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Cocktail Noir  
Apr. 24, 2014
Author:  Scott Deitche
Category:  Non-fiction: Pop Culture
Description:  The relationship between drink and the written word has been a love affair for centuries. The stories are legendary; the intertwining of the tormented artist and the salvation of the bottle, the scribe and his muse in a bottle, and the inexorable stereotype of a crook-backed wordsmith crouched over a keyboard, alternating sentences and swigs. The relationship between organized crime and liquor doesn't go back quite as far, but it's even clearer. Prohibition gave the mob the push it needed to run crime in America for over 80 years. And from those speakeasies where novelists got their inspiration for some of the most famous private eyes and crusading cops, and journalists began chronicling America's fascination with the Mafia, comes Cocktail Noir. It's a look at favorite drinks of crime writers and criminals.
Now is the time of the cocktail. The recent resurgence in cocktail culture, ignited by an amalgamation of disparate forces- television shows like Mad Men, the locavore movement which stresses locally-made and locally-owned, higher profile given to mixologists, and a general trend towards looking for unique and exotic liquors. And the fascination with the underworld and dark corners and alleys has never been greater, with the rise of neo-noir movies, and the continuing popularity of gangster movies and television shows like Boardwalk Empire.

Cocktail Noir is at first glance, a fresh and lively look at authors who write about crime, both fact and fiction. But it delves deeper into pre-Prohibition era cocktails, seedy bars where writers and wiseguy rubbed elbows, and finally to the larger than life underworld figures that not only inspired so many great novelists, but helped hone the craft of true crime masters.
Each entry highlights types of liquor, with recipes for favorite cocktails of scribes throughout the years, from classical authors to the top of the latest bestseller lists. It's the perfect marriage of creative ideas in writing and creative ideas in mixology, catering to lovers of the well-written word and the well-mixed drink. Favorite cocktails and other potent potables from NY Times bestselling authors Lisa Unger and Dennis Lehane, to true crime writers like T.J. English, will be featured. Interspersed with the recollections of writers will be recipes or some of their favorite cocktails, and histories of the various liquors, wines, and beer.

Cocktail Noir will be 50,000 words with photos of the authors and gangsters and easy to follow drink recipes for the home mixologist.

Rights available:  All
Other information:  Scott M. Deitche is the author of 5 books and on organized crime, including Cigar City
Mafia: A Complete History of the Tampa Underworld, and The Silent Don: The World of
Santo Trafficante Jr. He has also written dozens of articles for local and national
magazines and newspapers, including the regular column Scott Deitche's Libation Lounge
for Cigar City Magazine, a column devoted to spirits and unusual cocktails. Scott has
been featured on The Discovery Channel, The History Channel, A&E, C-SPAN, and both
national and local news and radio shows. Scott lives in St. Petersburg, FL. with his

Scott's favorite cocktail is the Negroni.

Contact:  Gina Panettieri
Talcott Notch Literary Services
phone: 203-876-4959
fax: 203-876-9517
2 Broad Street, Second Floor, Suite 10, Milford, CT 06460
Item number:  9426
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