Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Book Giveaway: The Night Gardener by George Pelecanos

Thanks to Valerie and Hatchett Books, I'm hosting my first giveaway. Contest is open from June 23 to June 30. I have 5 copies of The Night Gardener by George Pelecanos to give away.

From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Pelecanos (Drama City) delivers a dignified, character-driven epic that succeeds as both literary novel and page-turner. In 1985, the body of a 14-year-old girl turns up in a Washington, D.C., park, the latest in a series of murders by a killer the media dub "The Night Gardener." T.C. Cook, the aging detective on the case, works with a quiet, almost monomaniacal, focus. Also involved are two young uniformed cops, Gus Ramone, who's diligent, conscientious and unimpressed by heroics, and Dan "Doc" Holiday, an adrenaline junkie who's decidedly less straight.

Fast forward 20 years. Detective Ramone, now married with kids of his own, investigates the murder of one of his teenage son's friends. The homicide closely resembles the earlier unsolved Night Gardener murders. Holiday, now an alcoholic chauffeur and bodyguard, follows the case on his own and tracks down Cook, long retired but still obsessed with the original murders. While the three work together toward a suspenseful ending, Pelecanos emphasizes the fallacy of "solving" a murder and explores the ripple effects of violent crime on society.

Contest Rules:
To enter, respond with the title and author of your favorite mystery book.

1. Please include your email address, so that I can contact you if you win. You will have 3 days to respond to the email. If you do not leave your email address, your entries will not count!!
2. For an extra entry, sign up to be a follower. If you're already a follower, let me know and you'll get the extra entry as well.
3. For another extra entry, subscribe via googlereader or blogger or by email and let me know that you do.
4. For another entry, blog about this giveaway and send me the link.
5. For another entry, Tweet repost @faithfulgirl Great Night Gardener Giveaway! Head on over to http://molcotw.blogspot.com to enter.
6. Leave a separate comment for each entry or you'll only be entered once.

The contest is limited to US and Canada only. No P.O. boxes. The contest ends at midnight EST on June 30, 2009. Only one title per winning household will be awarded.
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  1. Agatha Christie was the first mystery writer I ever read. Loved everyone of her works. As my children were growing up I read the Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner with them. And, now I am reading P.D. James.

  2. Forgot to add my email address:

  3. My favorite mystery was The Curious Case of the Dog in the Nighttime.

  4. I am a follower of your blog.

  5. Karen SchymanskiJune 27, 2009 at 6:57 AM

    It is silly to say my favorite mystery author is Carolyn Keene? It's summertime and that always reminds me of my childhood summers. You could find me reading a Nancy Drew book in the backyard under a shady tree.

  6. Jack Coughlin's Kill Zone!

  7. I subscribe via google reader!

  8. codiegates@bellsouth.net

  9. I enjoyed The Davinci Code by Dan Brown.

  10. I just became a follower.

  11. I'm a google reader subscriber.

  12. King of the Holly Hop: A Milan Jacovich Mystery by Les Roberts is a favorite. The setting is Cleveland with local hangouts while a murder happens at the reunion.

  13. My favorite is Through Violet Eyes by Steve Woodworth...also love Angels and Demons by Dan Brown.


  14. signed up to follow your blog and to get your posts on my google account

  15. just tweeted. My log on there is alipet813 if you want to see it...shocking right. LOL

  16. Under the Boardwalk by Bill Kent
    nazatraz (at) yahoo (dot) com