We’re giving 4 different books away. The first, courtesy of St. Martin’s Press, is The Vaults by Toby Ball ($24.99). Here is a synopsis: “The City,” your typical 1930s metropolis full of corruption and sleaze, is home to a host of crooked cops, businessmen, and everyday citizens. However, for the few who don’t adhere to the shady rules of this society, there is a mystery unfolding. When Arthur Puskis, the reclusive archivist for “The City,” finds duplicate files for one criminal in his flawless archiving system, he can’t help but try to find out why the fraudulent one exists. Meanwhile Ethan Poole is a private detective and top-notch blackmail artist who is going after the mayor’s right-hand man while trying to track down a woman’s son who disappeared seven years ago. Frank Frings is a well-known investigative journalist who, between printing attacks on the mayor of “The City,” is dating its most notorious jazz singer. Eventually all three men are lead to evidence of “The Navajo Project,” something the mayor and his associates are desperate to keep under wraps – by any means necessary.
We also, thanks to Doubleday Books, have two (2) hardbound copies to give away of the novel The False Friend by Myla Goldberg, which will be released on October 5, 2010 ($25.95). We posted a copy of the book’s cover on September 25, 2010 (“Second Hand News”). Here is a brief synopsis: Leaders of a mercurial clique, Celia and Djuna subjected each other and their three followers to an endless cycle of reward and punishment that peaked one afternoon when all five girls walked home along a forbidden road. Djuna disappeared that day; Celia blocked out what happened. It was assumed that Djuna was abducted, though neither she nor her abductor was never found.
We’re also, at the suggestion of one of our readers, going to give away a grade “A” condition advance reading copy (ARC) of the thrilling ride On the Line by S. J. Rozan, which was reviewed on this site on September 19, 2010 (“Hold the Line”). It’s a recommended book, the hardbound copy of which is selling for $24.99. Why not just win the ARC instead?
Before giving you the giveaway contest rules, we have one brief announcement. We’re moving up the closing date for our contest to give away a copy of the novel The Season of Second Chances by Diane Meier. This novel was reviewed here on September 3, 2010 and the hardbound copy has a value of $25.00. If you want to enter this contest, you will need to do it now. The rules (“Win a Second Chance!”) were posted on September 4, 2010, and your entry must be in by tomorrow – Tuesday, September 28, 2010 – at midnight PST.
As for the four books being given away, in order to enter this contest just post a comment below with your name and e-mail address or send an e-mail with this information to Josephsreviews@gmail.com . This will count as a first entry. For a second entry, indicate which book/ARC you are most interested in and why. In order to keep this interesting, Munchy the cat may decide to give all four books to one person, two books to two persons, or one book to four persons. It’s his call, so you may offer to bribe him with cat treats. Yeowk! (OK, just kidding)
Your entries must be received by midnight on Friday, October 15, 2010 because we want to move these books fast. In order to enter, you must be a resident of the continental U. S. and you must supply, if you are contacted, a residential mailing address. No books will be shipped to a P. O. box or a business-related address.
This is it for the rules. All rules are subject to be changed at any time by Munchy. Good luck and good reading!