Introducing Black Run #killerfest15

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Norway had Harry Hole,

Scotland had Rebus,

Sweden had Wallander,

Belgium had Poirot,

and Italy…has Rocco Schiavone

Black Run: For your Euro crime fiction fix

The dark flanks of the Alps tower over everything. Wind whistles through the fir trees. An expanse of ice and snow with no end in sight. A growing stain. A mess of flesh and blood. A corpse buried six inches under the snow.

Enter Rocco Schiavone, Deputy Police Chief and a man who has more beautiful women in his bed than sensible shoes under it. He’s stuck in this backwards Alpine town after getting on the wrong side of the wrong people and longs for the fritto misto, cobbled streets and lucky breaks of his beloved Rome. On top of that, he’s got a dead body to deal with and this mangled corpse is “a pain in the ass, number 10 on the scale, summa cum laude”…

There is blood on the black run and nothing to identify the victim but a tattoo of Luisa Pec, owner of a bar popular with the locals and a pair of blue eyes popular with Rocco. Was it a crime of passion? Or of jealousy? And how is the mafia involved? Rocco Schiavone is on the case in the first of a sensational new crime series.

Surly, moody, individualistic, unconventional, corrupt, abusive, with a dark past, Rocco Schiavone seems to come from the dark metropolis of a novel by James Ellroy’ L’Indice

‘Corrupt and ingenious, Rocco Schiavone echoes Dudley Smith from L.A. ConfidentialLa Stampa

‘Rocco Schiavone is as bad a cop as Lt. Kojak. Dishonest, potentially violent, intolerant of the rules, but he also has a talent for the job…’ Repubblica

We have 20 Proof copies to give away. Email 4thestate.marketing@harpercollins.co.uk  to be in with a chance to discover Italy’s hottest new crime writer first.

A Towering Tower – winners announced!

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As you may know, to celebrate the paperback release of the final instalment in the fantastic SANCTUS trilogy we built a towering tower, using numerous copies of The Tower.
Five days and sixty-five guesses later, we can reveal that the number of books used to construct our tower was… 35!

Thank you so much to everyone who entered the competition. We had a fantastic response, but unfortunately we can only have 3 winners. We’re very pleased to announce that those winners are:

S Osborne
Lucy H
Cathy Edwards

We’ll email you shortly to arrange to send out your signed hardback copy of The Tower AND a paperback copy.

The Tower

Congratulations from the Killer Reads team!

If you weren’t lucky enough to win, don’t forget The Tower is available to buy in paperback right now! And if you haven’t discovered the Sanctus trilogy yet, start reading for free!

AFTER THE RISE, COMES THE FALL…

Your November Read – The City of Shadows by Michael Russell

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This week we have a brilliant opportunity for 5 lucky readers to win a copy of Avon’s debut novel from author Michael Russell, The City of Shadows

 

Michael Russell on writing ‘The City of Shadows

This book began as a conversation with an Irish film producer about the strange position Ireland had during the Second World War, supposedly neutral but neutral in a very odd way. When German airmen crashed in the Republic they were interned for the duration of the war; when Allied airmen crashed they were given a cup of tea and put on a bus to Belfast. Dublin was not only a city where German and British spies sat across Bewley’s Café from one another and drank together in Grafton Street pubs, it was also a place where the future of Ireland depended as much on the outcome of the war as did the future of the whole of Europe. That conversation brought together many years of writing detective fiction for television and an interest in the events of the thirties and forties that shaped the world we live in now. How did Irish Read More