Nominated for the 2017 Anthony Award for Best Novella
Tommy Ruzzo is a disgraced NYPD cop who follows his coke fiend girlfriend back to her hometown in Florida. She leaves Ruzzo high and dry just before he's named Head of Security at Precious Acres, a beachfront retirement community populated by wisecracking New Yorkers. Ruzzo is stranded among the local losers until the day he discovers a murdered senior citizen on the Precious Acres bocce ball court.
The bodies pile up as Ruzzo uncovers a dangerous trail of clues that brings everybody in his new world under suspicion.
Praise for CROSSWISE …
"The suspense starts on the first page and doesn't let up. A unique setting with unforgettable characters." — Terrence McCauley, author of Sympathy for the Devil
"Briskly paced and precise as a Sunday crossword, this mystery hooks you fast, reels you in, and keeps you dangling in suspense till the very last page." — Scott Adlerberg, author of Jungle Horses and Graveyard Love
"CROSSWISE stands as a glorious bastard child of Goodfellas and The Golden Girls. It's a taut mystery with a hell of a wicked streak that only further cements S.W. Lauden as one of the best new voices in mystery and crime." — Angel Luis Colón, author of The Fury of Blacky Jaguar
"CROSSWISE grabs you from the jump and doesn't let go. A taut, suspenseful romp through the Redneck Riviera with an entertaining cast of characters. Don't wait for retirement to spend some time at the Precious Acres retirement community. Book your stay today!" — Michael Lister, author of Innocent Blood
"Femme fatale, Florida heat, and clues tougher to figure out than a NY Times Sunday crossword puzzle. S.W. Lauden's CROSSWISE is sun-splashed noir with New York City attitude. A fun read that will keep you guessing until the end." — Matt Coyle, author of the Anthony Award winning Rick Cahill crime series
"With CROSSWISE, S.W. Lauden marches into Carl Hiassen's Florida to mark his territory with whip-crack dialogue, tight plotting, and hellfire pacing all of which will leave you gasping for breath." — Eryk Pruitt, author of Dirtbags and Hashtag