Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Giveaway: Curveball by G. W. Kennedy

In my Mailbox Monday post last week, I mentioned a book called Curveball.  It’s a mystery with a twist (it’s always with a twist these days) from Attica Books by first-time novelist G.W. Kennedy.  What’s the twist you might ask?  Kennedy’s protagonist is an ex-college professor and baseball player turned private eye.  Brilliant, ain’t it?  Plus, it combines two of my favorite literary loves under one umbrella—classic literature and mystery fiction.  What’s not to love?

And speaking of love, you know that Attica Books loves all of you out there, because they’re offering up one paperback copy of Curveball for a giveaway.  Again, apologies to most of my international compadres.  This one is open to U.S. and U.K. residents only.  You know, ‘cos shipping is a bitch.  To enter, see the Rafflecopter widget below.  

Now, I know you’re already chomping at the bit to lay into this bad boy, but before we get to that, take a moment to get to know the object of your lust a little bit better.  Cover blurb, anyone?
No gun. No mob connections. Just an encyclopaedic knowledge of the works of Charles Dickens and a mean pitching arm - can pitcher turned professor turned PI Ben Barklee save a senator's daughter from an out-of-control mob operator on Chicago's North Shore? Baseball pitcher turned English professor Ben Barklee now leads a quiet life teaching at Ridgehaven College, a.k.a. Dropout U, on Chicago's wealthy North Shore. When the rebellious Jane Macalester, daughter of a senator, enrols in his introductory Dickens class, Barklee has no idea that life is about to throw him a curveball. After Jane is kidnapped, Barklee becomes an accidental hero, saving her from her captors - but the college has another agenda, and he's dismissed, leaving him to support his family as a new-age PI, or 'Confidential Consultant'.
Barklee will need every one of his new-found sleuthing skills when Jane disappears again and he discovers he's now become the target of a madman bent on vengeance, who hates the Senator and will happily remove anyone who gets in the way. With Jane's help and determination not to meet her end like a Dickensian woman, Barklee must succeed in outwitting and defeating the nasty characters chasing him through Chicago. But without a gun or mob connections, and with a suspicious cop longing to find something to charge him with, will his signature pitching skills be enough to save the day?
And about the author.  We can’t forget that.
Born in Elmhurst, IL, GW Kennedy received a BA with honors in English from Rice University in Houston and attended the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia for a year on a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, receiving an MA . He completed his PhD in English at SUNY/Buffalo in the 1970s, writing a dissertation on Dickens’ novels, and was an English professor at the Chicago campus of the University of Illinois from 1972 to 1978, when he left academia to pursue a career in business writing and corporate communications. He has published short stories in several literary magazines, as well as a number of articles and essays, including two that appeared as Chicago Tribune “op-ed” pieces. His story “Skeets,” which appeared in Another Chicago Magazine, received an award for literary excellence from the Illinois Arts Council.
See?  That didn’t take too long.  Now go crazy on that Rafflecopter widget.  I know you want to.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. comment duplication or something. Rafflecopter confuses me about what to put where.

  2. Hi Jonathan,

    I hope all is well. After a busy semester topped off by a harddrive crash, my blog is finally back to operating order! I really appreciate all of your support over this past year, and have enjoyed reading your posts. If you get a chance, please take a moment to check out my latest review and feel free to share it with others. As the holiday season comes into full swing, I wish you good times and happy reading!


    (p.s. I want in on the giveaway! :))

    1. Glad to hear you're back, E. I'll be stopping over in a jiffy to see what you've been up to.

  3. Shipping is a bitch no arguements there, sadly it's like paying in cups of blood.

    1. You can do Media Mail shipping domestically, but internationally? Forget it. Cheapest country to ship to from the U.S. is Canada, and even that's like $13 for a 1 lb. package. Sheesh!

  4. I just got your blog in my email feed! It hasn't sent I Read a Book Once posts for months now - yay! I have missed your humor and creative writing style and hard boiled detective-love fest. God-like virtues?, uh... sure, those too. Just finished reading Haunting Obsession so I am in for a book about a pitcher turned professor turned PI :)

    1. Thanks, Elisa. Sorry, I took about a month off from blogging (3 months if you don't count the guest posts and other filler) and *just* now realized that my RSS feed was hosed up. I fixed it, though, which is why you got the emails.

      Good luck on the giveaway, though. I'll be crossing my fingers for you. ;)