Josh Weiss, "Beat the Devils"

Main Point Books welcomes debut author Josh Weiss and his alternative-history thriller "Beat the Devils." He'll be joined by special guest Brendan Dubois.

About this event

Main Point loves a launch party, and is thrilled to celebrate Josh Weiss's debut thriller "Beat the Devils."

This is a virtual event and registration is required through Eventbrite. Books can be purchased through Eventbrite or through the link below. Josh will be signing and personalizing books - you can pick up copies at Main Point or have them mailed to you in the U.S.

About the Author

Josh Weiss is a first-time author from South Jersey. Raised in a proud Jewish home, he was instilled with an appreciation for his cultural heritage from a very young age. Today, Josh is utterly fascinated with the convergence of Judaism and popular culture in film, television, comics, literature, and other media. After college, he became a freelance entertainment journalist, writing stories for SYFY WIRE, The Hollywood Reporter, Forbes, and Marvel Entertainment. He currently resides in Philadelphia with his fianceĢe, as well as an extensive collection of graphic T-shirts, movie posters, vinyl records, and a few books, of course.

About the Book

An inventive, page-turning crime thriller set in an alternate United States during the height of the Red Scare--with shocking parallels to America in the 2020s.

USA, 1958. President Joseph McCarthy sits in the White House, elected on a wave of populist xenophobia and barely-concealed anti-Semitism. The country is in the firm grip of McCarthy's Hueys, a secret police force evolved from the House Un-American Activities Committee. Hollywood's sparkling vision of the American dream has been suppressed; its remaining talents forced to turn out endless anti-communist propaganda.

LAPD detective Morris Baker--a Holocaust survivor who drowns his fractured memories of the unspeakable in schnapps and work--is called to the scene of a horrific double-homicide. The victims are John Huston, a once-promising but now forgotten film director, and an up-and-coming young journalist named Walter Cronkite. Clutched in the hand of one of the dead men is a cryptic note containing the phrase "beat the devils" followed by a single name: Baker. Did the two men die in an attack fueled by better-dead-than-red sentiment, as the Hueys are quick to conclude, or were they murdered in a cover-up designed to protect--or even set in motion--a secret plot connected to Baker's past?

In a country where terror grows stronger by the day, and paranoia rises unchecked, Baker is determined to find justice for two men who raised their voices in a time when free speech comes at the ultimate cost. In the course of his investigation, Baker stumbles into a conspiracy that reaches deep into the halls of power and uncovers a secret that could destroy the City of Angels--and the American ideal itself.


Event date: 

Tuesday, March 22, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

Main Point Books


Beat the Devils By Josh Weiss Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538719442
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Grand Central Publishing - March 22nd, 2022