In the depths of the Knight Hawk, one of the last working collieries in downstate Illinois, the body of a reporter is found, his mini-recorder tied around his neck and a notepad stuffed in his mouth. In order to protect himself, the Knight Hawk's owner, Matthew Luster, turns to Slim, a mine employee with a reputation for "bloodhounding" finding lost souls when the police can't or won't, to track down a possible lead.
A hardworking single father barely making ends meet, Slim accepts the job after Luster promises a pension and job security. But when you make a deal with the devil, you're going to get burned. Slim is led to the grimy underworld of Little Egypt, Illinois a Babel's Tower of rednecks, rubes, freaks, tweakers, gun nuts, and aging hippies and it quickly becomes clear that he's much more involved in the murder than an innocent man should be.
Down Don't Bother Me marks the emergence of a wildly assured mystery novelist, and of a series set in the fresh and brutal landscape of southern Illinois."