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Bio

Ian Truman is a Franglais author from the East-End of Montreal. He is a fan of  dirty realism, noir, satire, punk, hardcore, hip hop and hopes to mix these genres in all of his works.

A graduate of Concordia University’s creative writing program, he won the 2013 Expozine Awards for best book in English (A TEENAGE SUICIDE). His latest works include GRAND TRUNK AND SHEARER (Down and Out Books), a spot in the MONTREAL NOIR anthology (Akashic Press) as well as the upcoming DOWN WITH THE UNDERDOGS (Down and Out Books).

Praise for Ian Truman

“Truman has an incredible ear for dialogue. There aren’t two pens like his in the writing business.” – Dead End Follies.

“A working class family man strikes a deal with the devil in Ian Truman’s fast-paced, volatile Down With the Underdogs. The result is class warfare on the streets of Montreal. Truman offers an unflinching portrait of a city caught in the throes of gentrification, and one person’s struggle to fight back. An excellent read.” – Sam Wiebe – Author of the Wakeland novels.

Truman captures life on the edges — of culture, of language, of the legal and illegal, of the sane and the mad. And he tells a great story in the process.” – Warren Moore – Author of Broken Glass Waltzes

“It’s authentic, it’s raw, and it’s got heart. It’s a trip worth taking.”
—John McFetridge, author of A Little More Free – about Grand Trunk and Shearer

“The definition of noir is working-class tragedy and GRAND TRUNK AND SHEARER has it aplenty.” – Terri Nolan – THE BIG THRILL – The Magazine of the International Thriller Writers.

“I flew through this book, having fun every step of the way, and was totally unprepared for how hard the ending hit me.” – Renée Pickup – A LitReactor staff pick of 2017.

its down-to-earth raconteur style provides an enduring snapshot of young-adult life in the big city today.” – Winner, Expozine Independent Awards for best English Book. (A Teenage Suicide)

Down with the Underdogs (D’Arcy Kennedy Vol.2) – OUT AUGUST 6th.

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Title: DOWN WITH THE UNDERDOGS

Author: Ian Truman

Format: Trade Paperback ($17.95) and eBook ($7.99)

Print ISBN-13: 978-1-948235-12-9

Publication date: August 6, 2018

An unflinching portrait of working-class noir in the second installment of the D’Arcy Kennedy series.


Synopsis: Gentrification is moving in hard and fast in Montreal’s South-Western districts. D’Arcy Kennedy finds himself out of breath, out of a job and raising a kid in a small home meant for another era.

As the bulldozers take away entire chapters of his life, he turns to old acquaintances for work, leaning in on his hard-earned reputation as a good PI to find employment with the Irish mafia.

But even organized crime is struggling to keep up with the changing landscape of the City. Weed is going legal, trust funds are pushing realtors and people who would have not dared cross the Irish not so long ago now defy them carelessly.

Navigating his past and staking his future on this new life, D’Arcy Kennedy will have to thread a razor thin line between the law, loyalty and his own family if he wants a place for him and his own at the end of it all.


Advance Praise for DOWN WITH THE UNDERDOGS:

“A working class family man strikes a deal with the devil in Ian Truman’s fast-paced, volatile Down with the Underdogs. The result is class warfare on the streets of Montreal. Truman offers an unflinching portrait of a city caught in the throes of gentrification, and one person’s struggle to fight back. An excellent read.” —Sam Wiebe, author of the Wakeland novels.

“Truman captures life on the edges—of culture, of language, of the legal and illegal, of the sane and the mad. And he tells a great story in the process.” —Warren Moore, author of Broken Glass Waltzes


Meet the Author: Ian Truman is a novelist, poet, and visual artist from the East-End of Montreal. He is a fan of dirty realism, noir, satire, punk, hardcore and hopes to mix these genres in all of his works.

A graduate of Concordia University’s creative writing program, he won the 2013 Expozine Awards for best book in English (A Teenage Suicide). His latest works include Grand Trunk and Shearer (Down & Out Books) and a story in the Montreal Noir anthology (Akashic Press).


In its eighth year as an independent publisher of award-winning literary and crime fiction, Down & Out Books is based in Tampa, FL. To obtain an eARC (PDF, mobi, epub) for review, to coordinate an interview with the author, or to find out more information about this book, contact lance@downandoutbooks.com. Learn more about Down & Out Books at DownAndOutBooks.com.

 

Montreal Noir

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Brand-new stories by: Patrick Senécal, Tess Fragoulis, Howard Shrier, Michel Basilières, Rob Pobi, Samuel Archibald, Geneviève Lefebvre, Ian Truman, Johanne Seymour, Arjun Basu, Martin Michaud, Melissa Yi, Catherine McKenzie, Peter Kirby, and Brad Smith.

