“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.

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

13 comments:

Kerrie said...

My copy arrived today Declan. But I haven't read the first! They seem to have the same main character - are they a series? Should I read them in order?

Anonymous said...

Hi Dec

The answer I will go with is a) The Cleaner.

Thanks
Fiona

fiona.mccartney(at)oceanfree.net

Mack said...

Oooo, I get to be first.

a. The Cleaner

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Alan Cranis said...

Re: THE DECEIVED

The answer is A. No way on earth could it ever be D.

Keith Rawson said...

the answer is: C) The filipino who comes twice a week

rawsonkeith at g mail dot com

PAG said...

The Cleaner

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norby said...

The answer would be a) The Cleaner

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Mack said...

Kerrie,

I don't know how much back-story Battles gets into in The Deceived but I'm obsessive about reading books in order so I'd recommend reading The Cleaner first. You get a good look at the kind of life he leads, the work he does, his capabilities, etc. The Cleaner is an excellent read.

jmolloy said...

the correct answer is A

Kerrie said...

I was afraid someone was going to say that Mack. I'm high on the anality stakes too :-)

colman said...

(E) the knob polisher, I think but I might be wrong
colman.keane (at) itabuk.com

BousMama said...

The answer is The Cleaner. Thanks for the chance to win!

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Josh Schrank said...

I'm going to have to say the answer is "The Cleaner." However, in academic circles, we simply call him "The Provost." Of course at a Marianist univeristy the provost usually makes more messes than he cleans up as he's trying to clean up the last mess up... which was him trying to clean up the mess up before.., but that is a whole other story. Besides, I think I lost myself somewhere in one of those clean ups.

How's the vacation going?

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