Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Getting behind "Fifty Grand"

Adrian McKinty, novelist, blogger, and scourge of factual inaccuracy, sheds light on the genesis of his new novel, Fifty Grand, and offers a chance to win a copy. Click, read, and win. Once you read this novel's opening pages, you won't put the book down. If I were choosing a baseball nine (or cricket eleven or hurling fifteen) of novels, this book would make the team for best prologue.

© Peter Rozovsky 2009

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Blogger adrian mckinty said...

Thanks for the shout out Peter I appreciate it.

March 04, 2009  
Anonymous marco said...

My v-word is refund, but I don't think anybody will ask for one

March 04, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

You're welcome. I'm always willing to do my best for the reading public. Also, you have an entertaining string of comments going to your post on the giveaway/contest.

March 04, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

See my comment on your v-words in the "Excursion to Tindari" string.

March 04, 2009  
Blogger R. T. Davis said...

Since you are on the subject of great new mysteries to be savored, have you sampled any of the DeKok series from the Dutch writer Baantjer? I just finished DeKok and the Dead Harlequin, and I highly recommend it.

March 04, 2009  
Blogger R. T. Davis said...

BOLO . . . Hakan Nesser has a new novel coming out in the U.S. in mid-April. It is entitled WOMAN WITH BIRTHMARK.

March 04, 2009  
Blogger R. T. Davis said...

Another recommendation for your reading list comes to mind. The books by Michael Gregorio (pen-name of a couple living in Italy) feature a Prussian magistrate during the Napoleonic era. The latest is A VISIBLE DARKNESS. My review will appear in an upcoming issue of MYSTERY NEWS. If you haven't read the Gregorio books, your missing out on an enriching reading experience; the protagonist is a protege of Immanuel Kant, so rational inquiry becomes the cornerstone of the sleuth's investigations.

March 04, 2009  
Anonymous marco said...

The De Cock series, whose name has been changed in English to avoid unfortunate associations?

March 04, 2009  
Anonymous canada mystery author said...

Hi Peter,
Thanks for sharing the thoughts on - Fifty Grand.
Keep up posting.

March 04, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

R.T., I became acquainted with DeKok when I had a Dutch girlfriend a few years book. Baantjer is phenomenally popular in the Netherlands: displays in bookstores, board games based on the books, and an entertaining TV series. I actually liked the one Baantker short story I read better than the novel or two.

Here's an oddity: In the original Dutch books and on Dutch TV, the character's name is spelled "De Cock." The usual Dutch spelling for the name would be "DeKok," and one of the character's recurring tag lines is that he always has to spell his name when he introduces himself: "DeCock, met C-O-C-K," or "De Cock, spelled C-O-C-K."

March 04, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Marco, I just saw your comment. The spelling may have been changed to avoid unfortunate associations, or because the tag line about the spelling of the name might be lost on a non-Dutch audience.

March 04, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Thanks, CMA. I'd posted earlier on "Fifty Grand," and I may have at least one more post up my sleeve. I also recommend the author's Michael Forsythe novels: "Dead I Well May Be," "The Dead Yard" and "The Bloomsday Dead."

March 04, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

R.T., a double dose of thanks. I've read all three of the Nesser novels published in English translation thus far, and I'll look forward to this one.

I have a couple of the Michael Gregorio books on the TBR pile. Where would recommend that I start?

March 04, 2009  
Blogger R. T. Davis said...

By all means, begin with the first Hanno Stiffeniis mystery -- CRITIQUE OF CRIMINAL REASON.
Stiffeniis, the Prussian magistrate, is mentored by Immanuel Kant, and that sets that stage for all that follows. Enjoy!

March 04, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Thanks. I think I have two of the follow-ups, plus one of the books in Italian. I don't that one, though, despite its clever title.

March 04, 2009  

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