Bio: Anthony Neil Smith is the author of PSYCHOSOMATIC, THE DRUMMER, YELLOW MEDICINE, HOGDOGGIN', and CHOKE ON YOUR LIES. He directs the creative writing program at Southwest Minnesota State University, where he is an Associate Professor of English. He's also the publisher of the crime/noir e-zine PLOTS WITH GUNS (

Product description: Deputy Billy Lafitte is not unfamiliar with the law—he just prefers to enforce it, rather than abide by it. But his rule-bending and bribe-taking have gotten him kicked off the force in Gulfport, Mississippi, and he’s been given a second chance—in the desolate, Siberian wastelands of rural Minnesota. Now Billy’s only got the local girls and local booze to keep him company.

Until one of the local girls—cute little Drew, bassist for a psychobilly band—asks Billy for help with her boyfriend. Something about the drugs Ian’s been selling, some product he may have lost, and the men who are threatening him because of it. Billy agrees to look into it, and before long he’s speeding down a snowy road, tracking a cell of terrorists, with a severed head in his truck’s cab. And that’s only the start.

Q: What will e-readers like about your book? They'll be drawn in by Billy Lafitte, a bad cop gone worse who still has a powerful charm that will keep the reader riveted as they watch him try to balance his desire to save his own ass versus wanting to protect those he cares about.

Q: Why did you go indie? I've been able to get the e-rights to my entire backlist, and YELLOW MEDICINE is one of those, originally in print in 2008. But I've gone indie with them because I wanted to go directly to the readers dirt cheap. The prices of Kindle indies remind me of the cheap old paperbacks from the 50sand 60s, and I've found amazing work for very little cash.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre? I'd like Billy Lafitte to be thought of as a throwback to the old Shell Scott, Johnny Liddell, and Matt Helm pulp novels. Donald Hamilton wrote some excellent books, and reading Frank Kane and Richard Prather is a lot of fun.

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