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SUSPENSE/NOIR MONTARO CAINE: A Novel ................................................................................................... 1 SAVE YOURSELF By Kelly Braffet ........................................................................................ 2 THE NEIGHBORS By Ania Ahlborn ....................................................................................... 3 LIE STILL By Julie Heaberlin ................................................................................................... 4 WRAPPED IN WHITE By Kevin Brooks ................................................................................. 5 THRILLER THE SCHISM By Robert Dickinson ......................................................................................... 6 HUMAN REMAINS By Elizabeth Haynes ............................................................................... 7 PROVIDENCE RAG By Bruce Desilva .................................................................................... 8 THE LAST ALIBI By David Ellis ............................................................................................. 9 KILLER By Jonathan Kellerman: ............................................................................................ 10 UNTITLED TEMPLE McFADDEN #2 By Timothy L. O’Brien ........................................... 11 ABDUCTED By T.R. Ragan ................................................................................................... 12 NEVER FORGET By Lisa Cutts ............................................................................................. 13 THE FLAVIA DE LUCE SERIES By Alan Bradley .............................................................. 14 MISTERY GIRL By Gordon David ........................................................................................ 16 THE FINAL OPTION By Stefanie Pintoff .............................................................................. 17 FROZEN SOLID By James M. Tabor ..................................................................................... 18 THE DECEIT By Tom Knox ................................................................................................... 19 MYSTERY/CRIME THE LAST WHISPER IN THE DARK by Tom Piccirilli ...................................................... 20 HIS MAJESTY’S HOPE: By Susan Elia MacNeal ................................................................. 21 RUN! By Andrew Grant .......................................................................................................... 22 DECODED By Mai Jia ............................................................................................................ 23 DINNER FOR SIX By Lu Min ................................................................................................ 24 TEN LORDS A-LEAPING By C.C. Benison.......................................................................... 25 DRIFT By Jon McGoran .......................................................................................................... 26 PENANCE By Dan O’Shea ..................................................................................................... 27 THE START OF EVERYTHING By Emily Winslow ............................................................ 28 THE TWENTY YEAR DEATH By Ariel S. Winter............................................................... 29 THE CASE OF THE LOVE COMMANDO By Tarquin Hall ................................................ 30 LONG WAY HOME By Eva Dolan ........................................................................................ 31
MONTARO CAINE: A Novel By Sidney Poitier Original Publisher: Spiegel and Grau First publication: April 30, 2013 Rights Holder: Random House US Material: Transmittal MS (380pp)
When a coin is found in a baby's hand, the doctor who finds it sends it up to a lab at MIT, where Montaro Caine, a student, does a work-up on it and discovers it to be made of materials not known on Earth. Caine never learns the owner's identity, but two decades later, as Caine, now CEO of Fitzer Corp in New York City, is facing the possibility of a hostile corporate takeover and experiencing family troubles, a man and woman appear in his office bearing the coin. The find sets off a battle of intrigue and suspense, as scientists, collectors, and financiers all vie to get their hands on it. But the coin, and a second coin that appears, is of more value than mere monetary worth. In this ambitious, page-turning novel, the beloved actor Sidney Poitier takes us from New York to Europe to the Caribbean in an exploration of race, faith, and, beyond all else, the meaning of our lives on earth. Sidney Poitier is an actor, film director, author, and diplomat. In 1963, Poitier became the first black person to win an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Lilies of the Field. Four years later he starred in three well-received films, To Sir, with Love; In the Heat of the Night; and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, making him the top box office star of that year. In 1999, the American Film Institute named Poitier among the Greatest Male Stars of All Time. Poitier has directed a number of popular movies such as A Piece of the Action, Uptown Saturday Night, Let's Do It Again, and Stir Crazy. In 2002, Poitier was chosen by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to receive an Honorary Award for "his remarkable accomplishments as an artist and as a human being." Since 1997 he has been the Bahamian ambassador to Japan. In 2009, Poitier was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States' highest civilian honor, by President Barack Obama. He has written three autobiographical books, This Life (1980), the Oprah Book Club Selection title The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography (2000), and Life Beyond Measure - letters to my Great-Granddaughter (2008). Now a legendary and beloved figure in his early eighties, Poitier drew inspiration for this novel from stories from his childhood in the Bahamas. The result is not just a riveting tale, but also a message from Poitier's heart for the healing of our planet.
SAVE YOURSELF By Kelly Braffet Original Publisher: Crown First Publication: August 2013 Rights Holder: Barer Literary Material Available: Manuscript (356pp) Rights Sold So Far: United Kingdom (Atlantic Books/Corvus)
“Braffet has a gift for creating an atmosphere of suspicion—and suspense.” - Francine Prose, People Kelly Braffet’s work has been referred to as “brainy, quirky, and bold” (Elle), “darkly gothic and supremely readable” (Publisher’s Weekly), “frequently gripping” (Washington Post), “fast-paced and enjoyable” (USA Today) and “creepy and wicked” (Ayelet Waldman). All this and more is true of her latest page-turner, Save Yourself. One year ago, John Cusimano stopped for a couple of beers on his way home from work and killed a 6-year-old boy. When his son Patrick found his father drunk and crying on the couch in the living room, he knew that he had to call the police, even if the decision would send the man to jail. Since then, Patrick has lost his job, his friends, and his interest in pretty much everything. Looking for a distraction, Patrick starts hanging out with a mysterious teenage girl who wants to be his friend for reasons he isn’t able to figure out, and doesn’t trust. He knows he should stay away, but he can’t. When he eventually discovers what she wants from him, and the world she’s caught up in, it may just be too late to save either one of them. For fans of writers like Megan Abbott and Gillian Flynn, Save Yourself is a darkly suspenseful novel about the place where loyalty and love intersect with right and wrong. Kelly Braffet is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and received her MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University. Her work has been anthologized in When I Was A Loser, edited by John McNally (Free Press, 2007) and in Who Can Save Us Now, edited by John McNally and Owen King (Free Press, 2008). She is the author of two novels, Josie & Jack (Houghton Mifflin, 2005) and Last Seen Leaving (Houghton Mifflin, 2006).
