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City of Grudges captures my hometown of Pensacola, Florida, much the same way Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil immortalized Savannah.” —JOE SCARBOROUGH, Host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, former congressman (R-FL)

“Outzen’s twenty-year experience as a newspaper journalist has shaped him into an innovative and skilled storyteller. His first novel captures the voice of the Deep South in a way that would make Flannery O’Connor proud.” —MIKE PAPANTONIO, Bestselling author of Law and Disorder and Law and Vengeance

“With City of Grudges, Rick Outzen directs the Florida glare onto his adopted city of Pensacola as brilliantly as Carl Hiaasen has done for so many years for South Florida. Corruption, dead bodies, and smooth, wise-cracking dialogue pile up as quickly as cars in a I-10 fender-bender. ”  —W. HODDING CARTER, Author of Stolen Water: Saving the Everglades from Its Friends, Foes, and Florida.

RELEASE DATE:   March 13, 2018

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City of Grudges

For the past decade, Walker Holmes has published the Pensacola Insider, a weekly newspaper that struggles to stay solvent while reporting on corruption, racism and injustice.

Situated on the Florida Panhandle on the Florida-Alabama border, the coastal town has struggled to reach its potential, but progress has always been held back by grudges, many of which have spanned generations.

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Author

RICK OUTZEN  is the publisher and owner of Pensacola Inweekly, an alt- weekly newspaper that published its first issue on July 1, 1999. Six years later, he launched his blog, aptly named “Rick’s Blog,” that quickly became one of the most influential blogs in the state of Florida.

His reporting for The Daily Beast on the Billings murders, a double-homicide that garnered national attention, caught the attention of the New York Times that then profiled him and his blog. He was also featured on Dateline NBC’s segment on the murders, “No Safe Place.”

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Rick’s Blog

Friends of the Saenger will erect and dedicate a historical plaque at the main entrance of the Saenger Theatre in downtown Pensacola at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 230. “This plaque does a wonderful job of encapsulating the long and storied history of the Saenger, and it will help educate ...
A year ago, Caldwell Associates Architects held a public meeting on the proposed $6 million community center for Bayview Park. In an article leading up to the meeting, Micheal Crawford, director of design and partner at Caldwell Associates Architects, told the News Journal that the new facility would be based ...
To help public housing authorities make needed capital improvements to their properties, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today allocated $67.8 million in annual funding to housing authorities in Florida, including $1,166,924 for the Area Housing Commission in Pensacola. The grants are provided through HUD’s Capital Fund Program, ...
In the RFP, the proposed Bayview Community Center is described as “a new one-story, 18,000-square foot facility with parking, landscape and exterior concrete walkways. Facility functional spaces include meeting and exercise rooms, rental multifunction spaces and storage for water-based equipment, including the rental and storage of kayaks, rowing shells and ...
Joann Campbell Delezen, 64, the mother of Inweekly editor Joani Delezen, passed away peacefully Saturday, May 12 in her Milton home. The family is inviting anyone who would like to remember Joann with them to a visitation at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 23 at Lewis Funeral Home, 6405 Highway 90, ...
On Friday, June 1, From the Ground Up Community Garden will officially present a mural by Hand in Hand Creative that lines the garden’s shipping container on 501 N. Hayne St. Hand in Hand Creative is made up of Pensacola natives and collaborative artists, Andrew and Sarah Wilson, who have ...
Gov. Rick Scott has appointed Stephen Pitre to bench in the 1st Judicial Circuit, which is made up of Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties. Pitre, of Gulf Breeze, is a shareholder at Clark, Partington, Hart, Larry, Bond, & Stackhouse, P.A. Pitre has been practicing law for over two ...
Friends have asked that I post my ‘Morning Joe’ interview about my novel ‘City of Grudges.’ Here is the link.
Today, Governor Scott announced nearly $3.5 million will be awarded to support community projects at military installations across the state. Governor Scott said, “Florida is the most military-friendly state in the nation, and as a Navy Veteran myself, I am proud to announce our state will be providing nearly $3.5 ...
A former inmate in the Century Correctional Institution, Ryan Huff, last week filed a federal awsuit against Corizon, the state’s corrections health care services provider, and three of its employees for alleged poor health care he received for colitis that left him with a colostomy bag when he was released. ...

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