Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Giveaway: Night Gardener by George Pelecanos

Thanks to Valerie at Hatchette Books, I'm hosting my first book giveaway! I have 5 copies of The Night Gardener by George Pelecanos.

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Synopsis courtesy of Barnes and Noble:

When the body of a local teenager is found in a community garden, homicide detective Gus Ramone relives intense memories of a case he worked twenty years earlier. When he was still a rookie, Ramone and his partner Dan "Doc" Holiday assisted legendary detective T.C. Cook as he investigated a series of killings involving young victims left overnight in neighborhood parks. The killer, dubbed, "the Night Gardener," was never caught. Since then, Holiday has left the force under a cloud of morals charges; he now works as a bodyguard and driver, taunted by his dreams of what he might have been. Cook retired, but he has never stopped agonizing about the unsolved case. Ramone is "good police," working as a homicide detective for the city's violent-crime division. He is also a devoted husband and father, and his teenage son, Diego, was a friend of the most recent victim, a boy named Asa." Could the Night Gardener be on the prowl again? Asa's death draws the three men together on a mission to finish the work that has haunted them for years. For T.C. Cook, it means solving one of the few cases that eluded him in his distinguished career. For Doc Holiday, the Night Gardener case is one last chance to prove - to Cook, to Ramone, and to himself - what kind of police officer he once was. For Gus Ramone, catching the killer means not only doing his job but knowing that his son will not be the next victim. The regret, anger, and fierce sense of purpose that once burned between them come rushing back as they race to lay to rest the monster who has stalked their dreams.


Visit George Pelecanos's website to read excerpt of the book or learn more about the author. Read my review of The Night Gardener posted on June 22.

CONTEST DETAILS:
To enter, list a book that you'd like to read next or a book that you'd recommend.

Rules:
1. Please include your email address, so that I can contact you if you win.
2. For an extra entry, sign up to be a follower. If you're already a follower, let me know and you'll get the extra entry as well.
3. For another extra entry, subscribe via googlereader or blogger or by email and let me know that you do.
4. For another entry, blog about this giveaway and send me the link.
5. Leave a separate comment for each entry or you'll only be entered once.

The contest is limited to US and Canada only. No P.O. boxes. The contest ends at midnight of June 30, 2009.

76 comments:

  1. I just finished reading Dear John by Nicholas Sparks, who is one of my favorite authors. It was a touching love story and one that I would recommend. I am now reading Girls in Trucks and I plan to read The Last Lecture sometime this summer. I like to read a variety of books. I really want to read Night Gardener as I have seen great reviews on it.

    Please enter me in the giveaway! Thanks!

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  2. I follow your blog on Google! I really enjoy reading it!

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  3. I also subscribe by email.

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  4. Hi! No need to enter me; just posted this on Win A Book.

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  5. I'm getting ready to start a beach read. Bulls Island by Dorthea Benton Frank. It's not new but I haven't read it yet.

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  9. This looks great, I would love to read it!

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  10. I am a follower.

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  11. The book I just finished was It Happened In Italy which is in review on my blog www.theserenityroom.blogspot.com.

    I am also a follower and would like to be entered in your drawing.
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  12. I've seen this book everywhere! I would love a chance to win,
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  13. I just finished reading "The Book of Negroes" - highly recommend it. It is a fantastic read. I'd like to read "Mating Rituals of a North American Wasp" next.

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  16. Please enter me in your giveaway. I'd appreciate it. Thanks jessica(at)fan(dot)com

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  17. Next, I'd like to read 'The Girl Who Could Fly' by Victoria Forester. I just got my requested copy from the library. :-)

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  18. Yes, I'm a fan of Pelecanos. I just finished a new book called "Brooklyn" by Colm Toibin ,that I highly recommend!
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  19. This sounds like a very scary & intense book and I can't wait to read it.

    A book I'd recommend is "Agnes & the Hitman" by Jennifer Crusie.

    Thanks.
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  20. What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman is very good!
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  23. I would love to be included in this drawing. Thanks a bunch!

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  24. I am about to start reading Cemetary Dance, Can't wait!

    I would love to be entered in your giveaway, Thanks so much=)

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  25. am reading of bees and mist. good read.
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  26. I would recommend Billie Letts (MADE IN THE USA)

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  27. I am a follower.

