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Joe Clifford

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in Lamentation Mountain, CT


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Joe Clifford is acquisitions editor for Gutter Books and producer of Lip Service West, a “gritty, real, raw” reading series in Oakland, CA. Joe is the author of several books, including Junkie Love, Lamentation, and December Boys, as well as editor of Trouble in the Heartland: Crime Stories Based on the Songs of Bruce Springsteen. Joe’s writing can be found at

Dropping Jack Jack off at preschool this morning, I turn out of our cloistered little village, this quaint cul-de-sac of safely tucked away houses, and onto the main thoroughfare off the hill, the bustling Arlington, which is pretty clogged at 8:30 in the morning. Soon as I turn out, squeezing between traffic, I see a man walking, drifting into the road. He’s holding a leash but no animal is at...

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Average rating: 4.07 · 1,924 ratings · 470 reviews · 28 distinct worksSimilar authors
Lamentation (Jay Porter, #1)

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Junkie Love

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December Boys (Jay Porter T...

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Give Up the Dead (Jay Porte...

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Choice Cuts

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Wake the Undertaker

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Broken Ground by Joe Clifford
"Once again Joe Clifford takes us into the freezing winter of his hero's heart. Jay Porter can't catch a break although his heart is pure. I hope the next book shows him on the lam in Florida, just to see how he takes the heat. Always a pleasure."
Broken Ground by Joe Clifford
"A Fast Paced, Emotionally Intense Novel

Joe Clifford writes with insight, compassion, and at times, acerbic humor about characters who are marginalized in society. In Broken Ground, he presents Jay Porter, a flawed protagonist, whose soul is lay ba..." Read more of this review »
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“This is the part they don’t tell you about in the movies. Or in On the Road. This is not rock ’n’ roll.

You are not William Burroughs, and it doesn’t make a damn bit of difference if Kurt Cobain was slumped over in an alleyway in Seattle the day Bleach came out. There is no junkie chic. This is not Soho and you are not Sid Vicious. You are not a drugstore cowboy and you are not spotting trains. You are not a part of anything—no underground sect, no counter-culture movement, no music scene, nothing. You have just been released from jail and are walking down Mission Street, alternating between taking a hit off a cigarette and puking, looking for coins on the ground so you can catch a bus as you shit yourself.”
Joe Clifford, Junkie Love

“Dinner was nice. Not the meal so much. The only restaurant we could find open on Thanksgiving was Denny’s, and you never walk out of Denny’s saying, That was a good decision.”
Joe Clifford, Give Up the Dead

“It’s funny, when you spend your whole life in a small town, people who don’t belong stand out like ten-foot aliens belting show tunes.”
Joe Clifford, Lamentation

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“I know there are some people out there
who think I am supposed to end up
in a room by myself

with a gun and a bottle full of hate,
a locked door and my slack mouth open
like a disconnected phone.

But I hate those people back
from the core of my donkey soul
and the hatred makes me strong
and my survival is their failure,

and my happiness would kill them
so I shove joy like a knife
into my own heart over and over

and I force myself toward pleasure,
and I love this November life
where I run like a train
deeper and deeper
into the land of my enemies.”
Tony Hoagland, What Narcissism Means to Me

“[T]hat his cheating and his bitterness and his cruelty were the revolt of his will ... against a deep-rooted instinct of holiness, against a desire for God that terrified and yet obsessed him.”
W. Somerset Maugham

“They pictured themselves dashing around Manhattan, latte in one hand, cell phone in the other, adorably breaking a designer heel while hailing a cab, and falling into the arms of a charming, disarming soul mate with winningly floppy hair.”
Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl

“Usually, during the past fifteen-odd years, I'd hated to see the morning come. That's a psychotic symptom, you know, not wanting to awaken--hating to face things that are bound to be more than you can handle.”
Jim Thompson, After Dark, My Sweet

“I'm not sneering at sex. It's necessary and it doesn't have to be ugly. But it always has to be managed. Making it glamorous is a billion-dollar industry and it costs every cent of it.”
Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye

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