THE NEIGHBORS By Ania Ahlborn Original Publisher: Thomas & Mercer First Publication: November 27, 2012 Rights Holder: Teri Tobias Material: Manuscript available (236pp)
"The Neighbors will have you guessing until the very end. The characters are full of mystery and intrigue that keep you glued to the pages... I love mystery, suspense and thriller and this book delivered it all." - Beautybrite Andrew Morrison sacrificed everything—his childhood, his education, and the girl of his dreams—to look after his alcoholic mother. But enough is enough, and now he’s determined to get out and live his life. That means trading the home he grew up in for a rented room in the house of an old childhood friend— both of which are in sorry shape. The only thing worse than Drew’s squalid new digs and sullen new roommate is the envy he feels for the house next door: a picture-perfect suburban domicile straight out of Norman Rockwell, with a couple of happy householders to match. But the better acquainted he gets with his new neighbors—especially the sweet and sexy Harlow Ward—the more he suspects unspeakable darkness beyond the white picket fence. At the intersection of Blue Velvet and Basic Instinct lies The Neighbors, an insidiously entertaining tale of psychological suspense and mounting terror by the boldest new master of the form, Ania Ahlborn. Born in Ciechanów, Poland, Ania Ahlborn is also the author of the supernatural thriller Seed, and is currently working on her third novel. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of New Mexico, enjoys gourmet cooking, baking, drawing, traveling, movies, and exploring the darkest depths of the human (and sometimes inhuman) condition. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
LIE STILL By Julie Heaberlin Original Publisher: Bantam First Publication: July 2013 Rights holder: Random House Rights sold: UK/BC (Faber & Faber). Material: Ms available Option Publisher France : Place des Editeurs
“Tommie is a smart, sassy, loving, and doggedly persistent narrator in this fastmoving mystery that occasionally tugs at the heartstrings. A promising debut.” —Booklist (on Playing Dead) The author of the acclaimed début, Playing Dead, returns with a fiendishly tantalizing novel. Nursing the faded scars of a long-held trauma, a young couple, awaiting the arrival of their first child, move from New York City to the uber-wealthy Clairmont, Texas. There, our heroine is swept into a world of opulent privilege and shifting loyalties. But the secrets she keeps follow her south, and with them comes the danger that her new friends can't protect her from, and her new enemies will not hesitate to use to destroy her once and for all... Julia Heaberlin was a newspaper editor at The Detroit News, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Dallas Morning News and The Rochester Times-Union. Her lifestyle sections have received numerous national awards. This is the second in a two-book deal. Previous publishers for Playing Dead: Chinese/Complex (Faces), Dutch (Mistral), French (Places des Editeurs), German (DTV), Russian (Book Club Family Leisure)
Other praise on Playing Dead "A terrific debut . . . Like the Chicken-Fried Steak that its characters love, Playing Dead combines Texas and Noir in unexpectedly wonderful ways, with a refreshingly real heroine and a plot thatmoves and twists with the unpredictability of a rodeo bull." —Susanna Kearsley, author of The Rose Garden “As Heaberlin leads the reader through several complex threads, her fast-paced narrative rarely flags.” —Detroit News “Impressive….her debut’s most striking feature is Tommie’s narrative voice, which is so winning and vivacious.” —Sunday Times (UK)
WRAPPED IN WHITE By Kevin Brooks Original Publisher: Arrow/ Random House First Publication: 11th April 2013 Rights Holder: Furniss Lawton Rights Sold: German (Deutscher Taschenbuch) Material: Ms available (448pp)
PI John Craine is trying to get on with his life but when he agrees to investigate the brutal murder of a teenage boy he soon realises that once again everything connects back to DI Bishop, a bent cop that Craine has had many dealings with. Then when Craine’s best friend dies in a mysterious fire, he’s thrown head long back into the past and forced to once again face his father’s suicide. It soon becomes clear, however, that everything he ever believed is false. But can Craine overcome his own demons in order to do what needs to be done to finally lay the past to rest?
DANCE OF GHOSTS by Kevin Brooks Original Publisher: Arrow/ Random House First Publication: March 2011 Rights Holder: Furniss Lawton Rights Sold: German (Deutscher Taschenbuch) Material: Ms available (416pp)
PI John Craine is struggling to cope with the weight of his past. Sixteen years ago his wife, Stacy, was brutally murdered. Craine found her body in their bed. And since then, to escape the pain and the unanswered questions, he has buried himself in work by day, and whisky by night. But one phone call changes everything. The mother of missing young woman Anna Gerrish calls on his services, and Craine soon finds himself at the centre of a sinister web of corruption and lies that leads back into the murky waters of the past - and to the night that Craine has spent over a decade trying to forget. As he delves deeper and deeper into the case everything gets increasingly, terrifyingly, personal. And it's down to Craine to stop history from repeating itself...
Kevin Brooks books are published worldwide and he's won numerous awards for is writing, including the German Youth Literature Award (twice), the Branford Boase Award, the Canongate Prize for New Writing, the North East Book Award, the Angus Award (twice), and the Buxtehude Bulle. He lives in North Yorkshire with his wife. 5
THE SCHISM By Robert Dickinson Original Publisher: Myriad Editions First Publication: March 2013 Rights Holder: Adrian Weston Literary Agency Material: Manuscript available (312pp) The Schism is a dark and brilliant foray into a violent hinterland where mental illness and religious fervour meet. Patrick Farrell's life is complex, but under control. His work takes him through the streets of South London, repossessing credit cards and searching for missing debtors. In the evenings he visits his schizophrenic brother Mike, who stares out of his hospital window, convinced that he's being followed. But when Patrick's girlfriend introduces him to a new crowd with a strange interest in astrology and the occult, his world is thrown dramatically out of kilter. Sharp, compassionate and often darkly comic, The Schism brings together schizophrenia, boxing, debt collection, astrology and the occult to tell a powerful story of brotherly love, showing what happens when the lives of those you care about are suddenly, terrifyingly, at risk. The Schism taps into the zeitgeist around cults and religion in contemporary fiction and should appeal to fans of Iain Banks, Alex Preston and Chuck Palahniuk. Robert Dickinson is the author of The Noise of Strangers, published by Myriad in 2010, and two acclaimed volumes of poetry, Micrographia (shortlisted for the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize) and Szyzgy (with Andrew Dilger), and the comedy drama, Murder's Last Case. He also wrote the libretto for Joby Talbot's choral work Path of Miracles.
