What You See in the Dark Giveaway!

We’re giving away five copies of Manuel Muñoz’s new novel What You See in the Dark and five gorgeous broadsides created by Ander Monson, the multi-talented author of Vanishing Point and Other Electricities. The broadside features Monson’s original artwork and an excerpt from the novel, which NPR just picked as one of the top five mysteries for the summer!  

“Manuel Munoz’s debut mystery, What You See in the Dark, takes flight from one of the cleverest suspense conceits I’ve encountered in a long time: Two young lovers become entwined in a doomed affair, while, at the same time, Hitchcock and his minions begin setting up their equipment in sleepy Bakersfield. Munoz uses the noir form to meditate on the evil spell that murder on the big screen casts on susceptible minds “in the dark.” This atmospheric tale of twisted minds and small-town murder would’ve put a demented gleam in The Master’s eye.” — Maureen Corrigan, NPR

For a chance to win a copy of What You See in the Dark and this one-of-a-kind broadside, comment here or on our Facebook page about your favorite summer read.  And don’t miss the Hitchcockian book trailer below!

More Praise for What You See in the Dark:

“Manuel Muñoz’s vividly suspenseful first novel is a fine blend of Hitchcock’s chilly elegance and the sordid passions of James M. Cain: a dark, intimate, heartbreaking tale about four very different women, each one longing to escape the confines of her everyday life through the romantic illusions concocted by Hollywood. Their voices will haunt me for some time to come.” —Julia Glass, author of The Widower’s Tale and Three Junes

“[A] stellar first novel…with a subtlety worthy of Hitchcock himself.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Muñoz has hit upon a killer premise: the making of Psycho set against a real-life murder.”
Booklist

What You See in the Dark strikes emotional chords so deep and with such precision, it almost makes you believe you’ve discovered a new art form.”
Austin Chronicle

“Refreshingly innovative…Muñoz has upended the conventional crime novel…Nice work.”
Kirkus Reviews

“An audacious debut novel…the book, like its double-entendre title, operates superbly on so many levels: as a sharply detailed portrait of small-town life, as a skillful whodunit and as a meditation on escapism and celebrity.”
Cleveland Plain Dealer
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24 Comments On This Post:

June 2, 2011
10:58 am
Lisa Emig says...

My favorite summer mystery was Caleb Carr’s The Alienist. Still scares the daylights out of me.

June 2, 2011
11:03 am
celeste says...

So far my favorite summer read has been….Does the noise in my head bother you By Steven Tyler!
I’m always up for a good read!

June 2, 2011
11:06 am
Jill Hartmann says...

I just finished I Thought You Were Dead by Pete Nelson. Thoroughly enjoyable book – made you laugh and cry and think. What a good book should do!

June 2, 2011
11:07 am
Ann Adams says...

My favorite summer read thus far is The Land of Mango Sunsets by Dorothea Benton Frank. It was light reading, and I love her flair for capturing life as it really is with a little of the past thrown in. I am always open to the magic of the island.

June 2, 2011
11:08 am
Larry says...

Heidi Durrow’s “The Girl Who Fell From the Sky”. A second time round for sure.

June 2, 2011
11:10 am
Jeffrey Tretin says...

I enjoy a Donna Leon book each summer.

June 2, 2011
11:16 am
Teresa says...

Hmmm… It is really hard for me to narrow down a favorite because so often a book is my favorite until I finish a new one and then it is my favorite. I think you get the picture…

June 2, 2011
11:24 am
Lori Anderson says...

Turnaround by George Pelecanos. Also did you announce the winners of the Silver Sparrow giveaway

June 2, 2011
11:30 am
Kathleen says...

So many books, so little time! So many favorites, but one beach vacation stands out in my mind–I hung out on the beach all day pouring through one Agatha Christie novel after another. Great fun! What You See in the Dark is definitely on my “must read” list.

June 2, 2011
11:43 am
carol cambareri says...

we always awaited the “new” harry potter book…but now…ah well. awaiting winning this one!!!

June 2, 2011
11:56 am
Poof...books says...

You have painted a delicious can’t miss book so I hope to win one. Summer makes me think of Jane Green…THE OTHER WOMAN, SWAPPIN LIVES, SECOND CHANCE, THE BEACH HOUSE, and I am thinking DUNE ROAD this summer for me.

June 2, 2011
12:23 pm
James says...

Favorite summer read…yikes so many to choose from. I’d have to recommend Belle Bogg’s collection “Mattaponi Queen.” A great summer read by a debut author!

June 2, 2011
1:43 pm
Susan says...

My favorite summer read has to be Barefoot, I love all her novels. But, I am sure this year another one will top the list.

June 2, 2011
2:33 pm
Diane Prokop says...

Can’t wait to read What You See In the Dark this summer!

June 2, 2011
3:29 pm
Alsek says...

I love Anders Monson. I can’t wait to check out WHAT YOU SEE IN THE DARK.

June 2, 2011
4:31 pm
Mary Jo Gibson says...

Summer reading list is getting unmanageable, but plenty of room for a good scare, WHAT YOU SEE IN THE DARK sounds like a winner!

June 2, 2011
8:12 pm
Valerie Norris says...

I am about to read the third book in the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series. Like it much more than I thought I would!

June 2, 2011
9:52 pm
Andrew says...

Summers in a tropical country sear like the breath of Hell, which is why I like reading and re-reading M. John Harrison, whose fictions employ a prose style so surgically precise they feel like cold scalpels slicing the soul.

June 6, 2011
8:05 am
laurie blum says...

Favorite summer read so far is Talia Carner’s “Jerusalem Maiden” – wonderful fictional history!

June 6, 2011
5:15 pm
Van Pittsenbargar says...

“What You See In The Dark” sounds like a real page-turner that I will enjoy very much. Look forward to reading it SOON!

June 6, 2011
5:17 pm
Van Pittsenbargar says...

There is so much to read and I’ll find the time to do it. Can’t wait to sink my eyes (?) into all the books soon to populate my side table!

June 12, 2011
10:23 am
Carol Wong says...

I have been in Bakersfield, California so many times, it is the perfect setting for a mystery. I loved the promo so much. I am positive that I would love the book.

CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

June 21, 2011
1:14 pm
Ann says...

Looks intriguing.
Ann

July 4, 2011
9:33 pm
Laurie Blum says...

Sounds like a suspenceful mystery…hope I win!!

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