Saturday, June 21, 2008

Sell a cop, win a book : Here are the winners

Readers responded in gratifying numbers to my request for creative ways crime writers could sponsor public services, along lines pioneered by Peter James and the Brighton and Hove police force. I had promised to award books for the five best proposals, but I could not decide between numbers five and six, so I will award six books instead.

The winners are:
1) Philip, for his suggestion that Ruth Rendell could have had “a nice arrangement with the White House” based on titles that include Some Lie and Some Die; Going Wrong; Put on by Cunning; and The Secret House of Death.

2) Lauren, for her tasty suggestions that Andrea Camilleri’s Salvo Montalbano and Donna Leon’s Guido Brunetti could lend their names to a campaign for healthier school lunches (and I’m sure Lauren would not object if I included Paola Brunetti as well).

3) GJG, for proposing “a commercial tie-in between your better-run prisons and, say, Hilton Hotels or Ritz-Carlton or better yet Motel Six – `We'’l leave a light on for ya.’”

4) Vanda Symon, for a splendid proposal that, regrettably, seems unlikely to become reality: “Kathy Reichs, with Fatal Voyage, could sponsor the ferry service.”

5) Linkmeister, for a related and equally unlikely suggestion that The Taking of Pelham 123 would make an ideal sponsor – or is today’s preferred term corporate partner? – for bus and subway timetables.

6) Crimeficreader, for suggesting Chris Simms’ novel Outside the White Lines as a natural for emblazonment across the sides of traffic patrol cars on motorways in the United Kingdom. She wins special commendation for creative cross-marketing synergy for suggesting that Simms’ novels could also be stocked at motorway service stations.
Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all who entered. I shall be in touch with lists of the available books.

© Peter Rozovsky 2008



Blogger GJG said...

ahhh jeez, what can I say??---the last time I was in THIS position of emotions was hearing the stadium announcer readign my program number and learning I had won a team autographed Hockey stick by the Sault Ste.Marie
Greyhounds hockey team-------you can be sure I fought my way through the crowd outside the team locker room to get it too----THANKS, AND I MEAN IT.

June 21, 2008  
Blogger Linkmeister said...

Oh gosh. My suggestion was whimsical in nature, not competitive!

However (he grinned), I'll never turn away a book, so I await your instructions, Peter.

June 21, 2008  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

You're quite welcome. Linkmeister: Whimsy and competition need not be mutually exclusive.

For all winners, how about this: Send your postal addresses to detectivesbeyondborders(AT)earthlink(dot)net, inserting @ and a dot where appropriate? Then, when I assemble the books to be awarded, I'll send you the list and probably ask you for your top three choices in case more than one person wants a given book. I can tell you that the list will probably include the new editions of the James Bond books, among others.

June 21, 2008  
Blogger Philip said...

You know, thinking about this question and reading the responses was so entertaining in itself, such a nice divertissement, that I had quite forgotten there was a prize attached. Thank you, Peter. There were some jolly good answers in there so I'm honoured.

June 22, 2008  
Blogger William Wren said...

great idea

June 22, 2008  
Blogger D said...

Global conflicts escalating...I'm thinking of writing espionage thrillers.
Following this interesting blog. BTW, check out my ?007 ;-)stuff:
and my others:
Published on
"15 more minutes to live" (espionage thriller)
“Get Rich Buying & Selling Silver” (booklet)
“Himalayas of Kumaon” (photocalendar)

June 22, 2008  
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June 22, 2008  
Anonymous cfr said...

Thanks for the laugh, Peter, which I just managed to read through my bleary eyes. (I have a bad cold.)
And thanks for picking mine in the top six.

June 22, 2008  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Part of the thanks ought to go to Peter James and the Brighton and Hove police service for coming up with a wild idea and making it a reality.

And, where appropriate, get well soon.

June 22, 2008  
Blogger Vanda Symon said...

Fantastic, thanks Peter. How cool to get rewarded for procrastinating. I fear you may need to take out a mortgage to post to NZ.

June 22, 2008  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Maybe it would be cheaper to deliver the book in person. And if you must procrastinate, I am pleased that you chose to do so in so entertaining a fashion and here.

June 22, 2008  
Blogger Lauren said...

Gosh, thanks! I'm on the road at the moment and only just stopped in to have a look. I agree that it was a fun thread, and thanks very much for liking my suggestion!

My e-mail access is sporadic right now, but I'll send you a message ASAP.

June 25, 2008  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Don't delay, send in your choice today!!!

June 26, 2008  

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