Go Down Hard
Brash Books (May 2015) ISBN-13: 978-1941298701
"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
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
A hard-boiled mystery romp through the noir worlds of aging rock-and-rollers, live Internet sex shows, abusive psychiatrists, Slavic mobsters, child molesters, emotional betrayal, deceit, arson, murder and estate planning.
Stark Raving Press (May 2014) ISBN-13 978-1500626600
Psycho Logic is a noir suspense thriller about Johno Beltran, an LAPD detective whose life, marriage and career is devastated when his inadvertent mishandling of evidence leads to a not-guilty verdict for a guilty torture-murderer. Our story begins four years after the trial with Johno now living out of his car and working as a parking attendant at a celebrity haunt.
The man who got away with murder, Dr. Luke Vico, is a wealthy plastic surgeon to the stars. When Dr. Vico isn't slapping his girlfriends around, he likes to abduct college co-eds and slowly bleed them to death. One night, he pulls into the restaurant where Johno works. Their worlds collide again and the eventual outcome isn't pretty.
Alyssa Lido lives down the beach from Dr. Vico. She meets Johno as a result of his ill-fated clash with the infamous killer. The sexual voodoo between Johno and Alyssa is strong, her marriage to a psychiatrist notwithstanding. Alyssa suspects her husband, who once treated her for paranoia, of manipulating some of his more vulnerable patients for sex. When a porn star patient is found dead, Johno is convinced that the shrink killed her to cover up his sex-crimes and worries that Alyssa is next on his hit list. As events spiral out of control, Johno and Alyssa are sucked into a vortex of blackmail, pornography, torture, betrayal, vengeance, love, guilt, passion, murder, muscle cars and valet parking.