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.

14 comments:

  1. My favourite Hard Case Crime title is KISS HER GOODBYE by Allan Guthrie, the first book of HCC and Mr. Guthrie that I ever read.

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  2. That's a great offer. Both books are supposed to be fine reads. I have so many books to review, I haven't either of these yet, but they are on my to read list soon. Hard Case Crime has released a lot of great books over the years.

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    1. Tom, you've been drawn as the winner of KING OF THE WEEDS. I've sent you an email. Congrats!

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    2. Wow, I wasn't expecting it, Kelly. Thanks. I've been wanting to read this one for a while.

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  3. I've got all the HCC mass markets but only get the trades when they're by someone like Block or Westlake.

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  4. I'm going to go with Plunder of the Sun as my favorite Hard Case Crime book.

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    1. Hi Glen. Looks like you've won the random number draw for BORDERLINE. Your profile doesn't connect to an email address that I can view, so if you'd like to contact me with your mailing address (see my profile page), I'll get that on out to you. If I don't hear back in seven days, I'll re-draw. Congrats!

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  5. I'd be interested in BORDERLINE.Looks good. I already have the Hammer title, sent by Max Allan Collins.

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  6. Kelly, that's an impressive number of views! We all hope for another 250k. I'm not sure I qualify for the giveaway since I'm located outside of US.

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  7. Just want to send my congrats on your page view milestone, Kelly. Makes you feel so important, doesn't it? ;^) No need to include me in the giveaway. I get way too many freebies from PR firms and publishers and I'm running out of room.

    I've enjoyed reading nearly all the HCC titles. I have a small library of most of them. One of my favorites -- only because it was so very different than their usual books -- is Christa Faust's porn noir MONEY SHOT.

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  8. Congratulations on the milestone! I'm not sure I've ever read any of those types of books, but I'm a fan of the old film noir films. The border towns of Borderline are not like they are now I guess. There was a seedy romantic aspect to them back then, but now it's more like a horror movie from what I've been hearing. I haven't been across the border for several years.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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  9. Kelly, many congratulations on the milestone! I have enjoyed the few Hard Card Crime novels I've read. I haven't read Block as much as I've read Spillane and I intend to get around to reading their books, including those by Collins, soon.

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  10. Congrats on your mile, and arrival. I'd like the Block book please if I am drawn.

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  11. Further congratulations! I'm closing in on a half-million pageviews myself, and it would be nice to know who's a robot and who is an interested explorer of the obscure or fantasticated...but I'm simply happy that folks seem to be interested, and that folks such as yourself contribute comments and join in the group activities as the spirit moves them.

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