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Old 10-19-2010, 11:43 AM   #1
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Free book (Kindle) - The Trophy Taker [Thriller, UK-only]

The Trophy Taker, a thriller by Lee Weeks, seems to have joined the rash of freebies in the UK Kindle store.

Needless to say, this is for UK-store using Kindlers only, who otherwise have only been getting a paltry few free books lately. A big thing on the cover says this is "The Female James Patterson". This may or may not influence your decision to download, given Patterson's current reputation.

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A serial killer is on the loose. His target? Lone Western women lured to Hong Kong by the promise of easy money. A serial killer is on the loose. His target? Lone Western women lured to Hong Kong by the promise of easy money. As The Butcher's killing spree escalates, bags of mutilated body parts are found all over the island - and more girls are disappearing.

Taking on his first homicide case, Detective Johnny Mann is determined to stop The Butcher's brutal reign. Haunted by the memory of his father's death by the Triads, he's the only man who can track down a killer who's paralysing the city with fear. Georgina Johnson has left her tragic past in England to start afresh in Hong Kong. But soon her life is in peril as she is sucked into the sinister world of the city's hostess clubs.

Venturing into dark and dangerous places, Mann unearths chilling evidence about the killings. And then another body is found, one which brings the murders closer to home! Bolt the doors, turn on the lights and pray for mercy - you'll be up all night with this disturbingly addictive debut from a writer being hailed as the female James Patterson.
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Old 10-19-2010, 11:50 AM   #2
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Thanks for the heads-up - am going to try it as the price is right. Having never read any Patterson I won't be influenced...

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Old 10-19-2010, 12:14 PM   #3
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Its time that Amazon uk put up a few free novels. Ive just bouht a load from them this month.
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Thanks for the tip - I'll give it a try!
Out of interest, how did you find it? When I search the free books in the Kindle UK store I just get pages and pages of classics.......
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Old 10-19-2010, 03:46 PM   #5
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Old 10-19-2010, 04:05 PM   #6
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Even that often won't find them, as there are books that were released long ago that pop up as free (and old books re-released with new dates, but not a new edition, often with ebooks).
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Old 10-19-2010, 04:13 PM   #7
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What makes me a bit preturbed is that you can't even buy a kindle version of the book in the U.S. I get that the free part of it is restricted to the U.K. but I can't see why they don't at least have the kindle version available to buy (even if not free) in the U.S.
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Old 10-19-2010, 05:54 PM   #8
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Apparently the author has retained the US rights, so the current publisher can't legally sell the book here. There may be another publisher with US rights, but I don't see another ebook edition out there (of course, a lot of publishers are just sitting on ebook rights or have gone out of business and then the rights on in a weird limbo where they can't be sold at all until the lawyers settle it all).
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I do understand that it isn't necessarily Amazon's fault and that it is sometimes complicated as to who has rights where. It does seem odd though. Still I'm not going to whine to much about it. Things could change in the future, and I'm sure there are still plenty of ebooks that are available free or not in the meantime.
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Apparently the author has retained the US rights, so the current publisher can't legally sell the book here. There may be another publisher with US rights, but I don't see another ebook edition out there (of course, a lot of publishers are just sitting on ebook rights or have gone out of business and then the rights on in a weird limbo where they can't be sold at all until the lawyers settle it all).
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And if it is free like this, likely to be available elsewhere on the internet not long afterwards.

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Apparently the author has retained the US rights, so the current publisher can't legally sell the book here. There may be another publisher with US rights, but I don't see another ebook edition out there (of course, a lot of publishers are just sitting on ebook rights or have gone out of business and then the rights on in a weird limbo where they can't be sold at all until the lawyers settle it all).
That's odd, because the publisher operates in America, Canada, Australia and quite a few other countries. So if they can't sell internet-wide there's no hope for anyone else.
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Thanks for the tip - I'll give it a try!
Out of interest, how did you find it? When I search the free books in the Kindle UK store I just get pages and pages of classics.......
Try this (I made myself a handy short cut to the non-classic freebies at Amazon.co.uk):

http://snipurl.com/ukkindlefreebooks
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Their is a good website or blog called Books on the knob and she lists the free books and on the side it it says kindle free uk books . I beleive she might even post on this site.
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