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Old 07-18-2010, 06:02 PM   #1
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Free Book (Kobo/Kindle) - Aftermath by Peter Robinson [GEOGRAPHIC RESTRICTIONS]

From Amazon: The mystery novels of Peter Robinson (Aftermath is his 12th) are of increasing power and intensified intelligence. It's a dirty little secret of the crime-fiction genre that many of its writers simply spin their wheels, repeating over and over those old tricks which always have worked for them. They coast on past successes and repeat the formula hoping, if not assuming, that their fans won't notice.

These Inspector Banks tales have been very popular world-wide. More about the series here: http://www.inspectorbanks.com/

His 11th book, Cold is the Grave, won the 2001 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel, the most prestigious award of the Crime Writers of Canada. (A complete review of the Arthur Ellis awards is here: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...59&postcount=1)

The free Kobo Edition (ePub) for Canadians is here: http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/After...PUw/page1.html

The free Kindle Edition for US buyers is here:
http://www.amazon.com/Aftermath-eboo...tt_at_ep_dpi_3

Synopsis from the hardcover edition:

In the early hours of a sweet May morning, two Yorkshire police officers investigating a "domestic" stumble upon the very worst of crimes - the sexual torture and murder of a young teenage girl. Moments later, one of the officers is felled by a machete blow, and his rookie, female partner takes out her disgust and fury on the murderer, battering him to death. This is the intensely dramatic, wrenching beginning to the twelfth in Peter Robinson's award-winning and internationally bestselling Inspector Banks series. The task of investigating Probationary PC Janet Taylor's actions falls to DI Annie Cabbot, Banks's lover. This complication to his love life unsettles Banks, but he keeps his mind on his job, one that becomes immeasurably more difficult when the bodies of other teenage girls are found buried in the torturer's garden. Who are these girls? Why weren't they all reported missing? These are difficult questions, yet the central question Banks has to answer is how much did the murderer's wife know? Was she, too, the victim of a sick and twisted man, as she claims, or was she an accomplice? This compelling story is at its heart a deeply sensitive, astute, and ultimately unforgettable exploration of the nature and long-lasting effects of crime and of victimhood. Its intelligence, honesty, and moments of grace lift Aftermath out of the confines of genre fiction and place it in the first rank of novels on crime.

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Old 07-18-2010, 06:17 PM   #2
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The Kindle edition is currently $7.99 in the US. Perhaps it is free in Canada.
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Old 07-18-2010, 06:23 PM   #3
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Hmmm ... odd. The link I provided says : "Kindle Edition $0.00" and "Not available in Canada".

Hmmmm ... and, checking again, it IS available in Canada (and I just grabbed in from Amazon).

Bizarre. Anyway, freebie on both platforms in Canada.
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Old 07-18-2010, 07:16 PM   #4
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Must be a Canadian publisher deal, it's $7.99 for me, who resides in the US.
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Old 07-19-2010, 07:38 PM   #5
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So I downloaded both editions: one for Kindle, one for Kobo.

(It's my first Peter Robinson / Inspector Banks: a police precedural crime story with some pretty explicit bits, told in the 3rd person. I have to say I was dragged into the story on the first few pages and devoured the first two chapters without missing a beat. It's also a very long story -- about double the length of my usual reads.)

The formatting difference is dramatic, with all thumbs up for the Kindle edition. The kindle offers paragraph breaks without "End Of Chapter" notifications; justified text; indented paragraphs ... it reads like a paperback. The Kobo ePub offers only ragged right with full line space between paragraphs and slightly fewer characters per line. In the case of dialogue, this can add dozens of page turns to a chapter. As much as I like to hold and read from a Kobo ... the Kindle wins hands down in pleasing formatting and the ability to click on a word for a dictionary look-up.

Whichever works for you, the book is highly recommended.
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Old 07-24-2010, 04:43 AM   #6
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Now also free in Sony store.

Probably still only for Canadians, since they listed a separate "US-only" version for $.
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Old 07-24-2010, 09:44 AM   #7
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$8.99 in the Sony Store for US. Too bad, I wanted to give him a try but, oh well, there are plenty of other freebies around.
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Just for information, there is DRM included on the Kobo epub. For those that do not purchase DRM'd books.

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Oh well, sounded interesting enough for me to check out, but not available (free) in US.
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Same here and I'm not paying for a book others are getting for free.
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