Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Book Giveaway: The Night Gardener

I'm authorized to give away 5 copies. Rules for entry in the drawing are below. Please read them carefully.

The Night Gardener
by George Pelecanos
Back Bay Books

From Publishers Weekly:

Starred Review. Pelecanos (Drama City) delivers a dignified, character-driven epic that succeeds as both literary novel and page-turner. In 1985, the body of a 14-year-old girl turns up in a Washington, D.C., park, the latest in a series of murders by a killer the media dub "The Night Gardener." T.C. Cook, the aging detective on the case, works with a quiet, almost monomaniacal, focus. Also involved are two young uniformed cops, Gus Ramone, who's diligent, conscientious and unimpressed by heroics, and Dan "Doc" Holiday, an adrenaline junkie who's decidedly less straight.

Fast forward 20 years. Detective Ramone, now married with kids of his own, investigates the murder of one of his teenage son's friends. The homicide closely resembles the earlier unsolved Night Gardener murders. Holiday, now an alcoholic chauffeur and bodyguard, follows the case on his own and tracks down Cook, long retired but still obsessed with the original murders. While the three work together toward a suspenseful ending, Pelecanos emphasizes the fallacy of "solving" a murder and explores the ripple effects of violent crime on society.


  • Leave a comment in this post expressing your interest in entering the drawing.
  • Provide an @ by which I can contact you in case of a win. Either in your comment or in an email to me at joystory AT gmail DOT com If you email your @ be sure to connect it to your entry. If I do not receive an @ your entry will be disqualified.
  • If, in the case of a win, you would like me link to your blog in the winners announcement post, provide your URL in your comment or via email. This is not a requirement for entering nor do you have to have a blog yourself in order to enter.
  • If you blog or twitter about this giveaway, send me a link to the post and your name will be entered a second time.
  • Deadline for entering is NOON PST Saturday, Jun 27, 2009. I will select the winners with a random sequence generator using www.random.org.
  • I will announce the winners in a post as well as notify by email. Winners must respond with their mailing info within two days or forfeit. In which case I notify the next entry in the sequence generated by random.org.
  • Winners must provide a US or Canadian mailing address. Hachette is unable to deliver to PO Boxes. Also, for those of you winning the same title in more than one contest, be aware that Hachette may not deliver multiple copies of a single title to a single address.

51 tell me a story:

CherylS22 6/02/2009 7:30 PM  

George Pelecanos is one of my favorite authors - please count me in!


Bridget 6/03/2009 5:00 PM  

Just posted on Win A Book.

mindy 6/03/2009 6:04 PM  

sounds like a great read from a wonderful author thanks for the giveaway

Kitten22 6/03/2009 7:08 PM  

This looks great! Please enter me!


Kitten22 6/03/2009 7:08 PM  

I tweeted about this!



Unknown 6/03/2009 7:42 PM  

I would love to read this book, please enter me :)

lavery328 at yahoo dot com

one of the family 6/03/2009 7:55 PM  

Consider me entered!


scottsgal 6/03/2009 8:32 PM  

I really enjoy his books - please count me in

msboatgal at aol.com

LuAnn 6/03/2009 8:33 PM  

I'd really like to read this book!


Alicia 6/03/2009 10:04 PM  

Sounds like a great read.

Thanks for the giveaway >^..^<

bloggyig at gmail dot com

Jessica ( frellathon ) 6/03/2009 11:16 PM  

I can never say no to a book giveaway. Glad I found this one. Please enter me. Thanks.

Unknown 6/04/2009 4:48 AM  

I'd love to win this one! My email is in my profile.

tetewa 6/04/2009 5:59 AM  

I enjoy this author, count me in! tWarner419@aol.com

Stephen,  6/04/2009 6:05 AM  

I really liked The Turnaround by this author and would love to read another of his books. The Night Gardener sounds great. Enter me please. :)

Rattlesnake2021 AT aol DOT com

Susan 6/04/2009 6:13 AM  

sounds like a good summer read!

Sandra K321 6/04/2009 6:27 AM  

I have seen several reviews of this book and would enjoy reading it. Thanks.

