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In DOWN TO NO GOOD, the sequel to Down Solo, PI Charlie Miner, freshly revived from his own murder, gets a call from Homicide Detective Dave Putnam. Self-styled “psychic to the stars” Tamara Gale has given crucial information about three murders, and the brass thinks it makes the Department look bad. Dave wants Charlie to help figure out the angle, since he has first-hand experience with the inexplicable. Trouble is, Charlie, just weeks after his full-death experience, once again has severe cognitive problems and may get them both killed.

DOWN TO NO GOOD author, Earl Javorsky, spent some time with The Big Thrill discussing his latest novel:

What do you hope readers will take away from this book?

A few hours of entertainment, maybe a laugh or two, and a lingering thought about addiction and our misguided approach to it.

How does this book make a contribution to the genre?

It is basically hardboiled with a supernatural twist, though I prefer to call it Metaphysical Noir–If you can accept the premise (Charlie Miner can reanimate his body and solve crimes), you’ll be in new territory within the genre.

What authors or books have influenced your career as a writer, and why?

James Lee Burke, not only for his prose and beautifully structured novels, but also for his insight into human nature. Then there’s the anti-Burke, Elmore Leonard, for leaving out the stuff readers tend to skip over. Also: Borges, JG Ballard, Michael Gruber, John Le Carre, Graham Greene, and so many more…


Earl Javorsky was born in Berlin and immigrated to the US when he was two. He grew up in Los Angeles and attended the local community college and UCLA. He then went to Emerson College, a teacher training school in England. Besides having written two published novels, he has created strategically optimized content (blogs, feature articles, and web pages) for treatment centers throughout the country, taught music at Pepperdine University (Malibu campus), worked in technical sales and marketing, and been employed as a writer for several Hollywood entertainment periodicals. Additionally, he has worked as an editor and/or proofreader for several publishers, including The Story Plant, BelleBooks, and The Learning Company, as well as (on the technical side) The Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America.

To learn more about Earl, please visit his website.