New from Down & Out Books: THE REAL DEAL by Tom Schreck
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TAMPA, Fla. - Floridant -- Down & Out Books is pleased to announce that THE REAL DEAL, the 7th Duffy Mystery by Tom Schreck, has been published on November 20, 2023 in trade paperback and ebook formats.


When Mushie, the popular street hustler of counterfeit watches, sneakers, and kitchen gadgets, comes into Duffy's bar bleeding from a gunshot wound to the stomach, Duffy and the gang are baffled. Everyone loved Mush who didn't have a mean bone in his body, Sure, he operated on the edges of what's considered proper society but, hey, so did a lot of Duffy's friends.

For Duffy, it's different. Mush was Hymie's, Duff's father-like mentor, grandson, and Duff had promised to keep an eye out for him. Now, it meant righting Mushie's wrong after his death.

Duffy's journey takes him inside the slimy world of counterfeit sales and into the dark place that funds terrorism. Could it be that Mush drifted into something bigger than he could handle and was trying to attack it himself or was his execution meant to send a message?

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International terror, anti-semitism, Christian extremism, and its workings, are all there for Duffy who just can't mind his own business.

You see, he promised Hymie.

Critical Acclaim for the Duffy Mysteries …

"On the Ropes is sly, funny, irreverent, and one hell of a good time. Read it or be sorry you didn't. It's just that simple." —Laurien Berenson, author of Hounded to Death

"Not since Carl Hiassen's Tourist Season debut has there been a novel with such superb comic timing and laugh-out-loud lines." —Ken Bruen, Shamus Award-winning author

"Fresh, intense and funny, Schreck's second mystery to feature unrepentant Elvis fan and dog lover Duffy Dombrowski packs a knockout punch." —Publishers Weekly, for TKO

Meet the author …

TOM SCHRECK is the author of Amazon's number-one hard-boiled mystery, The Vegas Knockout. He counts Robert B. Parker, John D. MacDonald, J.A. Konrath, Reed Farrel Coleman, Ken Bruen and Michael Connelly among his favorite crime fiction authors and his Duffy Dombrowski series has been referred to as "As good or better as the early Spenser." He is a columnist with Westchester Magazine and a frequent contributor to Crimespree Magazine, Referee, and other publications.

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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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