Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The Night Gardener - Thrills, Chills & a Great Giveaway

Oh, boy! Am I ever excited about my latest giveaway ~ The Night Gardener! It's a thriller by George Pelecanos. I read the first couple of pages and could tell from the first sentence that it was going to be good. (To read a little of the book yourself, check out the link on the right side of the page.)

Here's what Publishers Weekly has to say about it:

"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."

If you'd like to read The Night Gardener, I've got 5 copies to give away courtesy of those nice folks at Hatchette Books. Please comment here for a chance to win one of them. If you mention this giveaway on your blog and/or Twitter and/or Facebook & include a link to this post, I'll add another entry for each website link you send me. If you ask to follow my blog, you get another entry. (If you already follow me, that'll count for an additional entry too.) Just do me a favor and mention each of those things in a separate comment or email so I can keep things organized ~ well, as organized as I ever get. Thanks!

Giveaway is open to all U.S. and Canadian residents only with a street address and ends at midnight Pacific time on June 21.

85 comments:

ann marie said...

Thanks for the book giveaway, I am stacking up on thrillers for the summer break. This looks like a good one.

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ann marie said...

I am also a follower.

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Susan Helene Gottfried said...

No need to enter me. I'm dropping by to say thanks for the e-mail. I've got this posted at Win a Book for you.

Jake L said...

Looks like a good one, please enter me into this giveaway drawing.

thanks,
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Karen in TN said...

I'd like to be included in the drawing.

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gaby317 said...

Please count me in!

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gaby317 said...

I'm a new follower

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gaby317 said...

i'm posting a link to your contest on my blog's sidebar

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Ashley said...

I'd love to read this, thanks.
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scottsgal said...

I really enjoy his books - please count me in

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Red Arrow said...

Sounds like something that would capture my attention quickly, will have to look for this one even if I don't win, thanks for the suggestion!

Kitten22 said...

This looks great! Please enter me!

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Kitten22 said...

I'm a subscriber (through Google Reader)!

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Kitten22 said...

I tweeted about this!

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Pam said...

This sounds like a great book to add to the pile! Please enter me.

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Pam said...

New follower

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nfmgirl said...

I'd love a chance to win. Please count me in. Thank you!

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nfmgirl said...

I'm a follower

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Jess said...

Glad I found your giveaway as this is a great looking thriller.
Please enter me.
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Dawn M. said...

I've never read any of his books before. But this one sounds like a great one to start with. Please enter me.

Thanks! :0)
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rubymoon said...

This one sounds as good as his previous ones. Please enter me!

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rubymoon said...

I'm now following you (rubymoon/Blogger)

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Marie said...

This sounds like a great book, I'd love to read it especially as this would be a new author for me!

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Marie said...

I am a follower.

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allisonmariecat said...

Please enter me! This one sounds great.

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Lifestooshort said...

I would love to win this book, please enter me :)

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Dixie said...

Count me in for an entry-this sounds too good to miss.

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Dixie said...

I'm following your blog.
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Dixie said...

Tweeted.
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etirv said...

Thanks for this opportunity!

Amber said...

I would love to win please!
Thank you for the giveaway :)
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Amber said...

I am a follower as well.
Thank you for the giveaway :)
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Kaye said...

Wow, sounds like it will be a great book. Please enter me in the drawing. The best part is my hubby would enjoy this one as well.

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Kaye said...

I just signed up to be a follower!
great contest, thanks.

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Glenn said...

Love mysteries and thrillers, so drop my name in the hat. Thanks for the book giveaway!

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Alexa said...

Enter me please.

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Alexa said...

I'm a follower.

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Stephen said...

Enter me please. It sounds great.

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Kristi said...

i would love to be entered in this giveaway


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Linda Ellen said...

Thank you for hosting this giveaway. =)

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Linda Ellen said...

I'm following too. =)

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Patricia said...

The title itself is spooky - bet that it's a great story.

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Indigo said...

Please add me to this drawing. I have George Pelecanos latest two books and would love to add this one to the collection. Thanks for the opportunity! Indigo

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Indigo said...

I'm also following you now. Thanks! Indigo

Kylee said...

Please enter me, thanks!

Cheryl S. said...

I'm a huge George Pelecanos fan - please count me in!

Thanks,
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Cheryl S. said...

I just became a follower.

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Mike B. said...

I'd love to win this book so I can finally read my first Pelecanos.

Mike B. said...

I have also registered to follow you!

Luvdaylilies said...

I am looking forwars to reading this book, the reviews are all good!

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Julie said...

I'd love to win this one, thanks:)
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Julie said...

I am following you:)

Julie said...

I put your giveaway on my blog!
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janetfaye said...

Please enter me.

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MJ said...

I'd love this.

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Toystory said...

I love this type of book, and of course it would be a great Summer read.

Julie said...

Thanks for the giveaway, I would love a chance to win!

Cheers,
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Wanda said...

This book looks great. Please enter my name in your draw. Thanks.

gahome2mom said...

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I'd like to win this book. :)

olympianlady said...

This is one of the authors I'm really interested in lately. Please enter me. Thanks!

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Searcher said...

I would love to win a copy of this book..thanks LooseEnds@snet.net


I have linked to your giveaway at
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nfmgirl said...

I blogged it:

http://cerebralgirl.blogspot.com/2009/06/book-giveaways-in-blogworld-06-06-09.html

Carlene said...

Please include me in your giveaway.
Thanks
carlene
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Carlene said...

I am a follower.
Thanks
carlene
iluvreading(at)verizon.net

Bcteagirl said...

This book sounds very cool! Thank you for the contest.
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Kat Bryan said...

I love a good mystery.

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Crystal P said...

Oh this book looks really good!

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Crystal P said...

I follow!

A Reader said...

Please enter me.
Thanks for the giveaway!
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A Reader said...

Follower (liane66)

Thanks for the giveaway!
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A Reader said...

Posted on my blog under Current Giveaways sidebar.
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Carol said...

I really want to read this book! Thank you for the giveaway!

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Carol said...

I now follow your blog.

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Pam said...

This book sounds so intense and scary. Can't wait to read it!!

Thanks.
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Sheila R said...

This book looks ah-some! Thanks for the great giveaway!
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Anonymous said...

Exciting contest - he's one of my favorite writers! Please enter me.

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Rachel said...

I would love to read this book. ALways looking for new authors!

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Renee G said...

I would love to read this.

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Neas Nuttiness said...

I would love to win a copy of "The Night Gardner" - so please enter me.

Thanks

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Neas Nuttiness said...

I became a follower - thanks.

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Aimala said...

Love this author! Please enter me in your contest!

Amy
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Aimala said...

I am a new follower of your blog and very excited about it! Please enter me a second time in your contest!

Thank you.
Amy
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brightwingbliss said...

Would love to win a copy of this book! I've read some interesting reviews.

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Marjorie said...

This book has gotten so much hype,
a real mystery, cannot wait to
read it. Thank you for this very
awesome giveaway.