Montreal is noir, the birthplace of Leonard Cohen, Saul Bellow, Michel Tremblay, Mordecai Richler, and Oscar Peterson. It’s unsettling, it’s subversive, it’s palpable, but it’s never obvious. Montreal’s long history is dominated by cultures coming together, almost. And coming apart, almost. And continuing, always. Here, French and English writers explore the underside of the Sin City of the north.

From the introduction by John McFetridge and Jacques Filippi:

One of the oldest cities in North America, Montreal seems to be in a constant state of flux, changing its personality every few decades. Today Montreal has its own language, Franglais (or Frenglish), and maybe the first word spoken in that language was noir . . .

This collection, with voices of French and English writers, visits many neighborhoods and combines them into something that is, if not totally coherent, at least as coherent as the beautiful mess that is Montreal . . . Each neighborhood is different, and of course, each Montrealer (Montréalais) is different, making up the pieces of the mosaic of our city. Some are bright and shiny, others are darker and somber, but all have a shadow in the noir. 2017 marks Montreal’s 375th birthday, and we’re pleased to add this collection to the literary life of an amazing city.

 

Grand Trunk and Shearer (D’Arcy Kennedy Vol. 1)

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When Cillian Kennedy’s body was fished out of the canal, no one believed his death was due to natural causes.

But when the police wrote it off as an accidental death, four of his friends and family roamed the city in the search of any clue that may lead to the killer.

Answers were found down dead end roads, on the edge of the industrial harbour front, in an abandoned building now a crack den, through obscure networks of anti-racist skinheads, the racist Heritage Front, former gay bashers, the flailing Irish mob and the Mohawk MMA circuit.

Featuring some of Montreal’s most notorious neighbourhoods, and told in a uniquely gritty raconteur voice, GRAND TRUNK AND SHEARER offers more than the typical run-of-the-mill mystery novel. At a crossroads between noir, private eye and literary fiction, it is a book that will please those who have come to ask more of the genre with profound characterization, down to earth style, minimalist setting, believable violence and flawless dialogue.

***Praise for Grand Trunk and Shearer***

“D’Arcy Kennedy’s search for his brother’s killer is a gut-wrenching trip into a world of people left behind by gentrification, forgotten by changing politics and trying to hang onto what little family they have left. It’s authentic, it’s raw, and it’s got heart. It’s a trip worth taking.”
—John McFetridge, author of A Little More Free

“The definition of noir is working-class tragedy and GRAND TRUNK AND SHEARER has it aplenty.” – Terri Nolan – THE BIG THRILL – The Magazine of the International Thriller Writers.

“I flew through this book, having fun every step of the way, and was totally unprepared for how hard the ending hit me.” – Renée Pickup – A LitReactor staff pick of 2017.

SALAD DAYS (no longer available )

  • I still believe A Teenage Suicide and The Factory line deserve a re-write/re-edit maybe someday maybe… the poetry will likely go to a limited print silkscreen project.I just know I’m done with Kindle Direct Publishing…

A Teenage Suicide

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WINNER : 2013 Expozine Alternative Press Award for Best English Book – Montreal, Canada

“All they really wanted to do was fuck around, be creative, listen to music, skateboard or go to shows. People kept telling them growing up was supposed to be tough but it’s not like they didn’t know that already. Timmy had listened. Timmy had finished school and got himself a job. That didn’t stop him from running his van into a pillar one night so what was the fucking use? Nobody seemed to have an answer.“

Conor and his friends are growing up in a one factory town where the most likely employment prospect is the assembly line or the farmer’s coop. Aiming higher than the local college, Conor finds himself spending more and more time in downtown Montreal, discovering himself through punk and hardcore music. But as his girlfriend wants nothing to do with the city and his friend Jake loses his brother when the factory closes, Conor’s ambitions could require him to burn bridges he might not be ready to burn.

With A TEENAGE SUICIDE, Ian wanted to write a story about kids making decisions and kids making mistakes. Stylistically, it is fair to mention influences of Truman Capote and Mordecai Richler. Imagine of the “cold-hard-fact” descriptions of In Cold Blood mixed with the realistic and witty dialogue of The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz.

Ian Truman is a hardcore kid turned writer. He proudly claims to be from a working class family and has been straight edge and vegetarian for at least a decade now. He hopes to bring the passion, verve and dedication of hardcore into the art form of the novel. Born and raised in Montreal, he is a graduate of Concordia University’s creative writing program. A Teenage Suicide is his third novel.

“Ian Truman doesn’t lecture young minds. He rather speaks with them as he explains the beauties and the hardships of adult life in their own words. A TEENAGE SUICIDE will fascinate the young and bring a wave of nostalgia to the old better than a cool summer night can.” – Benoit Lelièvre, Dead End Follies.

“Truman’s third self-published novel follows a group of friends working through late adulthood issues of identity, depression, and lots of tough choices. Set in and around Montreal and in particular its punk, art, activist and student scenes, its down-to-earth raconteur style provides an enduring snapshot of young-adult life in the big city today.” – Expozine Awards (about A Teenage Suicide)

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