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Goodreads Book Giveaway Bronx Requiem

(James Beck #2) 
Contest Dates: Mar 1-15  (closed)

Congrats to the 3 winners:


Roberta K.  Chicago | Illinois 
Maggie Z. Tucson | AZ 
Kris M. Sterling Heights | MI


Thanks for all the participation.  For all you UK readers, Bronx Requiem to be released March 23, 2017. Available for pre-order now.



(US)  1 of 3 Hardcover copies signed by the author.
inners will be announced following the giveaway
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Books will be mailed to the address provided. Please complete full mailing address.
Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery. 

Arlene Feustel, Florida 




Praise for

"Ex-con James Beck places loyalty above all else, as shown in Clarkson’s highly entertaining sequel to 2015’s Among Thieves. Strong storytelling combined with breathless action and a high body count keeps the solid plot churning, as do the complex characters. " 
 ―Publisher's Weekly 
Bronx Requiem 

"A fast-moving, bloody visit to the Bronx featuring the return of tough guy James Beck (Among Thieves, 2015).  Readers who take their novels strong and dark will savor this one." 
Kirkus Reviews  
Bronx Requiem 



BRONX REQUIEM serves up a heady, dark, double-shot of urban noir. Those familiar with John Clarkson’s past work, particularly AMONG THIEVES, would expect no less, but his latest ratchets things up a notch or five.

“The book heralds the return of James Beck, … initially introduced in AMONG THIEVES, which promised a lot and delivered so much more. As good as that novel was, BRONX REQUIEM surpasses it.
“Clarkson affirms with BRONX REQUIEM that he is the real deal. His gritty cinematic vision of the real world rings true in sentence after sentence, page after page.

Clarkson is on my must-read list of authors and should be on yours as well.”  




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Maybe the violent death of Paco "Packy" Johnson was inevitable.  But that didn’t mean it would go unavenged.
Packy Johnson spent a lifetime in the system – starting in foster homes at age 10, then juvenile detention, then prison for most of his adult life. But during his last seventeen-year bit, Packy Johnson managed to make one true friend in prison – James Beck.  When it finally came time for Packy to get parole, Beck helped him with the process and was ready to help his friend build a new life outside prison. But only seventeen hours after being released, Paco Johnson was found dead – brutally beaten and shot – lying in the gutter on a desolate Bronx street.  
James Beck can't help Packy any longer -- but he can try to find out what happened to his friend, and why.  Beck, the ringleader of a tight clique of ex-cons based in Brooklyn's Red Hook section, is determined to accord Packy Johnson at least some dignity and a measure of justice.  
What drove Packy out onto the streets of the Bronx his first night back? Who did he run into that hated him enough to viciously beat him before executing him, and yet left behind his wallet full of cash?
What appears to be a simple, if tragic, street killing, quickly becomes something much more shocking and complex. It will take all the skills, connections, and cunning of Beck and his team to not only learn the truth, but to survive the forces they unwittingly unleashed. 




About the Author 

John Clarkson is the author of six previous novels, including the first James Beck novel, AMONG THIEVES, as well as AND JUSTICE FOR ONE. 


He spent many years in the New York advertising industry--as a copywriter, running his own agency, and as a private consultant. John and his wife Ellen divide their time between Brooklyn and upstate New York. ​

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Inspiration for

the James Beck


Around 2011, John became interested in the fact that the United States incarcerates more people than any other country in the world.   The U.S. has only 5% of the world’s population, and yet incarcerates a staggering 24% of the world’s prisoners. There are over 2 million people in U.S. prisons and penitentiaries and over 4 million on parole or probation.  


How does effect the millions of American citizens in the system? How do they survive in and out of prison? Out of these questions grew the idea of writing a crime novel with ex-cons as the heroes.


The result is the James Beck Series, starting with AMONG THIEVES, the novel that brought John Clarkson back to writing crime thrillers full time.  

AMONG THIEVES was published in 2015, followed by the sequel BRONX REQUIEM 

published in 2016, both of which have earned critical acclaim.







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