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, April 18, 2010

The Best Things In Life Are Free … Books

Pepper Smith has been kind enough to offer CAP two copies of her new novel, BLOOD MONEY, for the purposes of a competition giveaway. First, the blurb elves:
When Patty O’Donnell married her Irish sweetheart and moved from America to her husband’s small home town on the Irish seacoast, the most dangerous things she had to deal with were the half-ton racehorses in her father-in-law’s stables. But when she and her husband return from a late night out to find their house being searched, she discovers there are far worse things lurking in her bucolic surroundings than temperamental Thoroughbreds. The teenage son of a late family friend brings proof of a long forgotten debt owed by the O’Donnells, part of a cargo lost in a shipwreck over a century and a half ago. He wants the cargo salvaged, and quickly, so he can help his mother free herself from her abusive second husband. The O’Donnells are willing, but the search and salvage mission puts them square in the sights of modern-day pirates, who want the salvage for themselves. Suddenly, Patty finds herself hunted and in a fight for her life, where yielding to panic means a swift and ugly death.
  For Chapter One, clickety-click here. Meanwhile, to be in with a chance of winning a free copy of BLOOD MONEY, just answer the following question:
Which Irish author recently released a book entitled BLOOD MONEY? Was it:
  (a) Arlene Hunt;
  (b) Bertie Ahern;
  (c) The Board of Directors at Anglo-Irish Bank?
  Answers in the comment box, please, along with a contact email address (using (at) instead of @ to confound the spam monkeys), before noon on Monday, April 26th. Et bon chance, mes amis


Fiona said...

A for Arlene

noenic at gmail

Thanks Pepper & Declan. Mwah.

SaS said...

Arlene is the answer!
dalysmith at

Anonymous said...

Answer is Arlene Hunt

keithbwalters at

Ta muchly

Heartbeatoz said...

Answer Arlene Hunt according to her Website at

TheQ47 said...

eh, that'd be (a) Arlene Hunt (I think!)



mcglone (dot) family (at) gmail (dot) com

David Baynham said...

That would be a) Arlene Hunt. Celtic Tiger may be fading but there's no diminution of great Irish Noir!

djbaynham (at)

Anonymous said...

Arlene Hunt!

Pepper Smith said...

Just had my husband reach into the bowl and draw two names, and the winners are:

David Baynham

Congratulations! And thank you, one and all, for putting your names in for the drawing. I will email the winners to get their mailing addresses.