Praise for Declan Burke: “Burke shows again that he’s not just a comic genius, but also a fine dramatic writer and storyteller.” – Booklist. “Proust meets Chandler over a pint of Guinness.” – Spectator. “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.

Monday, July 14, 2008

The Best Things In Life Are Free … Books

You know the score, folks. They give us free copies, you make with the funnies, three people get a free book – but everyone’s a winner. This week it’s the turn of Brett Battles, whose THE DECEIVED is currently parachuting onto a shelf near you, with the blurb elves wittering thusly:
As a professional ‘cleaner’, Jonathan Quinn disposes of bodies and ties up loose ends. Doesn’t get his hands dirty, no wet work. But when he discovers he’s been hired to vanish all traces of Steven Markoff, one of his best friends who just happened to work for the CIA, his job suddenly hits too close to home. This time, it’s personal. Quinn is determined to get justice for Markoff. Plus, now, Markoff’s girlfriend Jenny, who had been an assistant to an ambitious Congressman, has also disappeared. Racing from the corridors of power in Washington to the bustling streets of Singapore - along with his smart, eager apprentice Nate and brilliant, beautiful Orlando, his closest friend who’s saved his life more than once - events quickly spiral dangerously out of control. With an addictive momentum and fascinating characters, THE DECEIVED takes us on a thrilling, nerve-wracking journey.
Lovely. To be in with a chance of winning a copy of THE DECEIVED, just answer the following question. Was Brett Battles’ debut novel called:
(a) THE CLEANER;
(b) THE CHARWOMAN;
(c) THE FILIPINO WHO COMES TWICE A WEEK;
(d) ACTUALLY, MY HUSBAND DOESN’T EVEN NOTICE DIRT SO I DON’T BOTHER THAT MUCH, REALLY.
Answers in the comment box please, with an email contact address (using (at) rather than @ to confuse the spam munchkins) before noon on Wednesday, July 16. Et bon chance, mes amis