Thursday, June 27, 2013

Win books by a couple of Irish guys — We have a winner!

During and after Crimefest 2013 in Bristol, I collected, among other books, the latest novels by Kevin McCarthy and William Ryan. Within days of returning home, I received by mail, among other books, the latest novels by Kevin McCarthy and William Ryan.

That promotional largesse can now win you the books, as I'll send the extra copies to the first readers who correctly answer these skill-testing questions:

  1. McCarthy's novels are set amid the agonizing birth of the modern Irish state. The first is titled Peeler. What is a peeler? Win a copy of McCarthy's new book, Irregulars.
  2. Ryan's books, set in mid-twentieth-century Soviet Russia, include a notable real-life Russian writer as a character. Who is that writer? Win Ryan's The Twelfth Department. 
That didn't take long, did it? One reader in California knew both that peelers are police in Northern Ireland (named for Sir Robert Peel, whose first name became the colloquial name for police in England: bobbies.), and that Isaac Babel is a character in William Ryan's novels. Congratulations. Thanks to you, two Irish guys are smiling, and I save postage by sending two books to one place.

© Peter Rozovsky 2013

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Blogger Paul D Brazill said...

The Twelfth Department is well tasty.

June 28, 2013  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Thanks. I sat up and took notice when I learned Ryan included Isaac Babel as a character.

Come to think of it, Babel's Benya Krik stories are a nice addition to any crime fiction reader's library.

June 28, 2013  
Blogger Kevin McCarthy said...

You can never have too many copies of a good thing! Thanks for running the raffle, Peter. A clever way to clear the shelves!

July 01, 2013  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

You're welcome. And I could not afford the postage it would take to clear my shelves and tables and chairs and floors. But I do try to keep this blog ecologically sustainable through the occasional passing on of extra books.

July 01, 2013  

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