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Russian literature and historical crime fanatics, please take note. The contest ends this Wednesday.

EMERGE - New Authors is pleased to announce a
Book Giveaway Contest for RN Morris
A Vengeful Longing
Published by Faber and Faber in November 2008
Mass Market Paperback released in the UK - January 8, 2009

Prizes: Three autographed and free paperbacks (UK edition) generously mailed by the author to any place in the world! (Come on Timbuktu, this is your chance to win.)

In celebration of the official publication day of the UK paperback of A Vengeful Longing, which was shortlisted for the 2008 CWA Duncan Lawrie Dagger, longlisted for the 2008 CWA Ellis Peters Award for historical crime fiction, and runner-up for New York Magazine's best thriller of the year, the author RN (Roger) Morris contacted EMERGE - New Authors to host a book giveaway contest.

A Vengeful Longing confirms what RN Morris’ previous novel, A Gentle Axe, suggested – that here is major talent in the increasingly overcrowded historical crime field. On the evidence here, Morris is writing novels that rival the very best in the genre in terms of atmosphere, plausible historical detail and exemplary plotting. Two people – a mother and son -- are murdered; a box of chocolates delivered by woman's husband contains an agonizing poison. The detectives investigating the killing (in which the doctor husband is, of course, the prime suspect – and seems to telegraph his guilt when interviewed) are the novice Virginsky and the experienced Porfiry Petrovich – the later, of course, the protagonist in Morris’ previous books -- And the policeman in Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment, no less. Morris audaciously utilised Petrovich in his previous novel. That gamble (cheeky though it was) has paid off handsomely there – and does so once again in A Vengeful Longing.

Nineteenth-century Russia is once again evoked with total authority, and the murder investigation has the compulsiveness of modern crime fiction – with the added frisson of a brilliantly conjured period setting. The continuation of characters created by other authors is nothing new, but few have the chutzpah of RN Morris – or the skill to pull off (not once, but twice – and more, we are told) this daring trick. --Barry Forshaw

From The Guardian yesterday.

Story Description:
It's the middle of a hot, dusty St Petersburg summer in the late 1860s. A doctor's wife and son die suddenly and the doctor is arrested, suspected of poisoning. As investigator Petrovich concedes, in such cases the obvious solution often turns out to be the correct solution. And in the city's stifling, stinking atmosphere, even he lacks the energy to look any deeper. But when further, apparently unconnected, murders occur, Porfiry is forced to reassess his assumptions. Delving into the hidden, squalid heart of the city, he is brought face to face with incomprehensible horror and cruelty, in this vivid rendering of a brutal and stifling nineteenth-century St Petersburg.

About the Author
Born in Manchester in 1960, R. N. Morris now lives in North London with his wife and two young children. A Vengeful Longing is the second in his series of St Petersburg novels revolving around the character of Porfiry Petrovich. Taking Comfort was published by Macmillan in 2006.

Contest Rules:

1)The first three participants who correctly answer the following questions will win an autographed copy.

2) Winners agree to the following terms: 1) you will add a reader's review either to Amazon or GoodReads upon completion of the book. 2) And send a link to EMERGE for publication in the comments buttons - yes, we check homework here.

3) Winners also consent to have their real first name or alter-ego internet identity posted on EMERGE - New Authors. So bring it on. However, the Producer of EMERGE reserves the right to feel unnerved if more than one detective Porfiry Petrovich writes to her.

4)Contestants should email the answers and a mailing address to

5) Contest is open book, open search engine, and yes, Wikipedia is your friend.

6) These books will go quickly, so contest closes Wednesday, January, 14th, at 12pm EST. Results published January 15th.

Contest Questions:

1) What year was Fyodor Dostoyevsky's influential novel, Crime and Punishment, first published?

2) Name the literary journal that originally published the manuscript in twelve monthly installments and helped the author pay off his casino debt.

3) Name three cast members of the 2002 film version of Crime and Punishment.

4) Share your favorite quote from this Dostoyevsky novel. (In English or Russian.)

5) As literature is not the only treasured Russian export, please name three brands of your favorite Russian vodka.

Cheers and good luck.

For links to interviews and RN Morris's YouTube book trailers, please go to

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The Contest Results have been announced.

The three winners were notified. Congratulations!

If you were interested in RN Morris's, "A Vengeful Longing," but missed the deadline there is still a way to get a hold of a free 4th copy.

Here's how:

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