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Bad-Ass Books with Kevin Lear (April 2019 List)


Today in Bad-Ass books we're pleased ta introduce crime-lovin' hooligan Kevin Lear, who loves ta read about Crooks-on-Nook. The Mysterious Mr. Lear has graciously agreed to share 5 of his favorite all-time Indie crime reads with us each Quarter. Here's his first 2019 List. Hope you'll check these out. And return once again when Kevin does in June.

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PIGGY BACK by Tom Pitts
Published by Down & Out Books
Also available on Amazon


When Becky and Shelly steal a car with a trunk-load of drugs they think they’ve got it made. But when the guy whose drugs they stole sends a psycho to chase them down? These two gals wind up on a road trip for their lives. A great pulp page turner.


BROKEN GLASS WALTZES by Warren Moore
Published by Down & Out Books
Also available on Amazon


This book involves a metal band—weary road dogs—driving gig-to-gig across Ohio’s turnpikes and backroads, and making just enough money to get by. Things get crazy when the drummer hooks up with a groupie. Part music-driven, part love story. My kind of pulp.


2000 MILES OF OPEN ROAD by Trey R. Barker
Published by Down & Out Books
Also available on Amazon


All Hal wanted was to buy a DVD. Not just any DVD. One with an actual murder on it. And for $20,000 it was his. But suddenly he’s on the run with a hooker riding shotgun—and a load of bad shit coming his way.


THANKS FOR KILLING ME by Bill Barol
Published by Minty Goodness Press
Available on Amazon


This is a story about a couple of con men—who hook up with a mark they couldn’t con. In an RV built for the rich, these three head cross country. But some of the angry folks they’ve conned are looking for some payback. A lot of twists and turns certainly kept me reading.


LEADFOOT by Eric Beetner
Published by Down & Out Books
Also available on Amazon


LEADFOOT is part of duo with RUMRUNNERS its companion. In LEADFOOT, Calvin shows his teenage son the ropes to the “family” business—which involves hauling loads the authorities don’t need to know about. Most days it’s business as usual: make the haul, collect the money, and then it’s time to head on home. But when Calvin’s son loses his haul, all hell breaks loose as well.

Kevin Lear was raised by a single mother, who was also a member of Mensa. Thanks to her, some relatives, and teachers—including an 8th grade nun, he grew to love reading, good authors, and good books. A fan of Barnes & Noble, he often reads about crooks on Nook.