The launch of a propulsive noir series with a paranormal spin.
Things haven’t been going well for Charlie Miner. His work as a private investigator involves him with an endless roster of shady characters. His ex-wife is borderline crazy. And he hasn’t been getting to spend anywhere near enough time with his teenage daughter Mindy, the one person in his life who truly matters to him.
When he wakes up on a slab in the morgue with a hole in his head, though, things get even worse.
Just before the shooting, Charlie was investigating a case involving fraud, gold, religious zealots, and a gorgeous woman who seemed to be at the center of everything. Even with a fatal bullet wound, Charlie can connect the dots from the case to his attack. And when his daughter is abducted by someone involved, the stakes get exponentially higher. Charlie needs to find Mindy before the criminals do the same thing to her that they did to him.
After that, maybe he’ll try to figure out how he’s walking around dead.
Irreverent, circuitous, and surprisingly touching, DOWN SOLO introduces a crisp new voice to suspense fiction.
PRAISE FOR DOWN SOLO:
“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
– James Frey, New York Times bestselling author
“Don’t miss Earl Javorsky’s Down Solo. It’s kick-ass, man. Excellent writing. This guy is the real deal.”
– Dan Fante, author of the memoir Fante and the novel Point Doom
“Javorsky’s dark and gritty prose is leavened with just enough humor to make Down Solo a compelling story that will take readers to the outer limits of noir.”
– San Diego City Beat
“Javorksy’s writing reminded me of the Carl Hiaasen novels I’d read sprawled out on the deck on one sunny Florida vacation. Perfect entertainment, with the right amount of action to keep me alert (and to keep me from snoozing myself into a sunburned state). But there’s also a deeper layer in Down Solo, which left me thinking past the final page.”
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
This is probably one of the best opening chapters that I have read in a book for a while. Charlie Miner is as naked as the day he was born with only a John Doe ticket on his big toe when he wakens up not remembering how he got on a slab in the morgue. The thing is he can see it all, as he isn’t even in his body! It isn’t long before he finds out that not only can he can leave his body but if he returns to it he can get up and move round. Not bad for a man with a hole in his head! The only thing that he can do is get his dead butt out of there before someone carries out a post-mortem or even worse buries him. A neighbouring corpse with clothes still on comes in handy, even if they are a little small.
Well I sort of sat back and pondered what I had just read and I just loved it. So back to the reading it was. Charlie was a P.I. and as little snippets came back to him through one means or another he began to try and piece together why he was in this no-mans land and no-one else was. Ok he was obviously dead and hadn’t obviously moved on, like everyone else did. But he needed to know why someone just couldn’t ask him to get the hell out instead of putting a substantial hole in his head.
One fellow, that seemed to know as much about the dead spirits as the live ones manages to give him hope and a bit of advice. ‘Don’t abuse what is left of your body.’ It sounded pretty good advice to me. But he hadn’t made a good job of taking care of it the first time round, especially with his liking to drugs, not to mention the bullet! He wasn’t about to change now.
Charlie doesn’t make the smartest of choices especially when his ex-wife dumps their 15-year-old daughter on him. Not the best timing. Now the story really takes off, yep it has been mild up to now lol, only joking! But it does go up a few more gears.
This is a mighty fine book that has that old-fashioned P.I. feel with it, the actual get out and talk to people feel and that was now literal for him, as he could vacate his body anytime he wanted and people couldn’t see him, it came in very handy especially when trying to convince anyone that he was dead. A super story laced with dry humour, tons of action and with a jaw dropping end. So I am now very much looking forward to book two. Well in a couple of days. Just awesome.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Earl Javorsky grew up in Los Angeles and attended the local community college and UCLA. He then went to Emerson College, a teacher training school in England. Besides having written two published novels, he has created strategically optimized content (blogs, feature articles, and web pages) for treatment centers throughout the country, taught music at Pepperdine University (Malibu campus), worked in technical sales and marketing, and been employed as a writer for several Hollywood entertainment periodicals. Additionally, he has worked as an editor and/or proofreader for several publishers, including The Story Plant,BelleBooks, and The Learning Company, as well as (on the technical side) The Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America.
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