Ken Bruen and Marcia Clark

Hope the start of November finds everyone happy and healthy.  Crimespree magazine,  in conjunction with Friday Reads Facebook page,  is giving away copies of Marcia Clark’s KILLER AMBITION and Ken Bruen’s PURGATORY

PURGATORY by Ken Bruen

Recovering from the severe mental and physical wounds inflicted from his recent past, former cop Jack Taylor has finally found a modicum of peace. He has managed to kick the myriad substances that have had a stranglehold over his painful life, however tenuously. Yet this fragile existence is threatened when a vigilante killer begins targeting the scum of Galway, signing mysterious notes with the moniker ‘C 33’. The killer addresses these cryptic letters to Jack, trying to goad him into joining the murderous spree.

While Jack tries to unravel the mystery and motives of this demented killer, he is also brought into the fold of an enigmatic tech billionaire who has been buying up massive amounts of property in Galway, seemingly in the hopes of offering this downtrodden city a better future. Yet if Jack has learned one thing living in Ireland, it’s that people who outwardly claim to be on the side of righteousness are likely harboring far more nefarious motives beneath the surface.

With the help of his friends, former drug dealer-turned-zen master Stewart and dogged police sergeant Ridge, Jack is determined to track down C 33, even if it jeopardizes his livelihood, his friends, and the remaining shreds of his sanity. C 33 is Bruen at his best: lyrical, brutal, and ceaselessly suspenseful.

Ken Bruen was born in Galway in 1951, where he now lives. After completing a PhD in Metaphysics he spent twenty-five years as an English teacher in Africa, Japan, Asia and South America. The Guards, Ken´s first Jack Taylor novel, was published to glowing reviews in 2001 and has become an international bestseller. It was followed by The Killing of the Tinkers, The Magdalen Martyrs, The Dramatist, Priest, Cross, Sanctuary, The Devil, with Headstone to hit the shelves in 2011.

He was a finalist for the Edgar, Barry, and Macavity Awards, and the Private Eye Writers of America presented him with the Shamus Award for the Best Novel of 2003 (for The Guards). Ken received the best series award in February 2007 for the Jack Taylor novels from The Crime Writers Association of America. The Dramatist was nominated in March 2007 for a Gumshoe Award for the Best European Crime Novel of 2006. More recently he has won the German (2010) and French (2009) crime writers´ prizes.

KILLER AMBITION by Marcia Clark

Los Angeles D.A. Rachel Knight faces down the murderously ambitious side of Hollywood in Marcia Clark’s newest thriller.

When the daughter of a billionaire Hollywood director is found murdered after what appears to be a kidnapping gone wrong, Los Angeles Special Trials prosecutor Rachel Knight and Detective Bailey Keller find themselves at the epicenter of a combustible and high-profile court case. Then a prime suspect is revealed to be one of Hollywood’s most popular and powerful talent managers–and best friend to the victim’s father. With the director vouching for the manager’s innocence, the Hollywood media machine commences an all-out war designed to discredit both Rachel and her case. KILLER AMBITION is at once a thrilling ride through the darker side of Tinseltown and a stunning courtroom drama with the brilliant insider’s perspective that Marcia Clark is uniquely qualified to give.

Marcia Clark is a former LA, California deputy district attorney, who was the lead prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson murder case. She wrote a bestselling nonfiction book about the trial, Without a Doubt, and is a frequent media commentator and columnist on legal issues. She lives in Los Angeles. She is the author of the Rachel Knight series, which includes Guilt by Association, Guilt by Degrees, and Killer Ambition.

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We will pick the winners on November 15th.

When we do the drawing we will be sending an extra something for one lucky winner to be picked from the comments section of the Friday Reads face book page, so after you enter, go leave a comment!