Down the Darkest Street: A Pete Fernandez Mystery

Down the Darkest Street cover


Alex Segura
Down the Darkest Street: A Pete Fernandez Mystery
(Polis Books, April 2016)

Alex Segura tour schedule



His life – professional and personal – is in ruins. His best friend is dead. His newspaper career is past tense. His ex is staying with him as her own marriage crumbles. On top of that, the former journalist finds himself in the eye of a dangerous storm; investigating a missing girl with an unexpected partner and inching closer and closer to a vicious, calculating killer cutting a swath of blood across Miami – while at the same time battling his own personal demons that refuse to be silenced.

Down the Darkest Street, the hard-boiled sequel to Alex Seguras acclaimed debut, Silent City, tells a tale of redemption, survival and the sordid backstreets of Miami – while asking the question that many are too scared to answer: When faced with pure darkness, would you fold or fight?

The Pete Fernandez Mysteries

Silent City cover     Down the Darkest Street cover     Dangerous Ends cover     Blackout cover


More with Pete Fernandez

bad beat     51FZLe-K2OL


Praise for Down the Darkest Street

“With a damaged-yet-resilient hero, the meanest of streets and the twistiest of crimes, Alex Segura’s tense and taut Down the Darkest Street is a quintessential hardboiled tale, straight down the line. A series not to be missed.”
—Megan Abbott, bestselling author of The Fever

“Segura’s Down The Darkest Street is pitch perfect in the key of hard-boiled. A sublime blend of flawed protagonist, hot house setting, and gritty narrative.”
—Reed Farrel Coleman, New York Times bestselling author of Where It Hurts

“Alex Segura’s riveting debut, Silent City, introduced the world to Pete Fernandez, a washed-up newsman who haunts the mean streets of Miami like the ghost of the better man he longs to be. In his white-knuckled follow-up, Down The Darkest Street, Pete hits bottom hard enough to leave a crater, only to discover he has further yet to fall. At once a harrowing crime novel and a deeply human tale of struggle and redemption, Segura’s latest will keep you guessing—and gasping—until you’ve turned the final page.”
—Chris Holm, bestselling author of The Killing Kind

Down The Darkest Street is squalid, sun-drenched noir at its best. Alex Segura’s Pete Fernandez is a mess, but you’ll root for him until the last page.”
—Kelly Braffet, bestselling author of Save Yourself

“Alex Segura has delivered a haymaker of a book. Down the Darkest Street is a sweltering, raw story told through the eyes of one of my new favorite characters, Pete Fernandez. This is real noir — pulling no punches.”
—Wally Rudolph, author of Mighty, Mighty

“So many writers have tried to reinvent the PI novel in recent years that it’s refreshing to be reminded it was never broken. Down the Darkest Street is classic PI fiction in the best sense, with a vibrant setting and a character who’s so much more than the sum of his flaws. Larger-than-life has its charms, but Alex Segura shows us how riveting a human-scale story can be.”
—Laura Lippman, New York Times bestselling author of Wilde Lake

“Segura (has) an edgystorytelling style, snappy dialogue, and a cast of salty characters. A really fine crime story.”


Read the Los Angeles Review of Books review of Down the Darkest Street

Featured in Publisher’s Weekly Spring Mystery Preview

Alex Segura talks Florida, Archie Comics and Down the Darkest Street with Newsarama

Read the Crimespree Magazine interview with Alex Segura

Listen to an except from the Down the Darkest Street audiobook

​Read the Comic Vine interview with Alex Segura​

Read the DNAinfo article about Alex Segura and Down the Darkest Street

Read The Guardian profile of Alex Segura​

Read the Lori Rader-Day interview with Alex Segura

Read the Washington Post profile of Alex Segura

Read the Huffington Post interview with Alex Segura

Alex Segura answers live questions from fans on Reddit

Read the AM New York  interview with Alex Segura

Read Alex Segura’s essay on Miami as the perfect setting for a crime novel on The Daily Beast

Read the Miami Herald‘s review of Down the Darkest Street

Read PRWeek‘s profile of Alex Segura

Read Out of the Gutter‘s review of Down the Darkest Street

Read Alex Segura’s essay ‘8 Crime Fiction Characters from Florida’ on Mental Floss

Read the Toronto Star‘s review of Down the Darkest Street

Read the Ain’t It Cool interview with Alex Segura

The Strand Magazine recommended Down the Darkest Street

Read Segura’s essay on ten of the best Private Eyes on The Strand Magazine

Library Journal talks mystery genre and recommends Down the Darkest Street

Read the’s review of Down the Darkest Street

Read Alex Segura’s essay on finding the balance while writing and parenting on Terribleminds

Read Crimespree Magazine‘s review of Down the Darkest Street

Read My Bookish Ways‘s review of Down the Darkest Street

Read the 13th Dimension interview with Alex Segura

Read an excerpt of Down the Darkest Street on Angels Flight Literary West

Read the first chapter of Down the Darkest Street on Criminal Element

Read The Big Thrill interview with Alex Segura

Read Bleeding Cool‘s spotlight on Alex Segura

Listen to Alex Segura’s music playlist for Down the Darkest Street on The Largehearted Boy

Read the Den of Geek interview with Alex Segura

Read the Forest Hills Times interview with Alex Segura

Read Alex Segura’s interview with Chris Irvin

Read the Sons of Spade review of Down the Darkest Street

Read Kevin’s Corner‘s review of Down the Darkest Street

Read the Tuffgnarl interview with Alex Segura

Read La Bloga’s interview with Alex Segura

Alex Segura talks PR, Archie Comics, and Down the Darkest Street with Litreactor

Read the Bad Citizen Corporation interview with Alex Segura

Read Alex Segura’s interview with Steph Post

Read Alex Segura’s interview with Elizabeth A. White

Read ‘A Day in the Life of Pete Fernandez’ by Alex Segura on Dru’s Book Musings

Read Alex Segura’s essay ‘Two Books and a Little Baby’ on The Word Nerds

Read Alex Segura’s essay on obsessions as fuel on The Sirens of Suspense


Alex Segura is a novelist, editor, and comic book writer. He is the author of the Miami noir novel Silent City, which is the first of a series featuring protagonist Pete Fernandez. Alex has also written the best-selling and critically acclaimed Archie Meets KISS comic series and graphic novel, among others. He is the editor of the Dark Circle line of comic books. Alex performs regularly in New York as part of the indie rock group Faulkner Detectives. He lives in New York with his wife and two cats. He is a Miami native.