Friday, November 02, 2012

The Cold Cold Ground comes to America

I've been asked where I acquired this jones I have for Irish crime writing, and my answer is simple: from Irish crime writers.

Adrian McKinty is among those writers whose books have taught me so much and entertained me so well. Now, thanks to the excellent folks at Seventh Street Books, American readers can easily get their hands on his latest novel.

The Cold Cold Ground is hard-hitting and funny and very human, and it paints a plausible picture of what it must really have been like for ordinary folks to live through Northern Ireland's Troubles, circa the early 1980s.

The book is very possibly the best crime novel published in English in 2012, no shock from an author long a favorite here at DBB, and it lands in America just in time for holiday gift-giving. (And yep, the publishing company is named for the street where Edgar Allan Poe lived in Philadelphia. How cool is that?)

© Peter Rozovsky 2012

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9 Comments:

Blogger seana graham said...

Damn those lightfingered Hoosiers!

Um, I mean "Congratulations!"

I have the books so I really shouldn't complain--it's just that for once, I knew the answers!

June 28, 2012  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Those Hoosiers set a record. They won "Cold Cold Ground" while I was sending a copy of the post to the folks at Seventh Street Books, and they won "Falling Glass" while I was writing to tell them they had won "Cold Cold Ground."

Meanwhile, I have linked to a clip of Tom Waits singing "Cold Cold Ground."

June 28, 2012  
Blogger adrian mckinty said...

Peter

I would have commented on this earlier or even tweeted but my internet service provider has been punishing me for exceeding my bandwith this month and has effectively cut me off. Can't even check the Yankees scores, I assume they're winning and nothing bad has happened to Rivera, Pettite or CC...

Anyway thanks for the mention. I shall tweet now if they don't cut me off.

June 30, 2012  
Blogger adrian mckinty said...

Peter

Wait its all over? I just sent my hordes of twitter followers over here. I hope they vent their wrath towards you not me.

Actually I dont think it will be an issue. I reckon I have about less than a dozen followers who actually pay any attention to what I tweet and they're all in the wrong time zone.

June 30, 2012  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Well, last I heard was the Rivera's injury might not be career-ending after all. Oh, yeah, and you'll have heard that Clemens was found not guilty.

Just had a vision od a Jewish mother nagging her son: "Sure! Waste all your precious bandwith on shiksas! Never mind your mother."

June 30, 2012  
Blogger adrian mckinty said...

Peter

I think I used all my bandwith watching Mad Men and Game of Thrones. And Breaking Bad starts again in 2 weeks so I'll be screwed this month as well.

I havent done a competition on my blog for 2 years. I've got lots of books to give away but the post office gives me panic attacks. The mere thought of going there and having to fill out all those forms and wait on that line. Ahh, but Louis CK has articulated these feelings better than I can:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOmwZUsgBBE

June 30, 2012  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Some publishers will offer books for competitions. When that happens, they'll generally send the books directly to the winner. When publisher offer to send a review copy of a book that I've already read in an edition from another country, say, I'll ask if they can instead send the book to the winner of a contest. None has refused to do this.

June 30, 2012  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

I always like to throw in some little extra interesting bit in a post, and this time it was a link to a clip of Tom Waits singing "Cold Cold Ground." That's a fine song done live.

June 30, 2012  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Yep, it's over. I've always awarded the prize in my contests to the first correct answer. I've lacked the promotional seichel to instead stage a random drawing with the winner to be drawn after, say, a week, with the extra entrants and readers that would draw. But that will change.

June 30, 2012  

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