"It's about meth, fishing, trash American culture and young adult despair. Imagine a Raymond Carver or Jim Thompson for the text message age and that would only begin to get it."--KRIS SAKNUSSEMM, author of Reverend America
Trapped in a rural Oklahoma town fueled by meth and doused in codeine, Arlo Clancy has made it his life's goal to keep his troubled younger brother, Sepp, out of prison. Poverty and the lure of easy drug money were pressure enough, before a gruesome discovery beneath the waters of their favorite fishing hole sent their lives into a tailspin.
Torn by cowardice and conscience, the brothers make a fateful decision which will bring them ever-closer to Danny Ames--a vicious enforcer for the local meth trade--and a nightmare world where their only chance of escape might be...
LOW DOWN DEATH RIGHT EASY
"Sometimes mysterious, sometimes vicious, and always engaging, LOW DOWN DEATH RIGHT EASY is a unique take on the crime novel that will satisfy readers who like their fiction as murky as a river after heavy rains. Here's a good way to describe J. David Osborne: Daniel Woodrell, James Ellroy, and Cormac McCarthy all wrapped into one, stripped to the bones, and given a new voice."--OUT OF THE GUTTER
"A gritty tapestry of subversive drama the likes of which I'd compare to Harmony Korine's Gummo packed in with the terse lines of Bukowski."--MICHAEL J. SEIDLINGER, author of My Pet Serial Killer and The Sky Conducting
"If you're looking for something more than just blood and guns and meth, you need to get this book immediately. Osborne has an innate talent more dangerous than a trunk full of C4. To give some sort of visual, take one of James Sallis' Spartan scenes, lock in it a single-wide with a bag of crystal and a light bulb then rip out the air conditioner and check back in a week. LOW DOWN DEATH RIGHT EASY creates sensations that haunt you long after you've started your next book."--SPINETINGLER
"LOW DOWN DEATH RIGHT EASY is working class fiction at its best. It reeks of desperation, busted dreams, and hard times. But mostly, it reeks of literary talent. Whatever J. David Osborne writes, I'm reading. And you'd better too."--BENJAMIN WHITMER, author of Pike and co-author of Satan is Real: The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers
"J. David Osborne holds a literary style distinctive enough to raise his work above the waterline of contemporary fiction. LOW DOWN DEATH RIGHT EASY challenges and hurts and mystifies its readers. The weave of characters is stunning. Intricate storylines cross and worm through each other to form a dense and powerful mystery."--MANARCHY MAGAZINE
"In LOW DOWN DEATH RIGHT EASY, Osborne reaches out into the scabrous hinterlands of landlocked nowhere to unveil an intertwined collection of reluctant dreamers and three time losers, all trying to get by while navigating rusted out acres of convenience store ice heads, run down bars, and greasy doublewides. Strange, brutal, yet disturbingly familiar, this is the sort of story you can taste on the back of your tongue, and makes you appreciate every last clean and hopeful thing you have in your life."--DARK INTENT
"A highly talented new author. Osborne is one to watch."--BLOODY-DISGUSTING.COM
Get it now at Amazon, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.ca.
Great reviews at OUT OF THE GUTTER, MANARCHY, SPINETINGLER, and BOOKED.
An excerpt at MANARCHY.
Also, if any Portland readers are interested, Powell's should have copies of LDDRE by the end of this week.
And for people on the East coast, J. David will be doing a reading from LDDRE this Monday, March 11th, in New York, along with Sam Pink, Scott McClanahan, and Cameron Pierce. Here are the details at TIME OUT NEW YORK.
Also, EXTINCTION JOURNALS and ALL-MONSTER ACTION! are now available for Kindle!
The newly revised 2012 digital edition of EXTINCTION JOURNALS includes "The Sharp-Dressed Man at the End of the Line," the classic short story explaining the origin of the world's weirdest post-nuke survivor.
The digital edition of ALL-MONSTER ACTION! includes bonus short story "Wet Nurse" as well as "We Need to Make Things More Repulsive: The Early Sketches of Nick Gucker"!
This Monday, March 18th, 2013 I'll be reading at Powell's City of Books on Burnside as part of their annual SMALLPRESSAPALOOZA event. Since my readings tend to run "blue" I've got the late night spot at 9:45pm. Should be great fun.