THE NOISE OF STRANGERS Original Publisher: Myriad Editions First Publication: July 2011 Rights Holder: Adrian Weston Literary Agency Material: Manuscript available (272pp) An Orwellian dystopia in the guise of a fast-paced thriller, this is a coolly satirical novel laced with humour, suspense and intrigue. Welcome to Brighton, a city ruled by a combination of patronage and armed force. After years of civil conflict, gated communities separate government workers from the Scoomers cruising the streets in their battered Fiats. But in a secure area four couples from the town’s elite keep up a tenuous version of middle class life. They attend each other’s dinner parties and drink and gossip. And then, driving home from a party, Jack and Denise witness a fatal car crash involving one of the Councillors. As the inevitable by-election approaches, they and the people they know are increasingly enmeshed in the town’s political manoeuvring and the violence of the streets outside begins to touch even their lives.
HUMAN REMAINS By Elizabeth Haynes Original Publisher: Myriad Editions First Publication: February 2013 Rights Holder: Adrian Weston Literary Material: Manuscript available (416 pp) Previous Publisher: Presses de la Cité
‘A chilling thriller.’ - Booktime Magazine How well do you know your neighbours? Would you notice if they lived or died? Police analyst Annabel wouldn’t describe herself as lonely. Her work keeps her busy and the needs of her ageing mother and her cat are more than enough to fill her time when she’s on her own. But Annabel is shocked when she discovers her neighbour’s decomposing body in the house next door, and appalled to think that no one, including herself, noticed her absence. Back at work she sets out to investigate, despite her police officer colleagues’ lack of interest, and finds data showing that such cases are frighteningly common in her own home town. A chilling thriller and a hymn to all the lonely people, whose individual voices haunt the pages, Elizabeth Haynes’ new novel is a deeply disturbing and powerful thriller that preys on our darkest fears, showing how vulnerable we are when we live alone, and how easily ordinary lives can fall apart when no one is watching.
Elizabeth Haynes grew up in Seaford, Sussex and studied English, German and Art History at Leicester University. Previous jobs on a long and winding career path have included selling cars, working as a medical rep and selling printing consumables. She currently works as a police intelligence analyst.
Rights sold: ANZ (Text), Brazil (Intrinseca), Germany (Diana Verlag), Netherlands (Cargo), Russia (Atticus), USA & Canada (HarperCollins); Audio (UK & Commonwealth: Audible)
Praise for Into the Darkness Corner “Fantastic.” - Newbooks Magazine “Harrowing.” - New York Times Book Review “A scary and superbly written debut thriller.” - Library Journal, starred review 7
Desilva Original Publisher: Forge First Publication: Winter 2014 Rights Holder: Einstein Thompson Agency Material: Ms available May 2013 (320pp) Option French Publisher: Actes Sud
"Bruce DeSilva accomplishes something remarkable: he takes everything we love about the classic hardboiled detective novel and turns it into a story that's fresh, contemporary, yet timeless." - Joseph Finder Kwame Diggs, the youngest serial killer in history, butchered five of his neighbors before he was old enough to drive. But when he was caught 18 years ago, Rhode Island's antiquated criminal statutes required that all juveniles, no matter their crimes, be released and at age 21. Nevertheless, Diggs remains behind bars, serving time for a series of offenses supposedly committed on the inside. That these new charges were fabricated is an open secret; but nearly everybody, including Liam Mulligan, investigative reporter for the dying Providence Dispatch newspaper, is fine with it. If Diggs ever got out, more people would be sure to die. The newspaper publisher's young son, Edward Anthony Mason III, however, is not fine with it. If the state can do this to Diggs, he figures, they can do it to anybody. As Mason sets out to prove officials are subverting justice, Mulligan frantically searches for some way, anyway, to keep the psychopath locked up. The two colleagues find themselves pitted against one another in a high-stakes race against time -- and a moral dilemma that has no right answer. Bruce DeSilva is the author of Rogue Island, which won the 2011 Edgar Award for Best First Novel and the 2011 Macavity Award for Best Debut (and was nominated for several other awards) and the follow-up Cliff Walk. Formerly the Associated Pressâ€™s writing coach, DeSilva is now a masterâ€™s thesis advisor at the Columbia University School of Journalism. Stories by DeSilva have won a Pulitzer Prize, the Polk Award (twice), and more. Providence Rag is the first book in a three-book deal. Rights sold to Cliff Walk: French/Actes Sud; Portuguese (Brazil)/Rocco; Spanish (Mexico)/Grupo Editorial Patria Rights sold to Rogue Island: French/Actes Sud; Hebrew/Aryeh Nir; Italian/Giunti Editore; Japanese/Hayakawa; Korean/Sigongsa; Norwegian/Vendetta Forlag; Polish/Dolnoslaskie; Portuguese (Brazil)/Rocco; Russian/AST; Spanish (Mexico)/ Grupo Editorial Patria; Spanish (Spain)/Ediciones Pamies.
THE LAST ALIBI By David Ellis Original Publisher: Putnam First Publication: August 2013 Rights Holder: Einstein Thompson Agency Rights sold: UK/Quercus Material: Ms available May 2013 (400pp)
“He’s been dubbed the new John Grisham and for once it’s no idle boast.” - Sun (London) “A searing and suspenseful tale of law and murder and long-nurtured revenge…the best yet.” – Scott Turow “It’s Ellis’ insider knowledge of this corrupt-wheels-within-corrupt-wheels world that sparks his narrative. He knows that power often goes to the wrong people because they’re the ones who want it, and he turns that knowledge into penetrating legal fiction.” – Booklist Jason Kolarich is in a bad way – physically wounded and emotionally wrecked after is last case, he’s self-medicating with prescription painkillers, too much alcohol, and brief affairs. When one of these affairs turns sour, Kolarich is left fending off the advances of a beautiful, nefarious woman who may be more than she appears… And Kolarich’s next client isn’t going to make life any easier. Marshall Renfro is the prime suspect in a string of serial murders, and hires Kolarich as his defender. In a privileged attorney-client setting, Renfro discloses his many sins. Soon afterward, Renfro disappears, leaving behind a wake of mayhem for which Kolarich is now the police’s main person of interest – including a killing to which he is intimately connected. Faced with a murder charge and unable to prove his own innocence without breaking his oath, Kolarich must hunt to learn the truth about Renfro, the series of brutal killings, and why he’s being set up to take the fall. The answers will be beyond anything he could have imagined. David Ellis won the 2002 Edgar Award for Best First Novel with his debut novel of suspense, Line Of Vision and is the author of seven other best-selling thrillers (Breach of Trust, The Wrong Man, Line of Vision, The Vision Man, Jury of One, Eye of the Beholder, and Life Sentence). Most recently, Ellis was the co-author of the James Patterson bestselling novel Guilty Wives. Rights sold to The Wrong Man: UK/Quercus; Dutch/House of Books; French/Cherche-Midi; German/Heyne.