Irene 6/04/2009 7:12 AM  

Please count me in! Thank you.

cyeates AT nycap DOT rr DOT com

Nickolay 6/04/2009 9:05 AM  

Looks like a great book. Thanks for the chance


Unknown 6/04/2009 9:32 AM  

I have been reading great reviews on this book, it is definitely on my summer reading list

Rebecca Cox,  6/04/2009 11:40 AM  

I would love to win The Night Gardner. There is nothing like a good murder mystery! rebecca.cox@charter.net

jemscout425 6/04/2009 2:58 PM  

i've been reading alot of great reviews on this book and now i'm dieing (well not dieing exactly, but eager)

AmandaK 6/04/2009 4:09 PM  

This book has been on my wish list for the longest time! I'd love to be entered!


Sir Thrift-A-Lot 6/04/2009 4:51 PM  

Looks excellent! Please enter me.



Dawn M. 6/04/2009 8:04 PM  

Oooo, I really want to read this one. Please count me in. :0)

librarygrinch at gmail dot com

Anonymous,  6/04/2009 11:56 PM  

Please enter me. George Pelecanos is one of the authors I've gotten interested in recently. Thanks!


Crystal F 6/05/2009 5:07 AM  

I would love to read this! Thank you!

crystal faulkner 2000 at yahoo dot com

wendy wallach 6/05/2009 7:31 PM  

I am interested in reading this.

madamerkf at aol dot com

Unknown 6/06/2009 4:58 AM  

Love to have this.



Rabid Fox 6/06/2009 7:54 AM  

I've been hearing good things about this book, so count me in. I'm a Canuck, after all. :) My e-mail addy is rabidfox(at)ymail.com, and I'll be following this blow now, as well as adding a link to this contest immediately for an extra entry.


Fingers crossed. :)

D Q 6/06/2009 8:25 AM  

Sounds like a great read. Please enter me in the draw.

Carlene 6/06/2009 10:45 AM  

Please include me in your giveaway.

Belinda M 6/06/2009 11:50 AM  

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Katrina 6/07/2009 7:36 AM  

I would like to be entered.

Unknown 6/07/2009 11:24 AM  

I'm a new reader to mystries and I would like to read this book. It sounds interesting.
Thanks for the giveaway.


Marie 6/07/2009 11:28 AM  

I would love to read this, it sounds great!


Anonymous,  6/07/2009 1:50 PM  

I am very interested in reading this

jdmimi at gmail dot com

jwx4 6/07/2009 2:34 PM  

I want to read this.
jwx4 at yahoo dot com

cstironkat 6/08/2009 4:07 PM  

Please enter me in your giveaway. I love his intense books.

Fokxxy 6/09/2009 9:23 AM  

I would love to be entered please.

Great Giveaway!


Nicole C. 6/09/2009 12:28 PM  

I would love to be entered!!


A Reader 6/10/2009 11:03 AM  

Please enter me.
Thanks for the giveaway!

Marjorie/cenya2 6/11/2009 3:51 PM  

I cannot wait to read this exciting
book, count me in on this great

Patti,  6/12/2009 4:28 PM  

Sounds like an interesting book.

Carol M 6/13/2009 10:41 AM  

I love his books! Thank you for the chance to win this one!
Carol M
mittens0831 AT aol.com

Mishia 6/13/2009 6:27 PM  

I;d love to read this! Thanks

Ellie Wright 6/14/2009 7:20 PM  

Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me.
eswright18 at gmail dot com

Anonymous,  6/15/2009 10:45 AM  

This looks great. Please include me in the drawing.

ihpie @ yahoo.com

MaMa 6/17/2009 6:34 PM  

I've heard a lot of good buzz abouth this book & would love to read it. Thanks!
mistyfuji (at) yahoo (dot) com

MaMa 6/17/2009 6:35 PM  

Tweeted here

Jamie 6/17/2009 8:30 PM  

please enter me... jjhbeautiful@hotmail.com

Alissa:Adventurer 6/25/2009 1:23 PM  

oh looks awesome!

alissa graham 116 AT gmail dot com

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