New from Down & Out Books: PLAYING DEAD by TG Wolff
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TAMPA, Fla. - Floridant -- Down & Out Books is pleased to announce that PLAYING DEAD, the 4th book in the De La Cruz Case Files by TG Wolff, has been published on February 19, 2024 in trade paperback and ebook formats.


The nightmare is over. Alexander "Rotten" Carter is dead. But when his body is dumped in Cleveland Homicide Detective Jesus De La Cruz's neighborhood, there are more questions than answers. Rotten was dressed up like the king of hearts, right down to the dagger in the suicide king's temple. The elaborate staging is perplexing at the same time it seems to be sending a message.

As Cruz investigates, he discovers Rotten Carter was more complex than the simple villain he had painted him to be. So is his murder, which is related to the deaths of his two lieutenants months prior. Both were strangled and found, with playing cards in their mouths. Jacks.

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Critical Acclaim for Books by TG Wolff …

"Pit against those who subvert justice and twist the law to suit their own ends, De La Cruz stands true while suffering his own demons—everything a hero should be. Wolff's unsentimental and precise writing draws readers. Add Exacting Justice to your 'to be read' pile." —E. B. Davis, mystery author

"TG Wolff's novel is for crime-fiction fans who like it action-packed and hard-edged. Written with feisty panache, it introduces Diamond, one of the most aggressive, ill-tempered, and wholly irresistible heroines to ever swagger across the page." —David Housewright, Edgar Award-winning author of Dead Man's Mistress, for Widow's Run

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Meet the author …

TG WOLFF writes mysteries that play within the gray area between good and bad, right and wrong. She specializes in puzzles, giving you everything you need to solve the mystery. Diverse characters mirror the complexities of real life and real people, balanced with a healthy dose of entertainment. TG Wolff holds a Master's Degree in Civil Engineering and is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.

In its thirteenth year as an independent publisher of award-winning literary and crime fiction, Down & Out Books ( is based in Tampa, Florida. For more information about the book, to request a review copy of the book, or to inquire about an interview with the author, contact

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