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Joe Clifford

Standalones

Junkie Love
Wake the Undertaker

Junkie Love

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Junkie Love

"From the first page, everything you experience through Clifford's graceful yet biting narrative is beautiful and tragic."
   —Ampersand Review

Joe Clifford didn't start drinking beer until he was almost twenty-one years old. By the time he turned twenty-two, he was addicted to methamphetamine; and the heroin wasn't far behind. Soon he'd lose his wife, his job, his home.

Junkie Love follows the roughly ten years Clifford spent wandering the streets of San Francisco and beyond, first as a wannabe rock star, and then as another homeless junkie with his head lost in the stars.

In between are the harrowing events and close calls, the shady characters and the enduring friendships, the redemption and restitution that led Fix Magazine to call Junkie Love "one of top four recovery memoirs" of all time.

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Battered Suitcase Press, paperback, March 2013, ISBN: 9780615782959


Wake the Undertaker

Wake the Undertaker

Wake the Undertaker is a noir thriller set in an alternative, darker Bay Area city. At nineteen, Colin Specter is an up-and-coming singer at The Lone Palm, a nightclub owned by the Christos' crime family, headed by Cephalus "the Old Man" Christos and his ne'er-do-well son, Gabriel. When Colin falls for Gabriel's girl, a stripper named Zoey, Gabriel orders the singer's vocal cords cut and has him take the fall for a crime he didn't commit. After seven years in prison, Colin is manipulated into working for his former tormentors. Gabriel is now estranged from the Old Man, who has branched into the legitimate, lucrative game of pharmaceuticals and politics, and a war between father and son is spilling onto the streets of Bay City. With the aid of a disgraced former newspaperman, Colin investigates the Old Man and delves into the whereabouts of his former love, only to discover that nothing is what it seems in a rain-drenched underworld.

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Createspace, paperback, April 2013, ISBN: 9781484138533

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