“Prose both scabrous and poetic.” – Publishers Weekly. “Proust meets Chandler over a pint of Guinness.” – Spectator. “A sheer pleasure.” – Tana French. “Among the most memorable books of the year, of any genre.” – Sunday Times. “A hardboiled delight.” – Guardian. “Imagine Donald Westlake and Richard Stark collaborating on a screwball noir.” – Kirkus Reviews. “A cross between Raymond Chandler and Flann O’Brien.” – John Banville. “The effortless cool of Elmore Leonard at his peak.” – Ray Banks. “A fine writer at the top of his game.” – Lee Child.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

The Best Things In Life Are Free … Books

The good people at Serpent’s Tail have been kind enough to offer us three copies of Aifric Campbell’s critically acclaimed debut THE SEMANTICS OF MURDER to give away, so the least we can do is quote their blurb elves. To wit:
Jay Hamilton lives a comfortable life in fashionable west London, listening to the minor and major dysfunctions of the over-privileged clients who frequent his psychoanalysis practice. But the darker recesses of his own psyche would not stand up to close examination: his brother Richard, a genius professor of mathematical linguistics, was apparently killed by rent boys in Los Angeles and Jay was the first on the scene. Author, Dana Flynn is determined to scratch beneath the surface while researching a biography she intends to write about Richard, and finds that Jay’s professional life is as precarious as his personal relationships - he uses his clients’ case studies as material for his fiction writing. Such is Jay’s hunger for recognition as a creative force that he exploits the vulnerables he counsels, and a decision not to intervene when a troubled patient steals a baby causes his past to unravel.
Lovely. To be in with a chance of winning a copy of THE SEMANTICS OF MURDER, just answer the following question.
During her teenage years, did Aifric Campbell have a prize-winning ...
(a) science project;
(b) greyhound;
(c) afro?
Answers via the comment box, along with an email address (please use (at) rather than @), before noon on Tuesday, May 6. Et bon chance, mes amis

14 comments:

Keith Rawson said...

During her teenage years, did Aifric Campbell have a prize-winning ...

I'm going to have to say. . .

C) afro?

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Gerard Brennan said...

I've got this one, so I'll not put my name in the hat for it. Just want to say it's a darn good 'un and good luck to all the entrants.

(Pssst - you'll find the answer to the question over at CSNI)

gb

Don Anderson said...

b; greyhound

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Fiona said...

a - song contests are not scientific
b - yes
c - hthsik - her hair is straight now and she's celtic, but on a humid day my own celtic locks can do a mean afro impression.

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Fiona said...

a - song contests are not scientific
b - yes
c - hthsik - her hair is straight now and she's celtic, but on a humid day my own celtic locks can do a mean afro impression.

noenic(at)gmail

Anonymous said...

I got it, greyhound, it has to be greyhound. Dogs and women, what a combination. Can't beat them, can't shoot them. Gotta have them together!

Love to Lilliput and all her sweet dreams

Mack said...

b. Greyhound
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It would have been pretty cool if, as part of a prize winning science project, she put an afro on her greyhound.

Patricia J. Hale said...

I'm in...

The answer is b).

Psychiatrist gone wild. Sounds good (I mean, sick).

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Bob said...

It's a greyhound innit!

bob.burke(at)elivefree.net

btw, thanks for personalising my copy of The Big O - a better book I've yet to read this year. Is that smarmy enough for preferential treatmernt!!!

Anthony Browne said...

i understand every body in dublin has gone to the dogs. so i will go with prize winning grey hound.

i am now a conformist and have used the comment box . hope i will not have to set my underweight king charles spaniel on you .

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Ally K said...

Hmmm... just hazarding a guess but is the answer

b) Greyhound.

Its not cheating to read everyone elses comments surely...

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Josh Schrank said...

do you get counted twice if you answer twice?? I think those types should be disqualified...

Rosie said...

(b)

and a snigger at Mack's comment too... (the word verification agrees - funnah)

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norby said...

I believe the answer to this question is b) greyhound.

Ignore Josh, he just likes to cause trouble.

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