Although he’s best known for his young adult horror/fantasy books such as those in the Cirque du Freak and Demonata series, Irish author Darren Shan also enjoys writing crime fiction. His latest, Lady of The Shades, has a strong crime fiction flavour to it, and it comes out today.
The main character, Ed Sieveking, is an author who starts off innocently researching a book, but ends up grappling with gangsters and assassins in a dark and dangerous story that does indeed centre on a femme fatale. To complicate matters, Ed can see ghosts – but are they real, or in his mind?
We interviewed the author here on Crime Fiction Lover, and a few days ago brought you a review of the book. “Lady of The Shades has a brilliant, jaw-dropping ending that will make you smile – maybe even laugh out loud. Shan’s writing is as smooth as a good Irish whiskey. He doesn’t waste words, but it never feels spare either, with detail and poetic touches drawing you to Ed and his self-absorbed ways,” we said, urging readers to get a copy.
And here is the chance to do just that. We’ve got five hardback copies to give away to our readers thanks to the book’s publisher Orion.
How to enter
To enter our competition all you have to do is log onto Twitter and send a tweet to @CriFiLover. Your tweet must include the answer to this question: Who’s the main character in Lady of The Shades? Your tweet must also include the hashtag #CFLxShades. You’ll need to be following us on Twitter as well, so that we can send you a direct message should you win.
If you don’t use Twitter, you can also enter by sending an email to info[at]crimefictionlover.com. Give your email the header CFLxShades and include the answer to our question above, as well as your name and address.
1) One entry per reader. 2) UK residents only (sorry!). 3) We will draw the two winners at random from the entries containing the correct answer. 4) No cash alternative. 5) The competition closes for entries at 10pm BST on Monday 3 September 2012. 6) The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
If you can’t wait… you can order the book below on Amazon.