Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Win THE CLEANER


Time for a little fun, folks. I have just received my ultra cool Advance Reader Copies of THE CLEANER. But they’re not doing any good sitting here in a box with me. I want to get them into your hands!

Over the next couple of months, I’m planning on giving away a few copies to lucky winners. (Okay, lucky is subjective. You’ll let me know what you think after you read it.)

Well, today is the first day of contest #1. The question is…how to choose a winner?

This is what I’ve come up with. Everyone (with exception of those listed below) who enters is eligible. To enter you just need to post a comment here with the title of your favorite spy novel and a one sentence synopsis. For example, here’s what mine would be:

THE QUIET AMERICAN by Graham Greene.

A story of love, lust, jealousy and misguided patriotism set in the turbulent world of 1950s Vietnam.


That’s it. This way we can all learn about books we might not have known about and you all get the chance to win a copy of my book. All entries that have given the appropriate information will be put in a hat. The winner will then be pulled randomly.

Contest ends in 2 weeks on January 31st. You can enter as many times as you want, but only one entry per person will be valid!!

And if you are a member of Killer Year, my writing group, or my family, you can also enter, BUT you aren’t eligible to win. Sorry, gang. You can hit me up for a copy later.

26 comments:

Stephen D. Rogers said...

The Human Factor - Graham Greene, 1978

Maurice Castle must decide what he needs to do to save his family, and then whether he can pay that price.

Brett Battles said...

Nice. Another Graham Greene fan...

Stacey said...

The Tailor of Panama - John Le Carre, 1997.

Harry Pendel is an unassuming tailor in Panama, who is working as informant to the British government. What his people don't know is that Harry has an agenda all his own.

And they made a movie out of it starring Geoffrey Rush and Pierce Brosnan.

Stacey

jeff shelby said...

The Scorpio Illusion - Robert Ludlum, 1993.

An ex-naval intelligence officer is brought out of retirement to stop the world's most dangerous terrorist - who happens to be one smokin' hot lady.

Tasha Alexander said...

I am wholly incapable of writing single-sentence descriptions of books (was born without the gene that allows it), but what a cool idea for a contest! And I love The Quiet American...

Steve said...

Spooker - Dean Ing

An innocent DEA agent becomes the target of an ex-KGB mother and son team who now make their living hunting fellow spies.

Ali Karim said...

‘A Coffin for Dimitrios’ by Eric Ambler - [aka The Mask of Dimitrios]

Is in novel terms an existential espionage novel, focusing on why society requires ‘enforcers’ like Dimitrios to make the world revolve.

Steve G said...

The Cleaner - Brett Battles

Berlin is again a city of that will send chills down your spine.

May said...

Another Robert Ludlum: The Matarese Countdown.

Substitute super-agent for retired Navy officer and Russian counterpart for world's most dangerous terrorist and we've got the same blurb. *g*

M. G. Tarquini said...

Eye of the Needle, Ken Follett 1978

The allies have the Germans convinced they plan to invade Calais. Only one spy knows the truth, and the only person preventing him from getting that knowledge to the Nazis is Lucy Rose, a woman caring for her crippled husband on a lonely island.

Daniel Hatadi said...

The Bridge Of Sighs - Olen Steinhauer, 2002

In 1948, in a small, unnamed Eastern European country, homicide detective Emil Brod has been assigned his first case in the People's Militia, and his colleagues think he's a spy.

Nikki said...

Gorky Park - Martin Cruz Smith

Three dead bodies buried in the snow add the crooked members of the KGB, the FBI, and the NYPD and have fun.

Angela/SciFiChick said...

Patriot Games - Tom Clancy

From Great Britain to the US, danger follows CIA agent, Jack Ryan, and his family, landing them in the midst of international terrorism.

angie said...

Ya know what's embarrassing? I've realized that I can't think of a single international thriller that I've read. I'm sure there's something (and I REALLY want an ARC), but I can't think of a single one. Dammit. I'll have to check with the hubster & see if he can think of anything...

traveler said...

The Messenger by Daniel Silva. Around the globe action involving the world art community, Israeli Mossad, The Pope and the U.S. President.

alissa said...

The Faithful Spy by Alex Berenson. This book has a depth to it which includes an historical context of the World War 1 aftermath throught World War 11 and contains international intrigue with exceptional characters.

ellie said...

The Botherhood of the Rose by David Morrell. Spanning the globe this book features a novel of fierce loyalty, violent betrayal and revenge.

sharon said...

The Perfect Assassin by Ward Larsen. A lethal organization combined with a partnership with a killer in a high stakes struggle for the Middle East Power.

pearl said...

Tears of Autumn by Charles McCarry. A unique approach to the Kennedy assassination which contains more information about the Vietnam connection.

joelle said...

The Mark of the Assassin by Daniel Silva.
An inside look at the life of a CIA Agent whose quest leads him to a secret organization rife with corruption.

angie said...

Doctor No - Ian Fleming, 1958

Poor James Bond, after recovering from a bizarre shoe poisoning, his rest trip to Jamaica has him fighting off a mechanical dragon and a half German-half Chinese supervillian with only his close personal friend, Honeychile Rider, to lend a hand.

principessa said...

Less Than a Shadow by David Chacko.

A prominent journalist is murdered in Istanbul escalating into high drama involving the Turkish Mafia,a lethal hidden secret and a terrible threat about to change the Middle East forever.

spyscribbler said...

I can't possibly choose one, and I'm running out of time. So, accounting for the fact that John Rain is an assassin, not a spy, I'll have to go with the latest spy thriller I've read:

Legends, by Robert Littell: A man tries to sort out his past identies to find out the truth of who he is and, er ... not die. (See, I'm horrible at boiling it down to one line! It's a good book, I swear!)

Duane Swierczynski said...

The Eiger Sanction, by Trevanian.

I can't believe nobody's mentioned this one yet. It's a brilliant piece of writing that's almost a send-up of the espionage genre--but also bloody, action-packed, sadistic, and clever as fuck.

Crap, that's two lines.

Sandra Seamans said...

Do cozy spy thrillers count?

Mrs. Pollifax on the China Station- Dorthy Gilman, 1983

Senior citizen spy outsmarts the Chinese government.

Rob Gregory Browne said...

Stormbreaker - Anthony Horowitz

After discovering his recently murdered uncle was really a spy, 14 year-old Alex Rider is recruited by MI6 to take over his uncle's mission and infiltrate a prep school.