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Joe Clifford


Joe Clifford

After spending the 1990s as a homeless heroin addict in San Francisco, Joe Clifford got off the streets and turned his life around. He earned his MFA from Florida International University in 2008, before returning to the Bay Area, where he currently lives with his wife and two sons. His autobiographical novel, JUNKIE LOVE, chronicles his battle with drugs and was published by Battered Suitcase (2010).

Joe Clifford is acquisitions editor for Gutter Books and producer of Lip Service West, a "gritty, real, raw" reading series in Oakland, CA. His bestselling Jay Porter thriller series (Oceanview Publishing) has received rave reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and the San Francisco Chronicle, among many others. The third in the series, GIVE UP THE DEAD, will be out June 2017. Joe is also editor of TROUBLE IN THE HEARTLAND: Crime Stories Based on the Songs of Bruce Springsteen and the forthcoming JUST TO WATCH HIM DIE: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Johnny Cash. Currently Joe teaches online writing courses for LitReactor and around the country at various conferences and retreats.

Joe Clifford

Books by Joe Clifford

by Joe Clifford - Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

Three years have passed since estate-clearing handyman Jay Porter almost lost his life following a devastating accident on the thin ice of Echo Lake. The traumatic, uncredited events cost him his wife and his son, and left him with a permanent leg injury. Jay is just putting his life back together when a mysterious stranger stops by with an offer too good to be true: a large sum of cash in exchange for finding a missing teenage boy who may have been abducted by a radical recovery group. Skeptical of gift horses and weary of reenlisting in the local drug war, Jay passes on the offer. The next day his boss is found beaten and left for dead, painting Jay the main suspect. As clues begin to tie the two cases together, Jay finds himself back on the job and back in the line of fire.