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Joe Clifford
Lamentation
December Boys
Give Up the Dead

Praise for the Jay Porter series


"Joe Clifford is an underground star. Give Up The Dead should finally expose his star to the light. Jay Porter is a hard-bitten and hard-boiled loner who manages to make you root for him and all the world's underdogs."
   —Reed Farrel Coleman, New York Times bestselling author of What You Break, on Give Up the Dead

"There is something incredibly fascinating about an unconventional hero whose life is on the verge of unraveling at any moment. Joe Clifford's propulsive third installment starring Jay Porter, a flawed but surprisingly thoughtful and self-aware protagonist, kept me turning the pages long into the night. Give Up the Dead is character-driven noir at its finest."
   —Jennifer Hillier, author of Creep and Freak, on Give Up the Dead

"Clifford has written a very human tale of redemption."
   —Publishers Weekly on December Boys

"December Boys is gritty and addicting. Clifford doesn't waste any time diving straight into the plot, dragging his readers into a conspiracy so enthralling they won't be able to put the book down until they've unraveled all the knots. December Boys drowns in snow, and this cold will cut straight through you in more than one way."
   —LitReactor on December Boys

"December Boys is sprawling yet oddly intimate, character-driven yet mysterious and involving and psychologically accurate yet not necessarily bound by the need to belong to a particular genre. It is a gorgeous and thoroughly unique novel."
   —Dead End Follies on December Boys (read the full review)

"Clifford understands human potential for moral collapse and redemption, and his lean, gritty prose never lets characters or readers off the hook."
   —Publishers Weekly on Lamentation

"Joe Clifford's Lamentation is a the kind of wrenching, powerful work that defies easy categorization—call it a thriller, call it a propulsive family drama—the result is a work that stands comparison with talents as diverse as James Ellroy and JD Salinger. Clifford knows how to craft sentences that sting and situations as savage as they are compulsively readable. Clifford is an author with many great novels ahead. Lamentation is terrific, compulsively readable debut."
   —Jerry Stahl, author of Permanent Midnight, on Lamentation

"Clifford paints true-to-life characters with the same gritty touch as the best of Dennis Lehane. Straightforward and edgy, Lamentation gnaws with nail-biting tension on every page. A must-read for contemporary hardboiled mystery fans who appreciate the type of terse dialogue and real life conflicts and settings Elmore Leonard so richly brought to life."
   —Robert Dugoni, bestselling author of The Conviction, on Lamentation

"When it comes to bleak and grim, Joe Clifford's Lamentation is right up there with Nordic crime fiction, because the February weather in northern New Hampshire—where Clifford's book is set—adds to the novel's sharp edge.... family is family, author Clifford seems to be saying in this touching, insightful novel, and we take what we can get—whatever the damage to ourselves."
   —Mystery Scene Magazine on Lamentation (read the full review)

"...a sharp narrative that cuts to the bone of life on the wrong side of the tracks... In a world full of stories where there are clearly defined good and bad guys, Clifford offers a narrative in which there are only shades of bad to chose from, and the odds are stacked against the less evil, and that makes it simultaneously a touching read and one that’s really hard to put down."
   —Mystery Scene Magazine on Lamentation (read the full review)