Sunday, June 22, 2014

What a free-King book deal!


Dana King is pleased to announce that his four novels will be available free on Kindle from June 25 – 29.

Detectives Beyond Borders is pleased to announce that the books are worth reading and that he does not at all regret having paid for them.  King writes hard-hitting, funny crime with a real sense of place and, now and then, a clever spin on an old crime fiction trope.

He is also an eloquent speaker about P.I. fiction and the importance of the Chandlerian hero; his talk on that subject was an unexpected highlight of Bouchercon 2013 in Albany. Here's a bit from a scene with a detective and a Russian mobster in Grind Joint.
"`I talk when I want. Who knows? In five minutes, maybe not want to. Better ask quick before I change my mind, police man. Someone tell me once I am volatile. I like that word. I am volatile."  
"You are peckerhead, Doc thought, kept it to himself."
Make this a Shamus Award-nominated Dana King summer!

© Peter Rozovsky 2014 

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11 Comments:

Blogger seana graham said...

Cool. I will definitely be rounding out my collection.

I was just thinking about Grind Joint yesterday, in fact when I was reading about the effect of slot machine gambling making inroads in small communities--to the detriment of the poor.

June 22, 2014  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Procrastination pays off for you. King is not just good on the effects of casino gambling, but nuanced. He doesn't just say it's bad; rather he says the good has not trickled down. Nice touch, too, that he works a downmarket casino into the book.

By the way, the television at the P&P was showing "Pulp Fiction" last night. I had not seen it before, so I was surprised to see Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta being hosed off after a violent series of confrontations, and Quentin Tarantino tosses one of them a UC Santa Cruz T-shirt as a replacement for his bloodied shirt.

June 22, 2014  
Blogger seana graham said...

Yes, I kind of remember the Santa Cruz reference when the movie played, but I have never seen it and probably won't. I don't think it's my kind of thing.

I actually only will have to pick up one when they have their free offering, as I have the other three, two of which I've read.

June 22, 2014  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

I double-checked to make sure it wasn't "Reservoir Dogs" I was watching, and I found from a search that the author Eddie Bunker had a bit part in "Reservoir Dogs." Tarantino has also blurbed Christa Faust so, as much of a show-off and a punk he might be, he seems to like crime fiction.

June 23, 2014  
Blogger RT said...

What a provocative concept: an author gives away books as a strategy for marketing and promotion. Color me puzzled.

June 24, 2014  
Blogger seana graham said...

It's not actually that unusual. A promotion for a few days seems a cheap way to get the word out. And in fact in the bookstore world, there were always tons of galleys that any of the staff could take if they wanted. It's not easy getting people to read a book and then spread the word, even for free if my bookstore experience is any indication. A handful of books would be eagerly sought out and fought over, while the rest would go begging.

June 24, 2014  
Blogger RT said...

Seana, I am so envious. If I worked in a bookstore it would be like a starving dog in a butcher shop.

June 24, 2014  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Seana is right. That's what Dana is up to here.

June 24, 2014  
Blogger RT said...

The gambit suggests a new book is on the horizon soon.

June 24, 2014  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Not as far as I know.

June 24, 2014  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

But I recommend reading the old ones.

June 24, 2014  

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