A Novel By
Hugh Lessig

The Book

“Fadeaway Joe is the kind of noir I love: smart, tight, and just the right amount of gritty before giving way to the depths of human connection. The way Hugh builds the relationship between Joe and Paula is excellent, and by the end you’ll be hoping this isn’t the last we see of them together.”

— Rob Hart, award-nominated author of "The Warehouse" and "The Paradox Hotel"

The Author

“Fadeaway Joe” is Hugh Lessig’s debut novel. Hugh’s fiction is fueled by a love for colorful characters and grounded by a career as a reporter. His early short stories have been published in anthologies from Down & Out Books and Thuglit: A Magazine of Noir. Crooked Lane Books is releasing “Fadeaway Joe.” Hugh is a native of Pennsylvania, but has called Virginia home for several years.

Short Stories By Hugh Lessig

His stories can be found in anthologies from Down & Out Books. Those include three volumes of “Mickey Finn: 21st Century Noir”; and “Groovy Gumshoes: Private Eyes in the Psychedelic Sixties.” His second novella, “Hunka, Hunka Burning Rubber," is part of the Chop Shop series also from Down & Out.
Prohibition Peepers Book Cover

Prohibition Peepers

Prohibition Peepers stories are set during and immediately after the end of Prohibition, with private eyes serving clients of all social statuses. These hardboiled and fast-paced tales will have you reaching for your own mason jar of moonshine. This collection includes my story, "Cloths of Heaven."

Groovy Gumshoes

From old-school private eyes with their flat-tops, off-the-rack suits, and well-worn brogues to the new breed of private eyes with their shoulder-length hair, bell-bottoms, and hemp sandals, the shamuses in Groovy Gumshoes take readers on a rollicking romp through the Sixties.

Mickey Finn 21st Century Noir Vol 1

Mickey Finn: 21st Century Noir is a crime-fiction cocktail that will knock readers into a literary stupor. Contributors push hard against the boundaries of crime fiction.

Mickey Finn 21st Century Noir Vol 2

Mickey Finn: 21st Century Noir, Volume 2, the second entry of the hard-hitting anthology series, is a crime-fiction cocktail that will again knock readers into a literary stupor.