KILLER: An Alex Delaware Novel By Jonathan Kellerman Original Publisher: Ballantine First Publication: February 2014 Rights holder: Random House Material: Ms available October 2013 Option Publisher France: Editions du Seuil
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “Kellerman doesn’t just write psychological thrillers—he owns the genre.” —Detroit Free Press In #1 New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman's thrilling new blockbuster, a vengeful killer sets his sights on psychologist sleuth Alex Delaware while he battles a ticking clock to save a young boy's life. Kellerman’s sales have never been stronger and his books have appeared on virtually every bestseller list, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and Publishers Weekly. We are pleased to report that we’ve bought four new Delaware novels and two new graphic novels of Kellerman as well! There are more than 75 million Kellerman novels in print, audio and ebook! This is the last book in a five book Alex Delaware contract. Jonathan Kellerman has brought his expertise as a clinical psychologist to numerous bestselling tales of suspense. With his wife, the novelist Faye Kellerman, he co-authored several bestsellers. He is also the author of numerous essays, short stories, and scientific articles, two children's books, and three volumes of psychology. Kellerman has won the Goldwyn, Edgar, and Anthony awards, and has been nominated for a Shamus Award. He and his wife are the parents of four children. Previous publishers: Czech (Domino), Dutch (Luitingh-Sijthoff), French (Editions du Seuil), German (Random House), Italian (Fanucci), Polish (Amber), Portuguese/ Portugal (Humanity’s Friends), Romanian (Profil), Russian (AST), Serbian (Mana & Manjana), Spanish (Belacqua & Patria), Thai (Nokhook), Vietnamese (Literature Publishing House).
Praise for Guilt “A solid, poignant tale of violence and innocence . . . cool, brisk and polished.” —The Washington Post “Jonathan Kellerman’s psychology skills and dark imagination are a potent literary mix.” —Los Angeles Times “The combination of Alex Delaware [and] Detective Milo Sturgis . . . makes for the most original whodunit duo since Watson and Holmes.” —Forbes
UNTITLED TEMPLE McFADDEN #2 By Timothy L. O’Brien Original Publisher: Ballantine First Publication: March 2015 Rights Holder: Random House US Material: Ms Available September 2013 The second book in an ambitious historical thriller series that mingles historical and fictional characters and reimagines one of our nation's darkest moments. In O’Brien’s début novel, The Lincoln Conspiracy (Ballantine, September 2012), Detective Temple McFadden witnessed his friend’s murder and discovered that documents in his possession revealed the true depth of the conspiracy behind the assassination of Lincoln. This follow-up thriller will continue to delve further into the mystery of Lincoln’s murder.
THE LINCOLN CONSPIRACY : A
Timothy L. O’Brien Original Publisher: Ballantine First Publication: September 2012 Rights Holder: Random House US Material: Ms Available A nation shattered by its president's murder Two diaries that reveal the true scope of an American conspiracy A detective determined to bring the truth to light, no matter what it costs him In late spring of 1865, as America mourns the death of its leader, Washington, D.C., police detective Temple McFadden makes a startling discovery. Strapped to the body of a dead man at the B&O Railroad station are two diaries, two documents that together reveal the true depth of the Lincoln conspiracy. Securing the diaries will put Temple's life in jeopardy--and will endanger the fragile peace of a nation still torn by war.
Timothy L. O'Brien is the National Editor at the Huffington Post. Previously, he was an editor at the New York Times, where he oversaw the Sunday Business section. While there, he helped to oversee a team of Times reporters that was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in Public Service in 2009 for coverage of the financial crisis. The Times series that emerged from that work, "The Reckoning," was also a winner of a 2009 Loeb Award for Distinguished Business Journalism. Tim is the author of TRUMPNATION: The Art of Being the Donald and BAD BET: The Inside Story of the Glamour, Glitz, and Danger of America's Gambling Industry. He lives in New Jersey with his family. 11
ABDUCTED By T.R. Ragan Original Publisher: Thomas & Mercer First Publication: July 2012 Rights Holder: Teri Tobias Material: Manuscript available (384pp)
When Lizzy Gardner was only seventeen, what should have been the perfect night became the perfect nightmare. Kidnapped just blocks from home after a romantic evening with her boyfriend, Jared, she woke up to find herself at the mercy of a depraved serial killer. Imprisoned and tormented for months by the maniac she came to know as Spiderman, Lizzy narrowly escaped, the only one of his victims to survive. But Spiderman escaped too, outwitting police and cursing Lizzy to spend her life looking over her shoulder… Fourteen years later, Lizzy is a private investigator who teaches self-defense to teenage girls in her free time. She does what she can to help others protect themselves and to forget the horror of her ordeal, yet fears she will always be known as “the one who got away.” Then she receives a phone call from Jared, now a special agent for the FBI, with grim news. The killer has resurfaced, this time with a very specific target—Lizzy. And he’s made it clear that she will not escape him again. So begins a chilling game of cat-and-mouse, a terrifying, heartpounding hunt that only one will survive.
T. R. Ragan grew up in a family of five girls in Lafayette, California. She is the author of Dead Weight, the second Lizzy Gardner book. Also, writing under the name Theresa Ragan, she is the author of Return of the Rose, A Knight in Central Park,Taming Mad Max, Finding Kate Huntley, and Having My Baby. She and her family live in Sacramento.
