“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.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Best Things In Life Are Free … Books

Another week, another freebie giveaway, and this week the generous souls are Hachette Books Ireland, offering three signed copies of Twenty Major’s sophomore novel, ABSINTHE MAKES THE HEART GROW FONDER. First, the blurb elves:
It’s just days after the Folkapalooza concert and having saved the world, Twenty Major is looking forward to some R&R&G (Rest & Relaxation & Guinness) - but little does he know that someone from his murky past is about to surface ... Notorious Dublin gangster Tony Furriskey is calling in his marker. A while ago, he helped Twenty and Jimmy the Bollix out of a hole and the time has come for them to repay the favour ... or end up swimming with the Dublin Bay prawns. Twenty and Jimmy must follow a young man and his pals to Barcelona, where the stag weekend of Tony’s future son-in-law is taking place. Their job is to infiltrate the party and make sure, one way or another, that the wedding doesn’t happen ... In the city of Gaudi and Picasso, Twenty, Jimmy, Stinking Pete and Dirty Dave are more gaudy and pick-arse as they try to enjoy the cheap mojitos and Mediterranean sun, while making sure the job gets done. But Twenty’s Barcelona past is about to catch up with him.
  Nice. To be in with a chance of winning one of these signed copies, just answer the following question.
Was Twenty Major’s debut novel called …?
(a) THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX PARK;
(b) BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX PARK;
(c) THE PHOENIX HAS LANDED IN THE PHOENIX PARK;
(d) THE CORRECT PLURAL OF ALBATROSS IS ‘ALBATROSSI’, NOT ‘ALBATROSSES’.
  Answers via the comment box, leaving a contact email address (using (at) rather than @ to confuse the spam munchkins), before noon on Monday, March 23rd. Et bon chance, mes amis

12 comments:

Keith Rawson said...

(a) THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX PARK

Rafe McGregor said...

A again?

Keith Rawson said...

Pesky e-mail address:
rawsonkeith (at)gmail dot com

Fiona said...

a) The Order of the Phoenix Park

Rather a witty title for a novel that is suitable only for adults. ;)

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Donna said...

A) Sounds just up my warped alley!

bookwitch said...

How can so many people be so wrong? It's D. (For Declan...)

heartbeatoz said...

a) The Order of the Phoenix Park

and a Happy St.Patricks Day from Australia

Jacki

cluelass(at)gmail dot com

Mack said...

The Order of the Phoenix Park was the first. Got to respect a man with a cat named Throatripper.
malundy (at) gmail.com

Eolai said...

...a)

eolai(at)irishkc.com

Anonymous said...

The answer is.....(a).

adrianmarley(at)gmail.com

David Baynham said...

Hmmm, sounds very interesting!

a) The Order of the Phoenix Park


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fan_909 said...

(a) THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX PARK

fan_909 (@) hotmail.com