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.

By the Balls: The Complete Collection

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.

And if you’re in Los Angeles on Friday night (April 5), please come see us at Skylight Books for the official By the Balls launch. It starts at 7:00 p.m.

 

Written by Tom Fassbender

An amateur hobbyist, expert generalist, and outdoor enthusiast who recently traveled around the world with his family.

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