Wednesday, December 21, 2011

On the tenth day of Christmas, Overlook Press gave to me...

For the last nine days, we have been wrapped up in holiday gift-giving of the literary variety--the very best kind, in our opinion. Shall we recap? With three days left to go in our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway, we've already featured a number of themed prize packs from our extensive Overlook library, including: Charles Portis, design, mystery and true crime, journalism, YA, gift books, Mervyn Peake, Christmas, and P.G. Wodehouse. Congrats to yesterday's winner, Antigoni (Andy)! There are still three chances to win; keep the tweets and comments coming.

After more than a week of hand-picking presents for our wonderful readers, we received a sweet little surprise of our own last night: Overlook elephant cookies! With purple sprinkles! Cookies and books: there really is no better way to an Overlooker's heart. Thanks, Kate! We were lucky to snap a picture before the last one was gobbled up this morning.

Fueled by sprinkles and icing, we are excited to present Day 10 of our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway which brings you heart-pounding, hand-wringing suspense from Nisbet, McCarry and Colfer, oh my! If the Winter of 2012 in New York City is anything like its predecessor, we can't think of a better way to stave off the winter blues than to escape into a world of spies, fugitives, plugs? With plot twists, thrills, and a dose of good humor on every page, we promise you won't notice an MTA meltdown or the three feet of snow barring you from civilization this season. You'll be too busy thanking your lucky stars for being snowed in with these masters of suspense and comic noir.

Shelley's Heart by master storyteller Charles McCarry is a spectacular novel surrounding a twenty-first century presidential election gone awry. On the eve of the Inauguration, the defeated candidate presents the incumbent president with proof of computer fraud to no avail; the president elect takes the oath of office despite dire consequences that threaten to destroy him, his party, and the Constitution. Two lifelong friends turn bitter political rivals in this tale of love, murder, and conspiracy expertly capturing the calculating and treacherous forces at play in American politics.

In the international bestseller Dark Companion, Jim Nisbet perfectly captures the weirdness of American suburbia in a story of seedy neighbors, crime, politics, cosmology, and physics. When the tenuous relationship between a levelheaded scientist and his drug-dealing neighbor takes a dubious turn, Banerjhee Rolf finds himself a fugitive from justice. If you are a lover of American Noir, you can't miss this masterpiece of the genre.

Plugged by Eoin Colfer tells the story of Daniel McEvoy, an Irish bouncer who works at a shady New Jersey club. When the woman Dan loves is murdered followed by those closest to him, he finds himself running from the cops, the mob, and an unstable lovesick neighbor. His only evidence points to a doctor who gave him hair transplants and then mysteriously disappeared. With the help of an unlikely cast of characters, Dan perseveres in this hilarious tour de force thriller of head-spinning plots and twists.

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petite said...

These books would be enjoyed, treasured and appreciated. many thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

traveler said...

Love the selection each day which is always a nice surprise. Today's books are indeed special. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Pat H. said...

I love a good mystery on a winter day by the fire!

Anonymous said...

All dark, how appropriate on the longest night of the year...Carl

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