Sunday, April 26, 2009

10 Good Reasons to buy Adrian McKinty's Fifty Grand

Adrian McKinty's latest book, featuring a Cuban detective named Mercado who has come to Colorado on a single-minded mission, is coming out on April 28th. Here are a few reasons to plunk down your hard earned dollars for it.

1.You’re a fan of high octane, action-driven, well-plotted suspense novels that pull no punches.

2.You’re a huge fan of McKinty’s earlier novels and have been marking off the days on your calendar until you can get his next one.

3.You’d like to be a fan of McKinty’s earlier novels, but seeing as for some reason they’re not all in print, you’re willing to start with one you can actually get.

4.You don’t know much about Cuba, but wouldn’t mind learning a little if it was presented in entertaining tidbits.

5.You know a lot about Cuba, but are always interested in intelligent commentary from someone who’s been there, whether or not they agree with you. (Okay--this description corresponds to pretty much nobody. I'm still leaving it in.)

6.You’re going to Cuba now that the restrictions have been lifted and need a page turner to read on the plane.

7.You love well-crafted fiction with the occasional lyric passage.(Yeah, yeah--I can live in hope that this is going to persuade anyone, can't I?)

8.You are a starlet just making your way in the world, and, having been invited to the Colorado resort scene for the weekend by a minor celebrity, would like some tips on how best to fit in.

9.You are intent upon revenge and would like some ideas for the best way to go about planning it.(Starlet, this reason might be for you, too--post-weekend.)

10.You have this thing for hot, Latina maids.

I deplore the last two reasons, of course, but if it means you are going to go out and buy the book, well, who am I to stop you? I mean, heaven knows, I'm no Detective Mercado.


  1. 11 I'm holding Seana hostage and made her type this with a gun against her head. Are you worried about her safety? Just buy the book and everything will be fine.

  2. Unfortunately, there's one small catch, and that is that no one is all that worried about my safety. Except my mother, maybe, and she is functionally blind.

    Oh, well, not all marketing ploys work out equally well.

    Thanks for dropping by, Adrian. I mean, sort of.

  3. Nice. I'll link to this tomorrow. Time's getting on here now, though.


  4. LOL!
    Very nice. All good reasons.

    My v-word: untrack!

  5. Thanks for checking it out, Gerard and Marco. It would be nice if someone who hasn't already read the book would be inspired to pick up a copy, now wouldn't it?

    I'm realizing that if my title here had only been 'Hot Latina Maid' I would have gotten all kinds of publicity going. Unfortunately I am not set up here to do credit card sales, or to provide sample pictures, as of course would be wanted.

    Untrack is an intriguing concept that I find I can't quite get my head around.

  6. 1) Those are ten fine reasons.

    2) I'd chip in to ransom you.

    3) My v-word is brander.
    Detectives Beyond Borders
    “Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home”

  7. Thank you, Peter. That's very gallant of you, although frankly, I think you are going to find it hard to find a pool.

    Fortunately, although Adrian isn't a big fan of O'Henry, 'The Ransom of Red Chief' does give some very good ideas about how to be a hostage. In short, the hostage taker is always in some sense a hostage as well, aren't they? And life can become very uncomfortable in a very short time, particularly if no one wants the hostage back.

  8. I like the idea of a how-to guide to hostages, an etiquette guide for the seized.

    My v-word is teranary. I don't know where that is, but I'm sure it's a long way to there.
    Detectives Beyond Borders
    "Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home"

  9. I don't either, but it's a long way to go.

    As to the hostage's guide, it's really more of an anti-etiquette to my way of thinking.

  10. This is what ran through my head as soon as I saw that v-word.

  11. Me too, though only once I saw your phrase.

  12. Oh, boy, do I feel like a dolt, a clodpate and an eejit. I didn't see the " ... it's a long way to go" part of your comment.

  13. Wouldn't it be nice if Seanag could hold a gun to writers' heads and force them to write "well-crafted fiction with the occasional lyric passage" once in a while?

    FIFTY GRAND is one of the novels of the year, crime or otherwise.

    Cheers, Dec

  14. Peter, I think if we'd been singing, it would all have become clear.

    Declan, I think you Irish crime writers are doing just fine without any gun holding by me. Although if any of you give up, I will come find you. And it won't be pretty.

  15. You think guns? A friend and I are always planning how to tie Philip Pullman down while he finishes the book he's been writing for the last five years. But we're worried about the connotations.

  16. Connotations be damned, Bookwitch! We've got to keep these writers on track somehow. No matter what it does to our reputations or our freedom from incarceration.

  17. Hi Seanag. Nice to meet you.

    I can see I will have to consider "Fifty Grand" - but I am not going to tell you which of your ten good reasons did the trick ;)

    As you may have guessed, I just found you via Peter Rozovsky, and realized you wrote four blogs. Amazing! So what I want to know is: is this the main place to go for a crime fiction lover?

  18. Funily enough, I just checked out yours too. I'm going to start reading it regularly, though despite Peter's optimism, I don't hold out a lot of help for my Danish.

    This would be the best blog for crime posts, but in fact it's pretty general.

    Thanks for dropping by!