Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Blog Milestone Giveaway: Lawrence Block’s Borderline and a New Mike Hammer Novel

I recently took a peek at my blog stats and noticed that Book Dirt has reached more than 250,000 page views. That’s a quarter of a million times people have stopped by. While some of those views go to people Googling “nude owls” or visiting just to see the yearly weird calendar round-up, many of them go to you: the loyal readers who actually bother to read my reviews of dusty crime novels or my thoughts on bizarre book news.

While I think it’s a pretty cool milestone, you know who else thinks it’s cool? The folks at Hard Case Crime/Titan Books. They’re helping me celebrate the milestone by offering a copy of Lawrence Block’s Borderline to one lucky Book Dirt reader, and King of the Weeds, a new Mickey Spillane novel completed by Max Allan Collins, to another.

Lawrence Block's Borderline. See details at Amazon.

With Borderline, Hard Case Crime has brought out a Lawrence Block title that hasn’t been in print for 50 years. Originally published as Border Lust in 1962 and attributed to the name Don Holliday, the book was written when Block was really beginning to pick up steam as a writer (the great Grifter’s Game was published a year previous, under the title Mona). This one is as raw and gritty as anything you’d expect from Block in the paperback-boom era. Says Booklist: “This one makes the most of its seedy border-town setting, jumping between El Paso and Juárez, as the paths of a gambler, divorcée, hitchhiker, stripper, and psycho killer come together in an inevitable bloodbath.”

Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins' King of the Weeds. Details at Amazon.

Critics were hostile to Mickey Spillane (and his penchant for sex and violence) when Mike Hammer first appeared in I, the Jury in 1947, but 225 million book sales later, readers have had the last word. Spillane died in 2006, but not before making a deal with friend Max Allan Collins to finish his work. That’s exactly what Collins has done, and the latest Spillane novel is King of the Weeds, in which Mike Hammer is tracking a serial killer focused on killing cops. Crime readers know Collins for his Hard Case Crime titles and the great Nathan Heller series that was launched with True Detective, but those less familiar with his work might still recognize his work on the graphic novel Road to Perdition.

Both books are brand spankin’ new releases that only hit the stores in the last few days, so you can be among the first readers.

How to enter: simply leave a comment. If you’re pressed for words, let me know your favorite Hard Case Crime title (or one you’d like to read, if you’re new to HCC).

I’ll draw a different winner for each title on June 3. If you already own one of these, let me know if you’d only like to be considered for one of the titles. Also keep in mind that the winners must share their name and mailing address with me via email.

Good luck, and thanks for being one of my 250,000 page views.