Jeff Fenner’s life is out of control. At the nadir of a rocky, sometimes-up-usually-down career, he has come face to face with his demons: he’s being investigated by the police, he owes money to the wrong people, and he sees an empty future shutting down in front of him. When Jeff hears that his sister Marilyn has jumped from a twelfth-floor balcony, he refuses to believe she killed herself, and he embarks on a tortuous journey toward self-discovery and redemption . . . and toward the beautiful but troubled Holly Barnes. Holly’s own demons have led her to a self-help cult in Beverly Hills called Saving Our Lives. Through Holly, Jeff learns of a string of apparent suicides eerily similar to his sister’s—and that Holly is the next target.
“Earl Javorsky’s bold and unusual Down Solo blends the mysterious and the supernatural boldly and successfully. The novel is strong and haunting, a wonderful debut.”
T. Jefferson Parker, New York Times bestselling author of Full Measure and The Famous and the Dead
“Another awesome mystery. Check it out.”
James Frey, author of Bright Shiny Morning
“Don’t miss Earl Javorsky’s Down Solo. Kick-ass excellent writing. This guy is the real deal”
Dan Fante, author of Point Doom
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Charlie Miner wakes up looking down at his body on a gurney at the LA County morgue. When he moves closer to the body, it pulls him in and he is able to make it get up and walk around. Charlie, a down-on-his-luck, heroin-addicted insurance fraud investigator, leaves the morgue with two priorities: to get a fix and to find out who killed him. The trouble is, there’s a bullet in his brain and his memory is full of holes. His quest will take him backward to rediscovered memories and forward to new danger, further loss, and, finally, possible redemption. Down Solo borrows from Stephen King only to the extent that, generally, people don’t reanimate their bodies and continue daily life. Otherwise, the novel is more or less a straightforward (well, slightly convoluted) Chandleresque mystery.
“Offbeat and dark and wonderful. This book caught me in the first few pages and never let me go. Javorsky is a prodigious writer: dark, intelligent, often hilariously funny, and he holds the accelerator to the floor throughout the whole amazing story.”
Timothy Hallinan, bestselling author of the Poke Rafferty series and the Junior Bender series