Disclosure No. 1: We’re humongous fans of Robert B. Parker, the Boston-based of author so many brilliant Spenser novels—which more than do justice to the memories of noir masters Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler.
That said, you can imagine how thrilled we were that this week’s Blurb! Book of the Week honors go to Rick Robinson, whose Sniper Bid sounds like it’ll be right up our alley.
The 224-page novel, which was a 2009 Indie Book Award Finalist, tells the story of freshman Congressman Richard Thompson, “who is enjoying his new life on Capitol Hill when the death of a colleague thrusts him into the national spotlight on a major issue: performance-enhancing drugs in professional sports.
“As he presses Congress for new standards on the abuse of steroids, someone wants him quieted. The only question is, who?”
An attorney living in Ft. Mitchell, Ky., Rick served a stint on Capitol Hill, as legislative director and chief counsel to then-Congressman Jim Bunning (R) of the Bluegrass State. He also ran for U.S. Congress himself in 1998.
So when Rick spins a tale of murder and political intrigue, it’s seems safe to assume that details from that story ring true.
Disclosure No. 2: We have no say in which works get picked as Blurb! Book of the Week (i.e., there was no favoritism-card played here).
That duty goes to Blurb! hosts Sally Shields and Dr. Kent, who review not books but prerecorded pitches from five writers in one genre whose literary works are hot off the presses.
And each scribe gets a mere three minutes to convince our resident critics that theirs is the book worth cracking. But if they succeed, they capture the coveted Book of the Week title.
That means Sally and Dr. Kent post it prominently on the Blurb! website, just as they did with Rick’s book.
To top it all off, the winning author gets a guest spot on the show, during which to pitch his or her book live to listeners worldwide, just as Rick will appear on today’s show at 12:30 p.m. ET.
Filling in for Dr. Kent today will be Kate Sullivan, host of BTR’s ever-popular WordSmitten.
To tune into Blurb!, click here.
To hear Rick’s winning blurb and learn more about Blurb!—including how to submit your pitch for an upcoming show—click here.
To read more about Sniper Bid, click here.
To sample Kate’s WordSmitten, click here.
To see all our Blurb! Book of the Week winners to date, click here.