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  30. A book that I enjoyed that I would call a thriller is Heartsick by Chelsea Cain.

    Please include me in the drawing.

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  31. I can't wait to read Finger Lickin' Fifteen by Janet Evanovich. Gotta love Stephanie Plum! :0)

    Thanks!
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  32. Don't enter me! Just wanted to let you know that I'm going to promote your contest giveaway over at the blog :)

    Here's the link -
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    Let me know about any upcoming contests, I will promote them for you :)

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  33. I would LOVE to be entered in the contest!

    A book that I am currentely reading and enjoying is How To Marry A Millionaire Vampire.

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  34. I have been seeing this book all over the place! Please do enter me, I'm very interested in reading this one!
    Cheers,

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    I would recommend SWOON because it's amazing. I just finished it last night, after two days of reading. It was perfect for everyone, romance, dark, secrets, amazing.

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  36. Would love to read this! Please enter me.
    Next book I am going to read is "The Risk of Darkness" by Susan Hill. This is her third book. The first two were excellent.
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  37. No need to enter me, Gaby. I'm just dropping in to say thanks for the e-mail. I've got this psoted at Win a Book for you.

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  38. Looks like a good read, please enter me into this drawing.

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway.
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  39. Great giveaway! A good book I read is -Beautiful Boy" by Nic sheff. Thanks jacquecurl1@gmail.com

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  40. I am a new follower. jacquecurl1@gmail.com

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  42. This looks great! Please enter me!

    I'd like to read Dean Koontz's new one Relentless next.

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  43. I'm a subscriber (through Google Reader).

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  44. Please enter me. I'd love to read this!

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  45. Next book I'm going to read is Among the Mad, the latest in Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs series.

    I would love to have my name entered in the giveaway.

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  46. Im in =)

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  47. I became a follower =)

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  48. The book I would like to read most right now is the last book in the Frankenstein series by Dean Koontz. However it doesn't come out till July. The suspense is killing me.

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  49. I would love to win this book. I just stared reading Dangerous Games by Keri Aurthur last night.

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  50. I am a follower.

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  51. I just finished The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society .. this book was a freebie from the publisher and I wasn't sure what to expect... please, read this book... it was beautiful and at the end I wanted more... I want to read more about the people on this Island ... I highly recommend this to all... thanks Debb
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  52. Thank you, Debb! I'd heard so much about The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society that I'd gotten it out from my local library. I started it yesterday afternoon and love it! Like you, I wasn't sure if I'd take to it with the letter format. I'm almost done and savoring every bit. Thanks so much for the recommendation!

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  53. Well, after reading the above comments, I would like to read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society! I've heard a million great things about it.

    And please enter me in the giveaway to win The Night Gardener, and thank you for hosting!

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  54. Please enter me in this great contest :)

    I can't wait to read the Finger Lickin' Fifteen By Janet Evanovich

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  55. I recently read The Shack by William P Young- very good read

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  56. With summer here, I'm hoping to get a chance to read Minnette Walters' Devil's Feather. I met and had her sign my copy when she was in town for an Author's event.

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  57. Up next I am going to read The Myrtles Plantation by Frances Kermeen. I follow your blog thru bloglines.
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  58. I recommend The Little Giant of Aberdeen County. It was great!
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  59. Wow, what a great giveaway, the Night Gardner is
    supposed to be a great mystery, please include
    me in and thank you very much.

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  60. Please include me, thanks!

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  61. I sunscribe via google reader!

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  62. Oh, I have about 100 books on my shelf waiting to be read. I don't know what will be next. Maybe The Color Purple.

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  63. I follow

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  65. I blogged it:

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  66. One of my favourite books is: Mutant Message Down Under by Marlo Morgan. Thanks.

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  68. Just read The Shadow of the Wind. This book has alot of twists & turns, Can't wait to read The Angel's Game

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  69. A book i would recommend...Define 'Normal' by Julie Anne Peters is one of my all time favorite books.

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  70. Next on my "to read"list is Falling into the Sun by Charrie Hazard

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  71. I think my next book will be The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson.

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  72. I signed up to follow your blog.

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