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, August 24, 2008

The Best Things In Life Are Free … Books

Michael Joseph / Penguin are the metaphorical Magwitch-style benefactors of this week’s giveaway comp, and they’re offering you – yes, YOU! – the chance to win one of three copies of Kevin Lewis’ latest novel, FALLEN ANGEL. First, the blurb elves:
DI Stacey Collins has seen the darker side of humanity all too often. A single mum and former child from the grim Blenheim estate, she knows only too well what terrors the world can hold. But even her jaded eyes have never witnessed a crime of such unspeakable horror. A body, broken and lifeless, is found in the gloom of a London church. Kidnapped and horrifically murdered, young Daniel Wright never knew his tormentor. And it is only the beginning. Soon Collins finds herself both haunted by the demons of her past and battling in the name of innocence itself. Some angels never find their path to heaven ...
  So there you have it. To be in with a chance of winning a copy of FALLEN ANGEL, just answer the following question.
Is the best movie ever made with ‘angel’ in the title:
(a) Angels With Dirty Faces;
(b) Angel Heart;
(c) Der Blaue Engel;
(d) Tupac Shakur: Thug Angel;
(e) The Angel, The Bicycle and The Chinaman’s Finger?
  Answers via the comment box, please, leaving a contact email address (using (at) rather than @ to confuse the spam-munchkins), by noon on Tuesday, August 26th. Et bon chance, mes amis


David Baynham said...

c) Der blaue engel, because it made Dietrich famous and brought her to Hollywood where she soon made "Destry Rides Again", a great film.


Dana King said...

Gotta be Angel Heart. The ultimate Mickey Rourke greasy hair low-life antihero role. And Charlotte Rampling, too. Something for the whole family.

danaking1 (at)

Anonymous said...

B - Angel Heart

pguzzo (at)

Keith Rawson said...

Of course the answer is:
(a) Angels With Dirty Faces

rawsonkeith at g mail dot com

Declan Burke said...

Can't believe no one's voting for Tupac. What's wrong with you people? Cheers, Dec

Anonymous said...

Well,since I won the last contest (yay!)I won't participate in this one,but to favor Angel Heart over Der blaue Engel or Angels With Dirty Faces...
words fail me.

Declan Burke said...

Marco, squire, I'm still waiting for your address ... Cheers, Dec

Anonymous said...

Really? I've sent it yesterday.I hope it doesn't mean that I've catched some virus and your antivirus is blocking me or something.
I've sent it again,let me know when/if it arrives.