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.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

The Best Things In Life Are Free … Books

The wonderful folk at Penguin / Michael Joseph have offered us three copies of Andrew Taylor’s latest tome BLEEDING HEART SQUARE to give away, with the blurb elves wittering thusly:
‘If Philippa Penhow hadn’t gone to Bleeding Heart Square on that January day, you and perhaps everyone else might have lived happily ever after ...’ It’s 1934, and the decaying London cul-de-sac of Bleeding Heart Square is an unlikely place of refuge for aristocratic Lydia Langstone. But as she flees her abusive marriage there is only one person she can turn to – the genteelly derelict Captain Ingleby-Lewis, currently lodging at No 7. However, unknown to Lydia, a dark mystery haunts 7 Bleeding Heart Square. What happened to Miss Penhow, the middle-aged spinster who owns the house and who vanished four years earlier? Why is a seedy plain-clothes policeman obsessively watching the square? What is making struggling journalist Rory Wentwood so desperate to contact Miss Penhow? And why are parcels of rotting hearts being sent to Joseph Serridge, the last person to see Miss Penhow alive ...? Legend has it the Devil once danced in Bleeding Heart Square – but is there now a new and sinister presence lurking in its shadows?
Oooh, spooky. To be in with a chance of winning a copy of BLEEDING HEART SQUARE, just answer the following question.
Is Andrew Taylor:
(a) a devilishly handsome cove?
(b) a handsomely covish devil?
(c) writing all gonzo-like, because he – plot spoiler alert! – is in fact the devil who once danced in Bleeding Heart Square?
Answers via the comment box, including an email contact address (please use (at) instead of @), before noon on Wednesday, June 4. Et bon chance, mes amis


David Baynham said...

I loved "An American Boy" and have enjoyed the crime/thriller books so I'll opt for a, b, and c. He certainly writes like the devil-maybe he sold his soul?

Don Anderson said...

I vote for (c), because there just never seems to be enough gonzo to go around.


norby said...

I'm going for c-seems as good a reason as any...

norby871 (at)

Josh Schrank said...

tut... The devil is a she, and I was married to her once upon a time, so b and c are out of the question. Obviously then, the answer is A. .... even if I have no clue what a cove is, but I'm sure he's a handsome one nonetheless.

Mack said...

After extensive research using all of my librarian skills I have to agree with Mr. Baynham above, the answer must be a, b, and c.

Keith Rawson said...

it's gotta be the big C

rawsonkeith at gmail dot com

Seoman said...

Is it C?

David Baynham said...

Dec, Forgot the email-the devil made me do it!


Mack said...

Ooops, forgot email address.

Still think a, b, anc c apply