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Joe Clifford
Clifford understands human potential for moral collapse and redemption...
Publishers Weekly on Lamentation
...gritty and addicting.
—LitReactor on December Boys
...character-driven noir at its finest.
—Author Jennifer Hillier on Give Up the Dead        
...a hard-bitten and hard-boiled loner who manages
to make you root for him and all the world's underdogs.

—Author Reed Farrel Coleman on Give Up the Dead
Clifford paints true-to-life characters with
the same gritty touch as the best of Dennis Lehane.

—Author Robert Dugoni on Lamentation
...the kind of wrenching, powerful work that defies easy categorization...
—Author Jerry Stahl on Lamentation

Coming June 4th!
Rag and Bone

Rag and Bone

Jay Porter Series Book 5

Having spent ten months on the run after he was framed for the murder of an estate-clearing associate, handyman Jay Porter returns to his hometown of Ashton, New Hampshire. During his time as a fugitive, he searched for a hard drive—evidence that would put his longtime nemeses Adam and Michael Lombardi behind bars. But he came up empty handed.

He has nothing. No hard drive, no hope. He hasn't spoken to his ex-wife and son in almost a year and he's broke. With his reputation tarnished and employment opportunities nonexistent, Jay takes a charity assignment from old friend/flame Alison Rodgers and learns of a fire at Alison's former rehab farm. Jay is convinced that the Lombardis started a fire as a scare tactic to pressure Alison to sell. As Jay begins to look into the origins of the fire, he hopes he will finally be able to put away his enemies. But he soon discovers that evil isn't so easy to define...

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The One That Got Away

New standalone now available:

The One That Got Away


In the early 2000s, a string of abductions rocked the small upstate town of Reine, New York. Only one girl survived: Alex Salerno. The killer, Ken Parsons, was sent away. Life returned to normal. No more girls would have to die. Until another one did.

It's been seven years since Kira Shanks was reported missing and presumed dead. Alex Salerno has been living in New York City trying to forget those three days locked underground. Now she is drawn into a dangerous game of show and tell in an insular town where everyone has a secret to hide. And as more details emerge about the night Kira Shanks went missing, Alex discovers there are some willing to kill to protect the horrific truth.

In the modern vein of Dark Places and Mystic River, The One That Got Away is a dark, psychological thriller, featuring a compelling, conflicted heroine and a page-turning narrative that races toward its final, shocking conclusion.

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Junkie Love

A new edition now available!

Junkie Love


Joe Clifford didn't start drinking beer until he was almost twenty-one years old. By the time he turned twenty-two, he was addicted to methamphetamine; and the heroin wasn't far behind. Soon he'd lose his wife, his job, his home.

In between are the harrowing events and close calls, the shady characters and the enduring friendships, the redemption and restitution that led Fix Magazine to call Junkie Love "one of top four recovery memoirs" of all time.

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Manafort Porter connection

The True Story Behind Jay Porter and the Manafort Brothers
Like the workers in Broken Ground, my father Neil was knowingly sent by [the Manafort Brothers] to die at a contaminated job site.

Read the article in Mystery Scene