Enter for Your Chance to Win Uncle Janice by Matt Burgess

Carl Hiaasen is one of our favorites, so when he said this about Uncle Janice, we took notice: “Like Richard Price and the late, great Elmore Leonard, Matt Burgess is one of those cool, quick and funny writers who can turn a seemingly routine crime caper into something special.”

It’s true that Matt Burgess is a cool writer, but what really got us about this fast-paced thriller is “Uncle” Janice. She is brave, vulnerable, funny, surprising … we agree with critics who say that Uncle Janice is the perfect fix for people who’ve been jonesing for that yet-to-come sixth season of The Wire. It’s that good.

Here’s the story: 24-year-old Janice Itwaru is an “Uncle” — NYPD lingo for an undercover narcotics officer — and the heroine of the most exuberant and original cop novel in years.

On any given day, she might be found trolling the streets of Queens for drugs. Janice is trying to meet the impossibly high quota of drug busts needed to make detective, or be sent back down to uniformed patrol. So Janice is out there in her secondhand hoochie skirt, trying to get potential drug dealers—criminals, addicts, dumb kids, whomever—to commit a felony on her behalf.

Other days are spent in the “Rumpus Room” at the precinct, trying to keep up with the bantering lies and inventively cruel pranks of her fellow uncles while coping with the insane demands of the big bosses. With an ailing mother at home, her cover nearly blown, four more buys to get her gold shield and rumors circulating that Internal Affairs has her unit under surveillance, Janice is running very short on luck as her quota deadline approaches.

Now she has to decide which evil to confront: the faceless bureaucrats at One Police Plaza, or the violent drug dealers who may already be onto her identity. Bursting with the glorious chaos of the streets of New York, Uncle Janice is an uproariously funny portrait of how undercover cops really talk and act, and a compelling story of their crazy, dangerous and often nonsensical lives.

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Winners will receive an Advance Reader’s Copy of Uncle Janice by Matt Burgess. Limit one entry per IP address. All fields required. No purchase necessary. Open to legal residents of the United States (excluding Puerto Rico) and Canada (excluding Quebec), who are the age of 18 or older at time of entry. Deadline for entry is 12:00 A.M. (Eastern Time) on December 7, 2014. Void where prohibited. Read the complete rules.

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