gary Shulze to be released May, 2018. Two stories were published in original anthologies last year, WAITING TO BE FORGOTTENand WINDWARD. His fifth novel, which will be released in Spring, 2018, will be a sequel to his last two books. A regular speaker and panelist at conferences across the country, he can be reached at

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