Sunday March 8, 2020
Albuquerque, NM 87106
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The store co-owner signs his new crime novel Upshot and talks about his career as an author.
Organic Books co-owner Steve Brewer signs his new crime novel, UPSHOT, and talks about his decades-long career as an author. UPSHOT, his 32nd published book, is set in Albuquerque and focuses on a heist crew that's knocking over cannabis couriers.
UPSHOT: Anonymous white vans ferry cannabis and cash around Albuquerque, NM, serving the medical marijuana industry. Rick Evert and his crew of heist professionals see the courier business as an opportunity. But how do you stop an armored van? How do you crack open its bulletproof glass? Rick and his guys -- a locksmith, a retired wrestler and a demolition derby driver -- can solve those problems, but they can't account for the human factor. People make mistakes, and this job involves a couple of rookies, including an "inside man." Keeping the newbies out of the hands of the police seems like the most important task, until the robbery victim decides to set a trap of his own. People don't like getting robbed. Sometimes, victims fight back. Occasionally, you come across someone truly evil, someone willing to kill. What's a professional to do then?
STEVE BREWER writes books about crooks. His latest crime novel, UPSHOT, is his 32nd published book. His other novels include the comic Bubba Mabry mysteries and the recent Jackie Nolan thrillers SHOTGUN BOOGIE and HOMESICK BLUES.
His first Bubba book, LONELY STREET, was made into a 2009 comedy starring Robert Patrick, Jay Mohr and Joe Mantegna. Several of his other novels have been optioned by Hollywood.
Under the pen name Max Austin, Brewer wrote three hard-boiled crime stories set in Albuquerque, NM, aka Duke City. DUKE CITY SPLIT, DUKE CITY HIT and Amazon bestseller DUKE CITY DESPERADO were published in 2014-15 by the Alibi imprint at Penguin Random House.
He also wrote the humor books TROPHY HUSBAND and 1500 RULES FOR SUCCESSFUL LIVING.
A former journalist, Brewer now teaches in the Honors College at the University of New Mexico. He and his family own Organic Books in Albuquerque's historic Nob Hill neighborhood.