Monday, June 20, 2011

A Message from Robert J. Randisi and a Giveaway

A Good Summer
Bob Randisi


It’s very hard for an author to choose his favorite among all the books he’s written. It’s especially hard for me, after 500+ books have been published.

Among my favorites have always been the two Nick Delvecchio novels, NO EXIT FROM BROOKLYN (1987) and THE DEAD OF BROOKLYN (1991). There are a few reasons for this. One, the books are set in Brooklyn, where I grew up. Two, there is more of me in Delvecchio than any of my other characters. And third, He sprang forth almost wholly formed in that first book, where as other characters—Jacoby, Keough, Gil & Claire—have needed a book or two in order develop. After 1991, Nick fell by the wayside, even though there was a third book planned, partially written and set aside for other things. Now, 20 years after the fact, comes THE END OF BROOKLYN (Perfect Crime Books, 2011). This completes what is now a trilogy, though some reviews and bloggers don’t believe I‘m done with Nick. If there were going to be other books, though, they’d have to be well planned, because this is truly a self-contained trilogy. It ends the way none of my other series have ever ended. Which is the reason I won’t reveal any of the plot here. The first two books are currently available in reprint from Ramble House and Amazon. THE END OF BROOKLYN is available from Perfect Crime Books, CreateSpace or Amazon.

My other favorites are among my most recent books. They are the Rat Pack series. Book #5 is I’M A FOOL TO KILL YOU (Severn House, Jan. 2011), which became available in January of 2011 in hardcover, and is now available in trade paperback. Meanwhile, the 6th book, FLY ME TO THE MORGUE (Severn House, June 2011), is now out in hardcover. #5 features Ava Gardner and just might be my favorite in the series, since I think Ava was one of the most—if not the most—beautiful woman in the history of the movies. #6 features appearances by Bing Crosby and his wife, with cameos by Bob Hope and Jack Benny.


I’m having a good Summer.

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David Cranmer here: Mr. Randisi has been kind enough to give away one copy of each of the above titles. You have until this Thursday at midnight to leave your name and e-mail in the comments section of this post and I'll put all the names into a hat and draw three lucky winners. I will announce the winners this Friday.

34 comments:

Heath said...

I actually JUST read my first Randisi, The Widowmaker Book One: Invitation to a Hanging. Big, big fun, with a likeable hero and interesting supporting characters. I understand it was meant as the first in a series that never happened (the publisher dropped their western line?). But I'm anxious to read more.
Oh, and here's my e-mail: helowrance@yahoo.com.
Cheers!

J. Kingston Pierce said...

OK, I'll bite. I would love to receive any one of those three Randisi novels. Name: Jeff Pierce. E-mail: jpwrites@wordcuts.org

Thanks,
Jeff

AC said...

Here you go--

mrcthedj@yahoo.com

Chris said...

500 books; the brain literally freezes at the thought of it. Quite an impressive feat, that!

chris_latray@yahoo.com

Alyssa Goodnight said...

Five hundred plus books?? The mind boggles. Can't even imagine...

Randy Johnson said...

I'm in.

bigdaddy120@triad.rr.com

Joy Matkowski said...

While I've often seen the sign for the Ava Gardner Museum when I've passed through North Carolina, I've never stopped and gone in. Have you, Mr. Randisi?

(jmatkowski1@comcast.net)

Chris Rhatigan said...

Cool. I've read some of Mr. Randisi's shorts and enjoyed them.

Here's my address for that contest: chris.rhatigan@gmail.com

Chris Rhatigan said...

Yeah, 500 books. I don't even know what that means. Truly mind boggling.

henry said...

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G said...

I'm willing to explore new genres.

georgebjr2006@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I'm a fan of Mr. Randisi's Westerns, you betcha. Thank you both.

Ed Lynskey

e_lynskey@yahoo.com

David Barber said...

Hats off to Mr. Randisi! 500 books, phew!

david_barber2001@yahoo.co.uk

John Kenyon said...

I'm with the rest... 500? Mind-boggling. Randisi has long been on my "to be read" list, so it would be nice to have a book here on the pile to nudge that along.
kenyon8 @ yahoo.com

Naomi Johnson said...

I've read one title in the Rat Pack series, and I liked it, so yes, count me in.

beauvallet@aol.com

Larry D. Sweazy said...

Toss my name in the hat.

Kevin R. Tipple said...

Very cool...please count me in.



Kevin R. Tipple
kevinrtipple@verizon.net

Jerry House said...

I wonder if he has surpassed John Creasey and Georges Simenon yet? If not, next month for sure. The man is a wonder.

house_jerry@hotmail.com

BISH said...

I'm in! Bish

twalker said...

Always interested in new reads. I will look into these anyway but it would fun to win one!!

Thomas Walker
tgwalker@sunserver.com

Benjie said...

Your Name (Benjie Potter) and email (benjap@pobox.com) in the comments section of this post

ChuckTyrell said...

Put my name in the hat.

ChuckTyrell said...

Oops, forgot to put in the email addy. ctw@chucktyrell.com

Mystery Dawg said...

Late to the party as always. I don't know why Randisi's books are not better known.
Aldo
mysdawg@sbcglobal.net

Anonymous said...

A chance to win some Randisi books? Oh yeah -- I'm in!

Alan Cranis
acranis@yahoo.com

Charles Gramlich said...

I've read some of his short stories but not yet a full length novel by him. I should definitely change that.

ABSOLUTELY*KATE said...

RANDISI ROCKS!

OK, it wasn't just the fantastic claims past fame THE RAT PACK MYSTERIES ushered in with a brilliant flashlight in the dark (Frank, Dean and Sammy interview AT THE BIJOU here: http://tinyurl.com/3qoofzj) . . . gosh, it was more of gettin' to know the prolific real-guy mind of this hero-author of mine in crime to western scenarios.

That 500 ... + ...
I actually wanta read 'em all. He's that damn good. THANKS David, for eliciting this interview of the godfather of pulp fiction and more, and more ... and then some.

~ Absolutely*Kate
AT THE BIJOU ... and around WebTowne
RiverviewStudios@gmail.com

M. C. Funk said...

Righteous. All spare fingers are crossed.

matt [at] matthewfunk [dot] net

Rex Kusler said...

I'm feeling lucky.

rex@rexkusler.com

Jo Ann Hakola, The Book Faerie said...

I'd love to win! hakola at gmail.com

Oscar said...

Throw me in the pool, too!

ocase@cox.net

Nocomme1 said...

Who can resist a Randisi giveaway?

Jodi MacArthur said...

Count me in!

Jodi MacArthur

jessjo33@gmail.com

Judy H said...

500+! Amazing.

Hope I win :)

headlessfowl at gmail dot com