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Joe Clifford
December Boys
Give Up the Dead
Broken Ground
Rag and Bone

Praise for the Jay Porter series

"Joe Clifford’s fifth Jay Porter installment doesn’t portray a fairy tale happily-ever-after ending. The author strives to depict through his characters the dangers of drug addiction. In that, he succeeds. Brilliantly!"
   —Bookreporter on Rag and Bone

"An estate recycler picks up the fragments of his life by helping others to pick up theirs. What a brilliant noir concept. And Broken Ground, the newest addition to the terrific Jay Porter series, has brilliant writing to match. 'Freezing rain pelted the glass, like bb pellets fired from a bully’s tree fort.' Wow. The depth of the characters. The vividness of the New Hampshire winter setting. The importance of the novel's theme. Joe Clifford’s a crime writer to pay attention to."
   —David Morrell, New York Times best-selling author of Murder As a Fine Art and First Blood, on Broken Ground

"Joe Clifford's latest in the Jay Porter series is a tense, emotional tour de force ferried along on a mystery that's both timely and chilling. Don't miss this!"
   —Jamie Mason, author of Three Graves Full and Monday's Lie, on Broken Ground

"Clifford's edgy prose and masterful pacing, combined with flawed and profoundly human Jay Porter at the helm, make Broken Ground irresistible."
   —Wendy Walker, author of All Is Not Forgotten and Emma in the Night, on Broken Ground

"Joe Clifford writes with empathy, wisdom, and wicked wit about characters at the edge of society, sobriety, and their own tenuous sanity. Broken Ground is a feast, and Jay Porter is a unique noir hero who shines brightly in a dark world."
   —Nick Petrie, author of Light It Up and other Peter Ash novels, on Broken Ground

"Compelling!" 5 Stars
   —Break Away Reviewers on Broken Ground (read the full review)

"Beware, this voice is so well-written you might get drawn into the story too much. Whenever I was reading it I felt a craving to smoke or drink, just like Jay. I had to be careful to be nice to my wife. There were times when I looked at my son and almost cried at the idea of having to be without him."
   —Sons of Spade blog on Broken Ground (read the full review)

"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)