NEVER FORGET By Lisa Cutts Original Publisher: Myriad Editions First Publication: July 2013 Rights Holder: Adrian Weston Literary Agency Material: Manuscript available (368pp)
A fast-paced crime debut that introduces a gutsy new heroine for the modern crime scene. The novel pulls us deep into the drama of the Major Incident Room when a frenzied stabbing means that junior officer DC Nina Foster is drafted into her first murder investigation. As the body count increases and the force's biggest-ever manhunt gets underway, Nina is determined to find the murderer. But when the story of her own traumatic childhood comes to light â€“ a past she's worked hard to hide â€“ her role on the team is threatened. Suddenly her job, her peace of mind and her safety are all in danger. Never Forget is viscerally convincing and draws closely on the author's own experience as a serving police officer with a background in criminal investigation. It represents the most authentic end of crime fiction, packed with twists and turns and rich with behind-the-scenes insights into the complex world of serious crime investigation. Lisa Cutts obtained her first degree in Law before becoming a police officer. She lives in Kent with her husband, a retired police officer, where she balances working full-time for Kent Police with writing crime fiction. Remember, Remember, the second book in the DC Nina Foster series, will be published by Myriad in 2014. Vicky Blunden, the commissioning editor at Myriad, discovered the author when Lisa entered (and won) the Writer's Retreat Competition with a short extract from Never Forget.
THE FLAVIA DE LUCE SERIES By Alan Bradley First Publication: January 19th, 2010 Rights Holder: The Bukowski Agency “Bradley's outstanding third Flavia de Luce mystery … [a] marvelous blend of whimsy and mystery…” — Publishers Weekly, starred review “Oh, to be 11 again and pal around with irresistible wunderkind Flavia de Luce…A splendid romp through 1950s England led by the world’s smartest and most incorrigible preteen” — Starred Kirkus Review “Wonderfully entertaining… sure to be one of the most loved mysteries of the year.” — Chicago Sun Times Picture an ancient country house somewhere in England. The year is 1950. Picture a girl who lives there with her most unusual family. Her name is Flavia de Luce—and she’s almost eleven. Picture a long-abandoned Victorian chemistry laboratory; no one ever goes there but Flavia. Put them all together and you’ll have a new kind of detective fiction . . .
Book 1: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie Original Publisher: Bantam First Publication: January 19th, 2010 Material: Manuscript available (385pp) Rights Sold: US (Bantam Books); UK (Orion Books); Canada (Doubleday); Italy (Mondadori); Israel (Matar); Germany (Blanvalet); Spain (Editorial Planeta); France (Editions JC Lattès); Poland (Vesper); Korea (Munhakdongne Publishing); Brazil (Editora Saraiva); Japan (Tokyo Sogensha); Catalan-language (Columna Edicions); Slovak-language (Ikar); Norway (Forlaget Press); Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao (complex character Chinese: Azoth) Russia (AST Publishing Group); Portugal (Planeta Manuscrito); Holland (Luitingh-Sijthoff); Serbia (Marso Publishing House); Czech Republic (Euromedia Group); Mainland Chinese (simplified characters: Beijing Hongwenguan Publishing & Planning Co. Ltd) Croatia (Naklada Ljevak); Turkey (Domingo Publishing); Lithuania (Vaga); Arabic language (Arab Scientific Publishers); Albania (Morava Publishing House); Greece (Lyhnar Publishing House); Romanian-language (Editura Trei); Denmark (Forlaget Punktum); Iceland (Forlagid); Estonia (Tiritamm); Hungary (Ulpius-haz); Vietnam (Alphabooks); Swedish (Lind & Co) Finnich (Bazar Publishers); China (Harbin Publishing House).
THRILLER Book 2: The Weed that Strings the Hangman's Bag Original Publisher: Bantam First Publication: February 8th 2011 Material: Manuscript Available (400pp) Rights Sold: China: Harbin Publishing House
Book 3: A Red Herring Without Mustard Original Publisher: Doubleday Canada First Publication: Feb 2011 Rights Sold: China (Harbin Publishing House)
Book 4: I Am Half-Sick of Shadows Original Publisher: Delacorte First Publication: November 2011 Material Available: Ms (320pp) Rights Sold: China (Harbin Publishing House)
Book 5: Speaking From Among the Bones Original Publisher: Delacorte First Publication: January 2013 Material Available: MS (390pp) Rights sold so far: US (Delacorte Press), Canada (Doubleday), UK (Orion), Germany (Blanvalet), Brazil (Saraiva), Italy (Sellerio), N. American English Audio (Random House); Polish (Vesper), Russia (AST), China (Harbin Publishing House)
Coming Soon: Book 6: The Dead In Their Vaulted Arches Original Publisher: Delacorte First Publication: Early 2014
MISTERY GIRL By Gordon David Original Publisher: New Harvest First Publication: July 2013 Rights Holder: Teri Tobias Rights Sold: Japanese, Audio Material: Manuscript available (320pp)
“One of the smartest, most stylish writers I’ve ever come across.”- Karen Thompson Walker
Vertigo meets Tarantino in this thriller by Edgar finalist David Gordon. Sam Kornberg is a failed novelist living in L.A. with a collapsing marriage. Desperate for work, he becomes the assistant to a portly, housebound detective named Solar Lonsky. His assignment to track a mysterious woman is the trigger for a tense, smart, and often screamingly funny story involving sexy doppelgangers, insane asylums, south-of-the-border shootouts, mistaken identities, video-store-geekery, and the death of the novel. It’s as if Tarantino had remade Vertigo after bingeing on Nero Wolfe novels. Mystery Girl is both an entertaining thriller and a cunning inquiry into art, style, and deception, by a writer, Karen Thompson Walker, author of The Age of Miracles, who was hailed as “one of the smartest, most stylish writers I’ve ever come across, a gifted storyteller whose work perfectly combines an incredibly sharp wit with moments of real transcendent beauty.”
David Gordon was born in New York City. He attended Sarah Lawrence College and holds an MA in English and Comparative Literature and an MFA in Writing, both from Columbia University, and has worked in film, fashion, publishing, and pornography. His first novel, The Serialist (Simon & Schuster), won the VCU/Cabell First Novel Award and was a finalist for an Edgar Award. His work has also appeared in The Paris Review, Purple, and Fence among other publications.
THE FINAL OPTION By Stefanie Pintoff Original Publisher: Delacorte First Publication: May 2014 Rights sold so far: Russia (AST) Material: Manuscript Available soon A new contemporary series by Edgar award-winning author Stefanie Pintoff. Three women. Each knowing she's about to die. Each given only one choice: how. When a fourth victim is abducted, it's up to FBI agent Eve Dante and her secret unit of ex-criminals to bring the serial killer to justice before it's too late. When the FBI turns to a team of reformed convicts to catch a monster.
