Giveaway!: Joy Castro’s Hell or High Water & Nearer Home


ABOUT: Back in January, author Joy Castro joined the Critical Era book club to talk about her debut crime novel Hell or High Water. Tomorrow, it’s blistering sequel Nearer Home hits bookstores everywhere.  We want to give you the opportunity to own first edition hardback copies of both.  We’ve got three sets to giveaway.

HOW TO ENTER: Comment below and let us know who your all-time favorite crime writer is and why.

RULES: Using we’ll select three winners from the among all of the entries that are received by 8AM EST on Monday, July 22.  Each lucky winner will receive a first edition hard back copy of both Hell or High Water and its sequel Nearer Home.  North American residents only please.  Limit one entry per person.

MORE: Read on for full descriptions of both novels.

Hell_Or_High_WaterHell or High Water
A Novel by Joy Castro

Nola Céspedes, an ambitious young reporter at the Times-Picayune, finally catches a break: an assignment to write her first full-length feature. While investigating her story, she also becomes fixated on the search for a missing tourist in the French Quarter. As Nola’s work leads her into a violent criminal underworld, she’s forced to face disturbing truths from her own past and is confronted with the question: In the aftermath of devastation, who is responsible for rebuilding what’s been broken?

Vividly rendered in razor-sharp prose, this haunting thriller is a riveting journey of trust betrayed—and the courageous struggle to rebuild. Fast-paced, atmospheric, and with a knockout twist, Hell or High Water features an unforgettable heroine as fascinating and multilayered as New Orleans itself. (from the hardcover edition)

Nearer_HomeNearer Home
A Novel by Joy Castro

The irresistible, razor-sharp second book in the post-Katrina New Orleans-set crime series featuring unforgettable and gutsy reporter Nola Céspedes

Early one morning, Times-Picayune crime reporter Nola Céspedes goes for her regular run in Audubon Park. More than the heat of the dawning New Orleans day, she’s trying to outrun her growing unease with the man she’s seeing, who is pushing her to get more serious. Instead, Nola finds herself at the scene of a crime when she discovers a dead body. Worse, Nola recognizes the victim: Judith Taffner, her former journalism professor at Tulane.

Not convinced Dr. Taffner’s murder was the random work of a psychopath, and not one to put much trust in the good ol’ boys of the NOPD, Nola takes it upon herself to investigate. She discovers that Dr. Taffner was working on two explosive stories, both of which would shock even this notoriously corrupt city. And when an apparently related murder occurs in the middle of New Orleans’ packed Jazz Fest, Nola realizes it’s only a matter of time before she becomes a ruthless killer’s next target. (from the hardcover edition)

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  • Mike

    Might be a cliché at this point, but I guess I’d have to say Stieg Larsson. I do like Caleb Carr a lot, but I don’t know if he’d really be a crime writer.

    Joy is pretty damn good too!

  • Barbra Zupan

    I must admit, I’m not much of a crime reader but Critical Era is helping with that :) I am looking forward to reading Joy Castro’s continuation of Nola’s story. Aside from Critical Era, I think the main crime writer I’ve read is Stieg Larsson. I loved how the third book tied all the details of the political background of the story together.

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  • Erika

    I enjoyed some of James Patterson novels. Great amount of suspense and mystery! Thanks!

    • Typographical Era

      So many Patterson’s to chose from that it overwhelms me. What’s a really great one to try?

      • Erika

        So true:p I’m not sure which I would recommend. I’ve read a few but it was years ago so I can’t even remember which ones:)

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  • Lisa Grimes

    The team of Per Wahloo and Maj Sjowall tops my list.

    • Typographical Era

      Have you read Johan Theorin? He’s hands down my favorite Swedish crime guy.

      • Lisa Grimes

        I have not but I will look for him, thanks! Do you have a favorite?

        • Typographical Era

          He’s written a quartet about the island of Öland that can be read in any order. Echoes from the Dead (which beat out Girl With the Dragon Tattoo to win the International Crime Dagger award) and The Darkest Room are my favorites. They are very different from one another however, and in addition to the crime elements TDR might just be one of the best ghost stories I’ve ever read.

  • Robert Pace

    Hard to go wrong with A.C. Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. Has there every been a fictitious crime fighter so beloved and so often re-imagined? Doyle started my love of mysteries when I was a wee child, and he is still my sentimental favorite.

  • Heather S

    Lee Child hands down. I just connect with his writing style and the characters and stories he develops. heatheranne99 at gmail dot com

    • Typographical Era

      Never read any Child. Where’s a good starting point?

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  • Shannon @ River City Reading

    I’m still trying to dig into crime fiction, so my scope is pretty limited…trying to figure out my spot in the genre. I really enjoyed The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters and seem to enjoy others where the crime element is mixed with something a little offbeat.

    • Typographical Era

      Excellent point. I’m actually the same way. I think you’ll find that Castro’s work falls under the “literary crime fiction” genre, if such a designation exists. There’s so much more than just the crime itself for the reader to process.

  • Jackie Hirst

    I am with Barb– not too much of a crime fiction fan but Typographical Era is helping me out with that! Love the Joy Castro and the Simon Lelic!

    • Typographical Era

      I was waiting for a Lelic mention! You’ve made my day!