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"A welcome corrective to snow-blindness from too much Nordic noir. . . . Excellent characterization, a sympathetic and engaging protagonist, and plenty of plot twists, with a cliffhanger ending that sets things up nicely for the next in the series." ~The Guardian

We know many of you are thriller fans, and we love introducing you to fresh new voices in fiction long before their books hit the shelves. Antonio Hill is one of those voices. Enter for the chance to win an Advance Reader’s Copy of The Summer of Dead Toys and be among the first to read it before its June 18, 2013 release. It’s a mystery that transcends the genre and explores the secrets families keep, with a detective-hero you won’t soon forget.

The Summer of Dead Toys begins like this:

He turned off the alarm clock at the first buzz. Eight a.m. Although he’d been awake for hours a sudden heaviness overcame his limbs and he had to force himself to get out of bed and go to the shower. The stream of water cleared his sluggishness and along with it some of the effects of jet lag . . . . He dried himself vigorously and noticed with annoyance that sweat was already appearing on his brow: that was summer in Barcelona.

“Here I had to introduce Hector Salgado,” says Antonio Hill, “and I did not want to do it just with a description. I wanted to show you how his landlady, how his boss, how his colleagues, how his ex-wife, how his son, dealt with Hector Salgado. You get an idea of what he is like, but not from a narrator. He is a very bad-tempered guy, but I could not show this through just one conversation. It needed several. I think it is more visual. If you imagine it at the beginning of a TV programme it would work. Anyway, I think that the best novels I have read took a bit of effort at the beginning!”

The Summer of Dead Toys is wickedly entertaining, introducing a charismatic new detective and a masterful new voice in crime fiction.

About the Author

ANTONIO HILL lives in Barcelona. He is a professional translator of English-language fiction into Spanish and speaks fluent English. The Summer of Dead Toys will be available from Crown wherever books are sold on June 18, 2013.
  • bonnie english

    sounds like a wonderful read

  • Smighty

    Sounds like a good book. Hope I win!

  • Pattie Ann

    Love foreign mystery books. They are not the same old same old.
    Makes the reader think and want to finish the book in one sitting.

    • Kira, editor @ Read It Forward

      Pattie, I totally agree. THE SUMMER OF DEAD TOYS is different than anything you’ve read before. And don’t you love reading the first book when you know there are more to come in the series?

  • RadosRH

    I know we’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I’m really digging this one! — Kate@RIF

  • Tara Frank-Santiago

    Ohhhh this one sounds fantastic!!!!

  • Grace P.

    Looks like a great read! Thanks for the opportunity. Will share.

  • Sema Firestone

    Sounds quite intriguing.

  • Laura K

    Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!

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    Pick me!

  • dodgecitywoman

    we share good books we have read in the coffee room @ work, and i can see this one making the rounds, looks intriguing.

  • Sabrina Taylor

    Love reading new books from authors I haven’t read before. I refer books to a lot of the staff, at the school I work at. I am looking forward to reading this book .

  • Sandie White

    I haven’t read a foreign mystery book, but this sounds great! Would love the opportunity to read this book.

  • Dale

    Love reading books from an interesting author.hope towin

  • alexandria

    The summer of dead toys sounds like a great book.i would love to read it.

  • Liz

    This sounds like an interesting book. I love thrillers.

  • gabrielsmommy

    This book definitely has an interesting title and I am very curious to read it.

  • Patricia Giaquinto

    By the review this book sounds like a real thriller.

  • Cynthia Harris

    This book sounds great! I’m crossing my fingers that I get a chance to read it!

  • Kathi Taylor

    sounds interesting, going to go check if it is available to me as an ebook

  • Lindsay Hess

    I love new books to keep me busy:)

  • WIlson

    This book sounds like a real winner!

  • bethiebiker

    I love sharing my books through BookCrossing so it’s great to get a variety and find authors/books I might not have read otherwise.

  • Gabriella Nemeth Schmidt

    Sounds thrilling. I would love to read it.

  • WMLcataloger

    As I do Collection developement, Aquisitions for our library I always like to be in the know about new books and upcoming authors.

  • L Ryan

    Looks like it is going to be one of those Must Reads for the year 2013. Can not wait to read The Summer Of Dead Toys for myself 😀


    many of our book club members are on fixed and/or limited income so winning books to read, share and review is a blessing! Thank you for all you do!!!

  • Diana King

    I absolutely loved this book and I’m so glad to hear that there will be more in this series. It had so many twists and turns and an ending that blew me away. Great writing, great characters and wonderful description of the locale. I’ll be reading this one again!

  • Kelly R. Baker

    I love to read. I have never heard of this author but from what I read
    about the book, it sure does look like it would be a great book and I
    sure would like to be able to get a chance to read this book. Good luck
    to everyone.

  • Candie

    I devoured this book! Fantastic characters. Twisted plot. I can’t wait for the next one!

  • Patricia Giaquinto

    I loved this book ,different from any other mystery book twist, turn, wow.

  • Betty Conrad

    I love a good book I share with a friend. We both read a lot hope to win.