Stefanie Pintoff is the author of A Curtain Falls (Minotaur Books) and In the Shadow of Gotham (Minotaur Books) —the winner of the 2010 Edgar Award for Best First Novel and the Washington Irving Book Award. She earned nominations for the Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. She is also a graduate of Columbia University Law School and has a Ph.D. in literature from New York University. She lives with her husband and daughter on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
Praise for Secret of the White Rose “Densely plotted, rich in moral ambiguity, and guaranteed to grip readers to the very last page.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on Secret of the White Rose “Edgar-winner Pintoff proves with her third historical that she’s the equal of Caleb Carr.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Secret of the White Rose
FROZEN SOLID By James M. Tabor Original Publisher: Ballantine First Publication: March 26, 2013 Rights Holder: Random House US Rights Sold: Russian (Eksmo) Material Available: Transmittal MS (410pp)
â€œThriller fans should pay attention.â€? â€”Library Journal Nationally bestselling author of Deep Zone, James M. Tabor returns with a heartstopping new Hallie Leland adventure: a chilling tale of suspense set against the forbidding backdrop of the South Pole, perfect for fans of James Rollins and Brad Thor. A brilliant and dangerous group of scientists are determined to save the world from the perils of overpopulation by releasing into the world a brutal virus. Having just arrived at the research station at the earth's southernmost tip, returning hero Hallie Leland has seven days to stop them from putting their plan into action. At the South Pole, accomplished scientist Emily Durant is found dead, and now the National Science Foundation needs a microbiologist with the same unique skill set: proven tolerance for high altitude, extreme environment experience, ice diving capability, and work with extremophiles. NSF identifies Hallie Leland as one of the few. Hallie knew Emily, and while she is deeply upset to learn of her friend's tragic death, she is honored to continue Emily's work. An international group of scientists calling themselves Triage believe that overpopulation is dooming the planet. It is the root cause of climate change, water scarcity, famine, pandemics, genocide, and more. For civilization to survive, earth's population must be reduced-dramatically and soon. But killing is not part of their plan. Instead, they will genetically engineer and disseminate a common virus which is really a carrier for something much more sinister. Something that will sterilize women with certain genetic markers--roughly half the females on earth. As Hallie discovers the full details of Triage's plot, she finds herself at war with forces more terrible than she could have imagined. And against the astounding backdrop of one of earth's loneliest and most treacherous places, she will risk everything to stop the plan from taking hold...even when she herself becomes a carrier.
James M. Tabor earned an MFA from Johns Hopkins University and is a former contributing editor to Outside and SKI magazines. His writing has also appeared in Time, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Smithsonian, Barron's, and many other national magazines. He was the writer and host of the national PBS series, The Great Outdoors, and in 2007 was the co-creator and executive producer for the History Channel Special, Journey to the Center of the World. Tabor is the author of the international-award-winning Forever on the Mountain 2007), Blind Descent, and debut novel Deep Zone (Ballantine Books). He lives in Vermont. 18
THE DECEIT By Tom Knox Original Publisher: Harper Collins First Publication: May 2013 Rights Holder: Furniss Lawton Material: Ms available April 2013 (464pp) Option publisher: French (City Editions); Norwegian (Cappelen Damm); Polish (Rebis); Turkish (Pegasus) AN ANCIENT SECRET When a renowned historian is found dead in a cave in the Sahara, his former student Ryan Harper vows to find out what happened. Rumour suggests he’d uncovered a priceless religious text, obsessively hidden for centuries by a network of holy men. BROUGHT TO LIGHT Meanwhile, on Cornwall’s remote western moorlands disturbing rituals are taking place – rituals that appear to have Egyptian connections. Working the case, DI Karen Trevithick is caught up in a dangerous mystery that will threaten the person she loves most. WILL SHAKE THE WORLD With the help of filmmaker Helen Fassbinder, Ryan finds himself in a race against time to decipher the ancient text. Pursued across Egypt by those who would use its secrets to devastating effect, Ryan draws ever closer to an unspeakable truth. A truth that will expose the most shocking deceit the world has ever known…
THE BABYLONE RITE From Templar Knights to Mexican drug cartels, Tom Knox returns with an electrifying new novel Journalist Adam Blackwood is chasing down the story of a lifetime—the world’s foremost Templar historian has committed suicide in Edinburgh, leaving behind a tantalizing clue about a secret object hidden in the famous chapel of Rosslyn that will connect to Templar sites throughout Europe, North Africa, and South America. “Knox’s greatest strength is coming up with original anthropological mysteries. Knox provides a surfeit of gruesome detail, but readers with strong stomachs... will be satisfied.” –Publishers Weekly Tom Knox is the pseudonym of the author Sean Thomas. Born in England, he has travelled the world writing for many different newspapers and magazines, including The Times, the Guardian, and the Daily Mail. His first thriller, The Genesis Secret, was translated into twenty-two languages; he also writes on art, politics, and ancient history. He lives in London.
THE LAST WHISPER IN THE DARK by Tom Piccirilli Original Publisher: Bantam First Publication: July 2013 Rights Holder: Random House US Material: Ms Available (266pp) Th e Ra n d fa m ily wa s on ce t h e st u ff of legen ds --a n en t ir e cla n of ca t bu r gla r s a n d con a r t ist s. Bu t a ft er t h e explosive even t s of T h e L ast Kin d Word s, on ly a sh ell of t h e fa m ily is left st a n din g, a n d Ter r y, t h e you n gest son , is t r yin g t o go st r a ig h t a n d m a ke som et h in g good of h is life. Old dem on s die h a r d, t h ou gh , a n d Ter r y becom es en m esh ed in a h eist gon e h or r ibly wr on g, in a r a ce a ga in st h is old n em esis a n d n ew t h r ea t s, a n d in t h e life of t h e wom a n h e on ce loved a n d n ow h a s lost for ever .
