2019 Macavity Award Nominee!
Readers' Choice Finalist from the Nov/Dec issue of
Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
A noir tale of sibling rivalry, blind ambition, lust, betrayal, and murder
awash in the mud of Mississippi delta politics. The honorable Enoch Crood,
Judge of the Coahoma County Court, is just a few days away from what
appears to be a shoo-in election to the Mississippi's Attorney General's
office. But when his brother Homer pulls a seemingly harmless, if odious
prank, Enoch finds himself with two feet in the grave and a shovel in his
hand. Things go tragically awry from there.
2018 Macavity Award Nominee
A shady Internet romance business is no match for one of its mail order
brides in this twisted tale of love, betrayal, murder and ESL.
This noir romantic suspense was first published in Passport to Murder,
the 2017 Bouchercon anthology (Down and Out Books).
"It's a crime novel dream"
-- American Library Association's Booklist
"GO DOWN HARD is a spirited mix of noir homage and hard-boiled spoof, and Craig Faustus Buck gets the proportions just right. Sexy, tough and comic -- and often all three at once. Noir fans with
senses of humor will dig it."
--T. Jefferson Parker, author of Full Measure
Go Down Hard is a noir romp through the worlds of aging rock-and-rollers, live Internet sex shows, abusive psychiatrists, Slavic mobsters, child molesters, emotional betrayal, deceit, arson, murder and estate planning.
...one of the finest and most entertaining crime novels of the year... GO DOWN HARD also shows traces of such contemporary masters as Donald E. Westlake and Elmore Leonard – especially in its combination of abrupt, unexpected violence and laugh-out-loud humor. Anyone curious about the state of or characteristics of the contemporary crime novel need look no further than GO DOWN HARD. Let’s hope Craig Faustus Buck doesn’t keep us waiting too long for a follow-up.
Craig Faustus Buck's GO DOWN HARD is a pleasure. Buck gives us a wisecracking
freelance writer, a delectable female cop, detestable bad guys, and a plot with
excitement that builds to the end.
--Thomas Perry, author of THE BUTCHER'S BOY
Hardbitten and told with a deft hand, Craig Faustus Buck delivers a twisty and
engrossing tale that will stay with you long after the last page is finished.
--Gary Phillips, author of WARLORD OF WILLOW RIDGE