Bury the Hatchet

When Jay Desmarteaux walked out the gates of Rahway Prison, the sun hit his face like air on a fresh wound. The breeze smelled different, charged somehow. He had spent twenty-five years as a monk locked inside a dank Shaolin temple dedicated to violence and human predation, while the men who put him there lived free from fear.

Men who needed killing.

For the rest, you’ll have to wait until I find an agent and a publisher.

Onto the next novel, a boozy caper about craft beer, decrepit old bars, Bon Scott’s secret lyric notebook, Nazis, cat farts, and hipster invasions.


My story “Gumbo Weather” at Crime Fiction Friday

“The daily sun shower speckled the windshield with diamonds.”

My story “Gumbo Weather” is featured in Crime Fiction Friday at MysteryPeople.

This is the first Jay Desmarteaux story, and I am working on a final round of edits of his first novel. The story first appeared in Needle: A Magazine of Noir, and is also available in Steel Heart: Ten Tales of Crime & Suspense, along with another Jay story, “Kamikaze Death Burgers at the Ghost Town Cafe.”

Steel Heart: 10 Tales of Crime and Suspense  is available at the following e-book retailers: Kobo, through Watchung Booksellers or BookPeople; Amazon for Kindle; Barnes & Noble for Nook; Smashwords, in many formats, including to read online, and Apple iPad.