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 random.org 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 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)
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)