THE LAST KIND WORDS Orig in a l P u blis h e r: Ba n t a m F irs t P u blic a tio n : Ma y 2012 Rig h ts h o ld e r: Ra n dom H ou se US Material: Ms available (336 pp) â€œFor the first time since The Godfather, a family of criminals has stolen my heart. A brilliant mix of love and violence, charm and corruption. I loved it.â€? - Nancy Pickard, author. Ra ised in a fa m ily of sm a ll-t im e gr ift er s, Ter r ier Ra n d decided t o cu t loose fr om t h em a n d lea d a st r a igh t life bu t only a ft er h is older br ot h er , Collie, wen t on a killin g spr ee t h a t left a n en t ir e fa m ily a n d sever a l ot h er s dea d. F ive yea r s la t er , a n d weeks befor e h is sch edu led execu t ion , Collie con t a ct s Ter r y a n d a sks h im t o r et u r n h om e. H e cla im s t ha t h e wa sn 't r espon sible for on e of t h e m u r der s a t t r ibu t ed t o him --a n d in sist s t h a t t h e r ea l killer is st ill ou t t h ere. To m P ic c irilli h a s won t h e In te rn a tio n a l Th rille r Write rs Aw a rd a n d fou r B ra m S to k e r Aw a rd s , a s well a s h a ving been n om in a t ed for t h e E dga r , t h e Wor ld F a n t a sy Awa r d, t h e Ma ca vit y, a n d Le Gr a n d P r ix de L'im a gin a t ion .
HIS MAJESTY’S HOPE: A Maggie Hope Novel By Susan Elia MacNeal Original Publisher: Bantam First Publication: May 2013 Rights Holder: Random House Rights sold: Czech (Albatros), Japanese (Tokyo Sogensha), UK/BC (Constable & Robinson). Material: Ms Available
“You’ll be [Maggie Hope’s] loyal subject, ready to follow her wherever she goes.” —O: The Oprah Magazine Another novel following Mr. Churchill’s Secretary (April 2012) and Princess Elizabeth’s Spy (October 2012 of codebreaking extraordinaire Maggie Hope . Maggie has been one of Britain's secret weapons against the German attack. The American ex-pat is one of the UK's most loyal subjects, putting herself in danger's way countless times to defend her adopted homeland. Now, however, a spy organization that is separate even from MI-6 recruits Maggie. She is given a new identity and told to parachute into the belly of the enemy's beast-Berlin itself. From there, she will infiltrate, gain trust, and ultimately destroy a major part of the German war machine – a cyanide pill as a backup plan. Susan Elia MacNeal lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and child. Rights sold to Mr. Churchill’s Secretary: Chinese (Chongqing Green Culture), Czech (Albatros), Japanese (Tokyo Sogensha), UK/BC (Constable & Robinson).
Praise for the Maggie Hope Mysteries “MacNeal’s sophomore historical outing synchronizes perfectly with the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign. With a smart, code-breaking mathematician heroine, abundant World War II spy intrigue, and a whiff of romance, this series has real luster. —Library Journal (starred review)
RUN! By Andrew Grant Original Publisher: Ballantine First Publication: August 2014 Rights holder: Random House Material: Ms available May 2013
By the acclaimed author of EVEN and DIE TWICE. For fans of Harlan Coben's Tell No One and John Grisham's The Firm, comes a high-octane thriller for anyone who has ever wondered just how dangerous their job might be...RUN! is an exciting story of an in-demand computer consultant whose life starts to unravel as he becomes aware that he’s being framed.
DIE TWICE by Andrew Grant Original Publisher: Ballantine First Publication: May 2010 Rights holder: Random House Material: Ms available “Puts the reader in the front seat of heart-pounding action scenes…A solid adrenaline rush from start to finish.” —Library Journal (starred review)
EVEN by Andrew Grant Original Publisher: Ballantine First Publication: May 2009 Rights holder: Random House Material: Ms available Even delivers on its own—a tight, fast-paced, modern thriller fueled by adrenaline and revenge. “A stylish, suspenseful, and overall stunning debut, essential for all thriller collections.” – Library Journal (starred review) 22
DECODED By Mai Jia Original Publisher: People’s Literature China (2006) Rights holder: The Grayhawk Agency Rights sold so far: Taiwan (Wenyuan International), USA (FSG) Material: English Translation Available (90 000 words)
-“An amazing intuition, the illogical nature of destiny, the brilliance and fragility of genius, and circumstances that bind people together irrevocably as they drift through the darkness of the night all form part of Mai Jia’s strange and mysterious novel...” – Beijing Evening News 17 printings with over 600,000 copies sold in China Film version to be directed by Gao Qunshu. In his debut novel, Mai Jia creates Unit 701, a top-secret intelligence agency in China whose sole purpose is counter-espionage, radio surveillance, and code-breaking. The protagonist of DECODED is Rong Jinzhen, an autistic math genius. He comes from the illustrious and highly educated Rong family, but was born deformed (with a big head). This is the tragic story of his rise as China's greatest code breaker, his almost mythic birth, the Rong family's role in China's modernization and education, of his leaving the world of mathematics and academia behind and his "recruitment" by 701. Jinzhen’s greatest challenge is a set of highly classified codes called "The Purple Code" which is developed by China's chief enemy (unnamed throughout the book) and the mastermind behind the code is Professor Heath, a Jewish genius who is both Rong's teacher in university and his best friend. Rong successfully breaks the Purple Code, but a new and more difficult variation awaits him. It's called the Black Code, and Rong becomes obsessed with breaking it. In the process, his notebook, which contains everything he's written about codebreaking, is stolen, and this incident eventually drives him insane… Mai Jia (the pseudonym of Jiang Benhu) is arguably the most successful writer in China today. His books are constant bestsellers, with total sales over three million copies. He has achieved unprecedented success with film adaptation: all of his novels are made – or are being made – into major films or TV series, the screenplays of which are often written by Mai Jia himself. He is hailed as the forerunner of Chinese espionage fiction, and has created a unique genre that combines spycraft, code-breaking, crime, human drama, historical fiction, and metafiction. He has won almost every major award in China, including the highest literary honor – the Mao Dun Award. Mai Jia was born in 1964. Through a chance encounter, Mai Jia was recruited by the Army Engineering Academy. The purpose of the training, unbeknownst to him, is to create army intelligence officers. In short: spies. Mai Jia did not become a spy, but during the years working at a top secret unit, he got to know a group of people with startling intelligence, “alchemists of wisdom” who work in obscurity either by choice or by order. They form the prototypes of many characters Mai Jia will come to write: unsung heroes who fight a dangerous war of the mind, the battlefield of which is an abstract and metaphysical space beyond any normal person’s imagination. 23
