The Triumphant Return of Ben Drake, Private Detective
Fifteen years ago, Jim Pascoe and I wrote a book together. That book, By the Balls: A Bowling Alley Murder Mystery, became the cornerstone of UglyTown, the independent mystery publishing house we co-founded and ran for more than 12 years.
So today, roughly 15 years after the original By the Balls, I’m pleased to announce that By the Balls: The Complete Collection has now been officially released from Akashic Books and is available for purchase in paperback and a variety of ebook formats at finer booksellers everywhere.
The book collects all the exploits of detective Ben Drake as he investigates cases across the crime-filled landscape of Testacy City. It collects By the Balls and the follow-up Five Shots and a Funeral, as well as a handful of other archival, hard-to-find short stories and two all-new pieces of short fiction, “Fireproof” and “Across the Line,” written specifically for this collection.
If you want to know more, read They Came from UglyTown, an extensive review/interview/discussion with me and Jim about the book, collaboration, and the intersection of writing & publishing, over at Criminal Class Press.