Valerie, at Hachette Book Group, has kindly given me five copies of this book to giveaway to five lucky readers! This book sounds like a great read. I will be posting a review in the near future, so stay posted.

More about: The Night Gardener by George Pelecanos (Information provided by Hachette< Book Group and Publishers Weekly)

Starred Review. Pelecanos (Drama City) delivers a dignified, character-driven epic that succeeds as both literary novel and page-turner. In 1985, the body of a 14-year-old girl turns up in a Washington, D.C., park, the latest in a series of murders by a killer the media dub "The Night Gardener." T.C. Cook, the aging detective on the case, works with a quiet, almost monomaniacal, focus. Also involved are two young uniformed cops, Gus Ramone, who's diligent, conscientious and unimpressed by heroics, and Dan "Doc" Holiday, an adrenaline junkie who's decidedly less straight.

Fast forward 20 years. Detective Ramone, now married with kids of his own, investigates the murder of one of his teenage son's friends. The homicide closely resembles the earlier unsolved Night Gardener murders. Holiday, now an alcoholic chauffeur and bodyguard, follows the case on his own and tracks down Cook, long retired but still obsessed with the original murders. While the three work together toward a suspenseful ending, Pelecanos emphasizes the fallacy of "solving" a murder and explores the ripple effects of violent crime on society.

Contest Information and Guidelines:
The Facts
The giveaway starts today, May 26th and will run through Wednesday, June 24th. We will use a random number generator to determine the winners at that time and notify them via email. Please provide us with your email as it is the only way we have to get in touch with you! We will also post the winners here on the site. The contest is only open to residents of the United States and Canada. Unfortunately, we are unable to ship to P.O. Boxes.

To enter, simply leave a comment to this post. You can get an additional entries by:
1. Post this giveaway on your blog. Please provide me with a link to the URL.
2. Become a follower or subscriber, or just let us know if you already are.

Good luck!
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86 Responses
  1. gaby317 Says:

    I've heard many good things about this book. Please count me in!


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  2. gaby317 Says:

    I'm a follower

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    I wasn't sure if you'd rather have everything in 1 entry or not so I'm doing each one separately.

  3. gaby317 Says:

    i've posted a link to your contest on my blog's sidebar


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  4. gahome2mom Says:

    Since, Father's Day is coming up - this will be a great book for my husband. Thanks.

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  5. Madeleine Says:

    Please enter me, thank-you


  6. Please enter me into the giveaway. :)
    Thank you!


  7. Indigo Says:

    Please enter me for this drawing I have George Pelecanos two latest books and would love to add this one to the collection. Thanks for the opportunity! Indigo


  8. Indigo Says:

    I'm also subscribed via Google Reader. Thanks! Indigo


  9. mindy Says:

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  18. M Says:

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  19. Belinda Says:

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  20. Superbug1303 Says:

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  22. Nickolay Says:

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  23. Dixie Says:

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  25. J BOLF Says:

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  26. Pat Says:

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  28. Cheryl S. Says:

    George Pelecanos is one of my favorites - please count me in!


  29. Cheryl S. Says:

    I'm a follower.


  30. NL6369 Says:

    Always looking for new authors to read, this has been getting great reviews, it's on my list of summer reads.

  31. A Reader Says:

    Looks like a great read!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  35. Alicia Says:

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  36. Leah Says:

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  38. Min Says:

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  39. Julie Says:

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  40. Julie Says:

    By the way, I also put your giveaway on my blog!

  41. Marie Says:

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  42. Sarah Z Says:

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  43. ellie Says:

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  45. Sandra K321 Says:

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  46. Nicole Says:

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  47. Nicole D. Says:

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  49. Theresa N. Says:

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  50. gahome2mom Says:

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    I'd like to win this for my husband. :)

  51. Debi Says:

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    I love your layout for the blog !

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    Enter me, please.

  53. TeresaB Says:

    Ohhh, enter me please! I put this book on my summer reading challenge and would love to win it. I also put it on my blog... http://girlwithneedles.blogspot.com/2009/06/its-all-about-books.html

  54. Carlene Says:

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  55. Alexa Says:

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  56. Alexa Says:

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  57. Jackie Says:

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  60. Tracy Says:

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  61. This book sounds intriguing. Please count me in for both your contest and as a subscriber; I'm always looking for new things to read.

  62. Carol Says:

    I really enjoy his books! Thank you for the giveaway!

    I'm a subscriber.

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  65. Marjorie Says:

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  66. Beth Says:

    What a great book this would be to win - thanks for the chance.

  67. Pam Says:

    This sounds so intense and scary and I'd love to win it. Thanks.

  68. I love books about murder! I would really like to win it.

  69. budletsmom Says:

    I keep hearing about this book and I so want to read it now - just getting into mysteries.


  70. budletsmom Says:

    I am a new subscriber.


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  73. Erin Says:

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    Thanks so much for the great contest!

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  77. Anita Yancey Says:

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  78. Renee G Says:

    Would love to read this, and know my husband would also.

  79. Dragongrl4 Says:

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  80. Irene Yeates Says:

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  81. Irene Yeates Says:

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  83. Debb Says:

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  84. Luvdaylilies Says:

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  85. Hilarie Says:

    Winners are:

    Beth - pbclark at netins dot net
    Linda Ellen - pboylecharley at hotmail dot com
    runner04 - runner04 at gmail dot com
    Carol M.- mittens0831 at aol dot com
    Cheryl S.- megalon22 at yahoo dot com

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