“Declan Burke is his own genre. The Lammisters dazzles, beguiles and transcends. Virtuoso from start to finish.” – Eoin McNamee “This bourbon-smooth riot of jazz-age excess, high satire and Wodehouse flamboyance is a pitch-perfect bullseye of comic brilliance.” – Irish Independent Books of the Year 2019 “This rapid-fire novel deserves a place on any bookshelf that grants asylum to PG Wodehouse, Flann O’Brien or Kyril Bonfiglioli.” – Eoin Colfer, Guardian Best Books of the Year 2019 “The funniest book of the year.” – Sunday Independent “Declan Burke is one funny bastard. The Lammisters ... conducts a forensic analysis on the anatomy of a story.” – Liz Nugent “Burke’s exuberant prose takes centre stage … He plays with language like a jazz soloist stretching the boundaries of musical theory.” – Totally Dublin “A mega-meta smorgasbord of inventive language ... linguistic verve not just on every page but every line.Irish Times “Above all, The Lammisters gives the impression of a writer enjoying himself. And so, dear reader, should you.” – Sunday Times “A triumph of absurdity, which burlesques the literary canon from Shakespeare, Pope and Austen to Flann O’Brien … The Lammisters is very clever indeed.” – The Guardian

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Best Things In Life Are Free … Books

The good people at Quercus are offering three free copies of THREE SECONDS by Roslund and Hellström, said pair being a journalist and creator of Sweden’s number one cultural TV program, Kulterkanna, and an ex-criminal who founded a criminal rehabilitation program in Sweden, respectively. First, the blurb elves:
Piet Hoffman is the best undercover operative in the Swedish police force, but only one other man is even aware of his existence. When an amphetamine deal he is involved in goes badly wrong, he is faced with the hardest mission of his life: to infiltrate Sweden’s most infamous maximum security prison. Detective Inspector Ewert Grens is charged with investigating the drug-related killing. Unaware of Hoffman’s real identity, he believes himself to be on the trail of a dangerous psychopath. But he cannot escape the feeling that vital information pertaining to the case has been withheld or manipulated. Hoffman has his insurance: wiretap recordings that implicate some of Sweden’s most prominent politicians in a corrupt conspiracy. But in Ewert Grens the powers that be might just have found the perfect weapon to eliminate him ... Intelligent, gripping, brutal, THREE SECONDS is the latest thriller from Roslund and Hellström, the heirs apparent to Stieg Larsson and Henning Mankell as masters of Scandinavian crime.
  To be in with a chance of winning a copy, just tell us what your fantasy crime-writing duo might be. James Ellroy and Janet Evanovich? John Connolly and Michael Connelly? Ken Bruen and Stieg Larsson? Elmore Leonard and Patricia Highsmith? Quirkiest, most apt or simply the funniest entries go into the hat, with bonus marks for a quick synopsis of your fantasy duo’s novel …
  Entries in the comment box below, please, and the closing date is noon, December 23rd. Please include an email contact address, using [at] rather than @ to confuse the spam-munchkins. Et bon chance, mes amis


Sean Patrick Reardon said...

John McFetridge and Elmore Leonard, before EL passes on.

Sean Patrick Reardon said...


C. N. Nevets said...

Steven Saylor and Ryan David Jahn.

I need some ancient Roman noir with classy dark violence.

c.n.nevets at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Raymond Chandler and Linda Howard

Sorry about the anonymous but my google password is refusing to work.

michael (Shonk)

Unknown said...

was desperately trying to think of something very witty and failing. So I'll be serious. Don Winslow and James Lee Burke. Much awesomeness.

Glenna said...

Dennis Lehane and Declan hughes


Fiona said...

Colin Bateman & Janet Evanovich. I'd love to see what that pair could come up with.

noenic at g

The Hyperbole said...

Writers - Allan Guthrie and Stuart MacBride

Synopsis - A gang of violent, close to incompetent, and possibly insane criminals are investigated but never caught by an incompetent, close to insane, and possibly violent police squad. At some point someone tells someone else to go and pleasure themselves with a considerably large and spiky object.

Email - lightbeeraintbeer at gmail dot com

michael said...

Let me update while I have time.
My pick was Raymond Chandler and Linda Howard.

Imagine Marlowe written by award winning best selling romance suspense author.

Imagine what Chandler could do with such titles as "To Die For" and "Kiss Me While I (Big) Sleep.

mds1142 at gmail.com

michael said...

Aww, my update was too late your time to count. Never mind.

Declan Burke said...


Michael Todd, Sean Patrick Reardon, and Glenna.

Many thanks to everyone who took part, and hopefully we'll have some more giveaway comps in the New Year.

Cheers, Dec

Glenna said...

Cool beans, thanks Dec.