Friday, August 29, 2014
Congratulations to Elaine Panneton, winner of last week's Friday Freebie: The Great Glass Sea by Josh Weil, Sea Creatures by Susanna Daniel, and The Story of Land and Sea by Katy Simpson Smith.
This week's book giveaway is a pair of novels sure to appeal to lovers of riveting historical fiction. Up for grabs: The Bully of Order by Brian Hart and The Big Crowd by Kevin Baker. The Bully of Order is a hardcover, The Big Crowd is a brand-new trade paperback. Read on for more information about each of the books....
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Paradise Alley) gives us a portrait of New York City politics and organized crime in the 1940s. Tom O'Kane has always looked up to his brother, Charlie, latching onto him as a surrogate father as soon as he arrived in America from County Mayo. Charlie is the American Dream personified: an immigrant who worked his way up from beat cop to mayor of New York. But what if Charlie isn't as wonderful as he seems? Based on one of the biggest unsolved mob murders in history, the heart of The Big Crowd is a mystery. More than a decade after Tom arrives in New York, he is forced to confront the truth about Charlie while investigating the mysterious "suicide" of "Kid Twist," Charlie's star witness against the largest crime syndicate in New York. As Tom digs deeper, the secrets he uncovers throw everything he thinks he knows about his beloved brother into question. In The Big Crowd, Kevin Baker brings the 1940s to indelible life, from the beaches of Acapulco to the battlefields of World War II, from Gracie Mansion to the Brooklyn docks. Booklist said, "Baker takes another juicy bite out of the Big Apple, demonstrating once again that nobody does old New York—in all its glamour and its grit—better."
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