Alafair Burke & William Dietrich are featured in this week’s Giveaway.

This week , in conjunction with Friday Reads Facebook page, we are giving away copies Alafair Burke’s IF YOU WERE HERE and William Dietrich’s THE BARBED CROWN

IF YOU WERE HERE by Alafair Burke

Magazine journalist McKenna Wright is chasing the latest urban folktale-the story of an unidentified woman who heroically pulled a teenaged boy from the subway tracks, seconds before an oncoming train. When McKenna locates a short video snippet that purportedly captures part of the incident, she thinks she has an edge on the competition scrambling to identify the mystery heroine.

She is shocked to discover that the woman in the video bears a strong resemblance to Susan Hauptmann, a close friend who disappeared without a trace a decade earlier. Investigating her disappearance, the NYPD concluded that the nomadic Susan-forced by her father into an early military life, floundering as an adult for a fixed identity-simply left town to start over again somewhere else.

But McKenna has always believed the truth went deeper than the police investigation ever reached, and sees Susan’s resurfacing as a sign that she wants to be found. Yet when she shares the image with her husband, Patrick, who was Susan’s classmate at West Point, he isn’t convinced.

What would have been a short-lived metro story sends McKenna on a dangerous search for the missing woman, a twisting journey through New York City that will force her to unearth long-buried truths much closer to home-to her own husband, who seems to know much more about Susan than McKenna could have ever imagined…

With If You Were Here, the superb Alafair Burke delivers another “plot-driven nail-biter” (Library Journal) that is pure “fast-paced fun” (People).

Alarfair Burke
A graduate of Stanford Law School and a former Deputy District Attorney in Portland, Oregon, Alafair is now a Professor of Law at Hofstra Law School, where she teaches criminal law and procedure. Her novels, nine in all,  have been praised by some of the world’s most respected crime writers, including Harlan Coben, Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Nelson DeMille, Sue Grafton, Dennis Lehane, Laura Lippman, Karin Slaughter, Lisa Scottoline, and Lisa Unger.

THE BARBED CROWN by William Dietrich

Spy, adventurer, and treasure hunter Ethan Gage fought beside Napoleon Bonaparte in Egypt and was his agent in Italy, America, and Greece. But that uneasy partnership has soured, and now the swashbuckling hero wants revenge-to make Napoleon pay for kidnapping Ethan’s son, Harry, and nearly killing his wife, Astiza.

Smuggled into France, Gage is determined to stop Bonaparte and destroy his ambitions to conquer all of Europe, including Britain. Intrigue pulsates in the City of Light’s deepest shadows as Gage, joined by Astiza, conspires to sabotage Napoleon’s coronation, substituting the power-mad emperor’s diadem with the Crown of Thorns-the religious relic purportedly worn by Christ at his crucifixion. When the plot is foiled, Astiza is captured and Ethan flees to England.

The British enlist the American’s cunning and expertise to defeat the Little Corporal, and together with a circle of brilliant renegades, including Robert Fulton, designer of the first submarine; rocket artillery pioneer Sir William Congreve; and smuggler Tom Johnstone, they devise a daring plan as the French set sail for invasion. As two empires face off at sea, Gage is plunged into one of the most decisive and lethal battles of all time-and the most dangerous fight of his life-the Battle of Trafalgar.

Moving from the glittering boulevards and squalid back alleys of Napoleonic France to the high seas of Regency England, filled with adventure, romance, danger, and glory, The Barbed Crown is a thrilling romp that sees Ethan Gage once again embroiled in European history . . . and the fate of the modern world.

William Dietrich is the author of 17 books of historical thriller fiction and Pacific Northwest environmental history. He was a career journalist, working for the Seattle Times, and taught environmental journalism at Huxley College of the Environment in Bellingham, WA. Research for his books and stories has taken him from the Arctic to the South Pole and around the world. His Ethan Gage series of Napoleonic adventures has reached a global audience, selling into 28 languages.

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We will pick the winners on June 14th.

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