Monday, November 30, 2009

Monday Mystery Backlist - ON THE ROPES (Plus a Give-Away)

This week Tom Schreck will release the third book in his Duffy Dombrowski mystery series, OUT COLD. I reviewed OUT COLD in September; you can read it here if you missed it.

In honor of that release, I'm celebrating "Schreck Week." Today's Monday Mystery Backlist title will be ON THE ROPES, the first Duffy Dombrowski mystery. And at the end of this post I will be announcing an extra special give-away! On Friday we'll meet up with Tom for an "unprecedented" (thank you Mr. President) interview. I hope you'll stop by to see it.

But, without further ado, let's talk about ON THE ROPES. Published in 2007, ON THE ROPES introduced Duffy Dombrowski and a rich cast of characters. Duffy is a part-time boxer, full-time social worker who doesn't necessarily like playing by the rules, especially when those rules are nothing more than bureaucratic...well, ridiculousness.

For example, Duffy shouldn't be paying house calls to his clients, but had he not, he never would have learned about Walanda's missing step-daughter. Walanda is a client of Duffy's but she's also a schizophrenic, crack-addicted prostitute. When Walanda ends up murdered in jail, Duffy takes in her Muslim basset hound, Al, and goes in search of the missing step-daughter.

Ken Bruen says, "Not since Carl Hiassen's TOURIST SEASON debut has there been a novel with such superb comic timing and laugh-out-loud lines."

And Marcus Sakey describes Duffy as "an Everyman with a big heart and wicked jab, Duffy Dombrowski may well be the new Spenser."

And if you'd like to see what I had to say about ON THE ROPES, you can read my review from earlier this year, here.

As promised, I have an extra-special give-away for "Schreck Week." Because I love MY own set of Duffy Dombrowski books so much, I got a set to give away to a lucky winner - just in time for the holidays. My gift to you. PLUS, they're all signed: ON THE ROPES, TKO, and OUT COLD! All you have to do is fill out this handy dandy little form I've created here - only entries entered through the form will be accepted. I'm getting high tech on you! ;) The contest is open to anyone with a U.S. postal address. I will take entries through midnight on Friday (December 4th). One entry per person. On Saturday I'll consult the random number generator and find a winner. Good luck!

And remember to visit on Friday for Tom's Inquisition...I mean interview. Happy Reading!


le0pard13 November 30, 2009 at 2:01 PM  

Thanks for offering this, Jen.

Pop Culture Nerd November 30, 2009 at 2:45 PM  

This is fantastic, Jen! When you recommended OUT COLD last week for Buy Books for the Holidays, I made a mental note to check out Tom's books. This is would be a terrific way to get my hands on them. And they're signed to boot! Too bad I can only enter once because I'd be sitting here hitting refresh, filling out multiple forms and stuffing the box.

Thanks, Jen!

Tania November 30, 2009 at 7:50 PM  

I read the first book in the series (after getting the 2nd one at this year's Bouchercon) and loved it! Glad to see that I have at least two more to enjoy.

I'd enter the contest, but I'm a little too far north to qualify. ;)

Jen Forbus December 1, 2009 at 6:11 AM  

PCN, I so love when you leave comments! You always make me smile...many times laugh out loud! :) Thanks!

Tania, I'm so tickled you loved ON THE ROPES! And you're lucky TKO went fast at Bouchercon. There were a lot of disappointed folks. And hold tight because the fourth Duffy book is also in the works, so there's even more to come. Check back on Friday for Tom's interview. I know you'll love it!

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