Today, July 1st, is Canada Day. In some European countries, when it is your birthday, you're supposed to foot the bill when you go out drinking with your buddies. I can't really buy you drinks (besides, it's not my b'day, so my country should be paying drinks) so how about instead I give out a few books to one lucky US citizen?
Let's say it'll help celebrate the 4th of July. I have a bundle of 3 (three) advance reader's copies of some of the best July releases. They are:
*Jeff Abbott's THE LAST MINUTE (Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Book Group), his follow-up to the thrilling ADRENALINE, the book that introduced Sam Capra, of whom Harlan Coben said "I think Sam Capra is the heir apparent to Jason Bourne...The most gripping spy story I've read in years".

*Bill Pronzini's HELLBOX (Forge/Tom Doherty Associates), the new title in his 'Nameless Detective' series. In 2008, Pronzini received the prestigious Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. The back cover of this new book mentions "Bill, the "Nameless Detective", and his new wife Kerry were in the Sierra foothills, just outside of Six Pines, falling in love with a cabin. It was all perfect, until Kerry went missing. (...) With the help of his longtime associate Jake Runyon, Bill begins a search that uncovers just what price the citizens in a town without pity might have to pay. Bill and Jake follow the few leads they have, and come face to face with the Hellbox."

*John Verdon's LET THE DEVIL SLEEP (Crown Publishers/Random House). If you've enjoyed the first two books in this series, Think of A Number and Shut Your Eyes Tight, this third title featuring Dave Gurney, "NYPD's most decorated homicide detective", is even more brilliant. Did Gurney finally find his match? Is this killer too clever for him? Gurney's only solution might be to make himself a target.

So, who wants all three of these books? If you do, send me your name and address at before noon (Montreal time) on Tuesday, July 3rd. This one is only open to residents of the US. You need to be 18 years or older.

UPDATE: We have a winner for these three great books, and it is Sara Novak of Lansing (Michigan). Thank you everyone who participated and Happy 4th of July!

July 1st, 2012

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