Earl Javorsky


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.


  • Laila Lyons on January 20, 2016

    I just read an article you wrote on the ” supernatural” qualities of great fiction and how to go about it. I wanted to say thank you. It’s as if some numinous thread had been hanging in the collective for me and you just pulled it opening the gateway to possibilities again. ( How strange it is to know your words thrown into the ether can change a random chicks trajectory?) Like everything in life- I can get stuck in the doubts of a pause like a seemingly problematic issue or take the pause as a indelible line that was needed for ends to be and beginnings to be seen. The questions are saved to my iPhone and it’s on the TO-DO list for today.
    Thanks again! I’ll share!

    • Earl on January 21, 2016

      Thanks Laila! Yes, strange indeed, ether, random, possibilities. It seems you have an inkling about a creative project, and that my bit that you read somehow relates?

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