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.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Best Things In Life Are Free … Books

The generous folks at Penguin get in touch to offer five free copies of Nicci French’s COMPLICIT, the latest novel from best-selling writing partnership Nicci Gerrard and Sean French, and which is released in paperback on March 17. First, the blurb elves:
Who is more deadly? An enemy? A friend? Or a lover? Bonnie Graham is in her friend’s flat. She is alone, except for the dead body lying in a pool of blood. What happened? What will she do? And is any or all of it her fault? Bonnie is a music teacher who has spent a long, hot summer in London rehearsing with a band. It was supposed to be fun, but the tricky knots of the band’s friendships unravel with each passing day. What was meant to be a summer of happiness, music and love turns deadly as lovers betray, passions turn homicidal and friendship itself becomes a crime. Someone in the band must be a killer. Is it Bonnie? And if not – who is it?
  Sounds like a belter. To be in with a chance of winning a copy, just answer the following:
Name one other writing partnership, and recommend one of their novels.
  Answers via the comment box below, please, leaving a contact email address (using (at) rather than @ to confound the spam monkeys) before the closing date of noon, Friday 25th February. Et bon chance, mes amis …


Robert Carraher said...

Michael Stanley (Michael Sears and Stanlet Trollip) and the book would be Famous Dubliners

recarraher (at)

Maxine said...

Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo - the Martin Beck series. Any will do but Roseanna is the first.
Don't send me Complicit though as I've already read it (and reviewed it for Euro Crime)! I hope whoever is lucky enough to win it enjoys it.

Anonymous said...

P.J.Tracy (mother and daughter P.J and Traci Lambrecht) - Want to Play (and others in series).

milkfloatquack (at) hotmail dot com

Glenna said...

Anders roslund and Borge Hellstrom - Three Seconds. I'm reading this now and loving it.

mom22kids9802 (at)

Dorte H said...

Fortunately my current ban on buying books doesn´t say a word about winning them ;D

Alexander and Alexandra Ahndoril - the Swedish couple behind the pen name "Lars Kepler", "The Hypnotist" - fast-paced thriller on its way to English readers righ now. (at)

Editor Bill said...

Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo - all their books are great but I recommend The Laughing Policeman for the great last line.

Shon said...

PJ Parrish is two sisters Kristy Montee and Kelly Nichols - The Little Death was good solid read with a somewhat shocking ending.


Fiona said...

Raymond E Feist and Janny Wurts was the first example of a writing partnership that I came across many years ago.

I loved the Midkemia books - Daughter of the Empire included.


Michael A Todd said...

Writing partners-Ken Bruen and Jason Starr

Recommended novel- Bust

email- lightbeeraintbeer(at)

Rick Ollerman said...

Dick Francis and Felix Francis, "Dead Heat" -- a very nice torch-passing from father to son

rick at ollerman dot com

Kathy said...

A Lonely Death by Charles Todd, a mother and son writing team (Caroline and Charles Todd)

kathy d. said...

I can only think of the greats Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, as others have mentioned.

Am reading "The Fire Engine that Disappeared," and finding it perfection--if a book can be characterized that way.

I will be sad to turn the last page soon.

Anonymous said...

Roslund and Hellstrom
Three Seconds

Mack said...
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Mack said...

I missed the deadline (bit of stomach distress that doesn't need explaining) but I don't want to pass up adding a collaboration that I discovered thanks to Declan — Ellis O'Hanlon and Ian McConnel writing as Ingrid Black. I've enjoyed the three I've read in the Saxon series. The first I read was Judas Heart which is third in the series and I certainly recommend it. Or you can start with the first which is The Dead.