Hot Sinatra


Axel Howerton
Originally published January 2013 Evolved Publishing LLC
ISBN (Paperback) 9781622535019
ISBN (Ebook) 9781622535002




Arthur Ellis Award – Best First Novel 2014 – Crime Writers of Canada

Moss Cole is a private detective, the kind you thought only existed in old movies and afternoon reruns. He’s smart, talented, sometimes even charming. You’d think he could find a better gig than carrying on his grandfather’s legacy as a ‘Private Dick’. Cole is out of money, out of ideas, and out of his league. That’s why he’s stuck looking for a stolen Sinatra record… a record that may be just a figment of an old man’s imagination. Of course, if that were true, Moss wouldn’t have so many people busting down his door.


“Part Donald Westlake, part Elmore Leonard… and a whole bunch that’s inimitably Axel Howerton!” – Jayne Barnard, Arthur Ellis Award winning author of When the Bow Breaks
“Reinvigorates the hardboiled genre” –  BeatRoute Magazine
“A modern pulp tale that keeps it real.” – FFWD Weekly

 “Axel Howerton is one of the best new crime fiction writers out there—hell, one of the best writers, period. Do yourself a favor and settle into Axel’s groove.” – Scott S. Phillips, Author of the Pete, Drinker of Blood series

“It’s been a while since I read a hard boiled detective book that caught me up so completely… definitely in the Philip Marlowe genre” – Robert E. Vardeman, Author of the God of War, and Cenotaph Road series.

“Moss Cole sizzles hotter than bacon.” – Red Tash, Author of Troll Or Derby and This Brilliant Darkness

 Winner of the Indie Book of the Day and UP Authors award, and nominee for the 2014 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel

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