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Rag and Bone by Joe Clifford

Set in the midst of an unforgiving New England winter, this uncompromising thriller pushes the boundaries of a man’s pursuit of justice to avenge his brother’s death.

When handyman Jay Porter takes a charity assignment from an old friend, he learns of a fire—a fire he is convinced was started by his longtime nemeses, the Lombardi brothers. Propelled by righteous vengeance, Jay discovers that the route to justice will mean taking the law into his own hands.

Perfect for fans of Dennis Lehane

Having spent ten months on the run after he was framed for the murder of an estate-clearing associate, handyman Jay Porter returns to his hometown of Ashton, New Hampshire. During his time as a fugitive, he searched for a hard drive—evidence that would put his longtime nemeses Adam and Michael Lombardi behind bars. But he came up empty handed.

He has nothing. No hard drive, no hope. He hasn’t spoken to his ex-wife and son in almost a year and he’s broke. With his reputation tarnished and employment opportunities nonexistent, Jay takes a charity assignment from old friend/flame Alison Rodgers and learns of a fire at Alison’s former rehab farm. Jay is convinced that the Lombardis started a fire as a scare tactic to pressure Alison to sell. As Jay begins to look into the origins of the fire, he hopes he will finally be able to put away his enemies. But he soon discovers that evil isn’t so easy to define, and that sometimes we need to take the law into our own hands if we want justice.

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Praise for Rag and Bone:

“The writing snaps. The story crackles. The characters are achingly real. I tore through Rag and Bone in a single session. What else can I say? Read Joe Clifford.”
—Meg Gardiner, best-selling author

“Joe Clifford’s Rag and Bone is tough, tight, and engrossing, filled with genuine emotion and unsparing authenticity.”
—Lou Berney, Edgar Award-winning author

Praise for the Jay Porter series:

“An estate recycler picks up the fragments of his life by helping others to pick up theirs. What a brilliant noir concept. And Broken Ground, the newest addition to the terrific Jay Porter series, has brilliant writing to match. ‘Freezing rain pelted the glass, like bb pellets fired from a bully’s tree fort.’ Wow. The depth of the characters. The vividness of the New Hampshire winter setting. The importance of the novel’s theme. Joe Clifford’s a crime writer to pay attention to.”
—David Morrell, New York Times best-selling author

“Clifford paints true-to-life characters with the same gritty touch as the best of Dennis Lehane. Straightforward and edgy, Lamentation gnaws with nail-biting tension on every page. A must-read for contemporary hard-boiled mystery fans.”
—Robert Dugoni, best-selling author

“Joe Clifford’s latest in the Jay Porter series is a tense, emotional tour de force ferried along on a mystery that’s both timely and chilling. Don’t miss this!”
—Jamie Mason, author of Monday’s Lie

“Clifford’s edgy prose and masterful pacing, combined with flawed and profoundly human Jay Porter at the helm, make Broken Ground irresistible.”
—Wendy Walker, author of Emma in the Night

“Joe Clifford writes with empathy, wisdom, and wicked wit about characters at the edge of society, sobriety, and their own tenuous sanity. Broken Ground is a feast, and Jay Porter is a unique noir hero who shines brightly in a dark world.”
—Nick Petrie, author of Light It Up


Jay needed to be a good dad and a good husband, in the past, now at least a good dad and move on in life with new realities, the past never dead, he is must move forward.
Obsessed with seeking out the truth to past and possibly going in too deep now, more hearts to break, including his own, needs to find stability and fortitude.
In setting things right he needs to find the real deal Jay Porter again, it is all going take some struggles and cleaning out garbage.
All clearly layered out in fluid motion with compelling characters and storytelling with Ray Porter’s complexities, with all the lies, coverups, loss, and death he is in conflict with, problems he has to solve and put to rest, inner and outer battles and tragedies, storytelling with the things that people carry.

Award-winning author Joe Clifford was born in Berlin, CT. He now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, Justine, and two sons. He is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University and holds an MFA degree from Florida International University. However, prior to these scholarly accomplishments, Joe had been a heroin and methamphetamine addict-an addiction that landed him homeless on the streets. After ten years, Joe turned his life around. He now uses the backdrop of his own extreme experience to shine a light on the misunderstood and marginalized. No one can write with the authority of Joe Clifford when describing the reality of alcohol and drug abuse. Rag and Bone is the fifth novel in his award-winning Jay Porter series.