DINNER FOR SIX By Lu Min Original Publisher: October Literature and Art (2012) First Publication: 2012 Rights holder: The Grayhawk Agency Material Available: Chinese manuscript, English sample 180 000 words in Chinese, apprx. 110 000 words in English * Selected as one of the “Top 20 Under 40” writers working in Chinese by both People Literature Magazine (China) and Unitas magazine (Taiwan)* * Multi-award winning leading writer of her generation* Lu Min’s latest novel begins with a powerful reminder of the physical cloud that China’s breakneck modernisation has created over its people, progress that threatens to swallow those who have tripped and fallen along the way. Focusing on the loves and lives of two singleparent families, DINNER FOR SIX lifts the veil on real life in the world’s fastest changing society. Moving back and forth through fourteen years, as if moving across a painting, we follow the six main characters as two families gather together and split apart, sitting across from each other at the dinner table. There’s Xiaobai, the youngest of the six. A boy when our story begins, he is desperate to regain some feeling of family after the loss of his father to cancer. Unsure when the two families are first united by his mother’s secret affair with Uncle Ding, he quickly comes to invest in trying to keep the families together, even if that means orchestrating a connection between his sister Xiaolan and Uncle Ding’s son, Chenggong. Su Qin, sensing a growing attraction between her daughter and the Ding boy Chenggong, is quick to break off her Wednesday nights with the alcoholic Mr Ding. Little does she know, the legacy of her secret rendez vous has continued into the next generation, as Xiaolan and Chenggong’s relationship grows. But Xiaolan is destined for university, for a marriage based on social standing not love. Sensuous without being flowery, DINNER FOR SIX is an exquisitely detailed examination of class, the gulf between public and private morality, and the struggles of those not born into wealth and power to make it in the new China. Lu Min (b. 1973) is one of the most critically acclaimed writers of her generation. Her prolific output in recent years -- she has published five novels and seven short story collections -- has been exceeded in number only by the flood of prizes that have accompanied it, including the prestigious Lu Xun prize for short fiction, Reader’s Selection for best novel by Short StoryMagazine, 2011 Best Female Writer Award, the People’s Literary Award.
TEN LORDS A-LEAPING A Twelve Deaths of Christmas Mystery By C.C. Benison Original Publisher: Bantam First Publication: October 2013 Rights holder: The Cooke Agency Material: Ms available (258pp)
Bought in a three-book North American pre-empt by Bantam, C.C. Benison— internationally published and award-winning author of the Her Majesty Investigates mysteries—continues his 12-title mystery series, Twelve Deaths of Christmas, for fans of M.C. Beaton and Rhys Bowen Over 40,000 copies sold of the first two in the series. Features the enormously likeable widower and Anglican priest Tom Christmas—Father Christmas to South Devon’s wiseasses—who seeks haven for himself and his daughter in an English village following the murder of his wife. Trouble is, wherever there is Christmas—or at least Tom Christmas—someone is likely to turn up dead. ELEVEN PIPERS PIPING Father Tom Christmas, the recently widowed vicar adjusting to life in the English village of Thornford Regis, would do almost anything to avoid attending the annual Robert Burns Supper at the local hotel. But as chaplain to a traditional Scottish pipe band, Father Tom must deliver the grace—and contend with wailing bagpipes, whiskey-laced parishioners reciting poetry, and the culinary abomination that is haggis.
TWELVE DRUMMERS DRUMMING Father Tom Christmas moves to the picturesque English hamlet of Thornford Regis to become its new vicar and to seek a peaceful haven. But inside the empty village hall, the huge Japanese o-daiko drum that’s featured in the May Fayre festivities has been viciously sliced open—and curled up inside is the bludgeoned body of Sybella Parry, the daughter of the choir director.
C.C. Benison is a pseudonym of Doug Whiteway, author of the Her Majesty Investigates mystery series. Doug has worked as a full-time journalist for numerous newspapers and magazines in Canada and has won a National Magazine Award and the Arthur Ellis Award for best first mystery novel. The award-winning author lives in Winnipeg. International rights to the series were sold to the UK (Macmillan), Spain (Plaza y Janes), Germany (Econ Taschenbuch Verlag) and Japan (Hayakawa Publishing).
DRIFT By Jon McGoran Original Publisher: Macmillan/Forge First Publication: July 2013 Rights holder: Donald Maass Literary Agency Material: Ms available
“Jon McGoran is a writer to watch. His effortless prose keeps his quirky characters ripping through a tricky plot that's as unusual as it is original. Drift is a winner.” – F. Paul Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of Dark At The End “A crisp organic thriller, freshly picked, and pickled with action… you'll never look at an apple the same way again.” – William Lashner, New York Times bestselling author of Blood And Bone
When Philadelphia narcotics detective Doyle Carrick loses his mother and step-father within weeks of each other, he gains a twenty-day suspension for unprofessional behavior and instructions to lay low at the unfamiliar house he’s inherited in rural Pennsylvania. Feeling restless and out of place, Doyle is surprised to find himself falling for his new neighbor, Nola Watkins, who’s under pressure to sell her organic farm to a large and mysterious development company. He’s more surprised to see high-powered drug dealers driving the small-town roads—dealers his bosses don’t want to hear about. But when the drug bust Doyle’s been pushing for goes bad and the threats against Nola turn violent, Doyle begins to discover that what’s growing in the farmland around Philadelphia is much deadlier than anything he could have imagined . . . Quick, clever, and terrifying, Jon McGoran’s Drift is a commercial thriller in the tradition of Nelson DeMille’s Plum Island. Jon McGoran has written about food and sustainability for twenty years, as communication director at Weavers Way Co-op in Philadelphia, and now as editor at Grid magazine. During that time he has also been an advocate for urban agriculture, cooperative development and labeling of genetically engineered foods. He is a founding member of the Philadelphia Liars Club, a group of published authors dedicated to promotion, networking, and service work. In Drift, he combines his interest in the increasingly bizarre world of food today with his love of the thriller.
PENANCE By Dan O’Shea Original Publisher: Angry Robot Books First Publication: April 2013 Rights holder: Donald Maass Literary Agency Material: Ms available
“A non-stop adrenaline rush, beginning, middle and end; half Stephen Hunter, half American Tabloid, Daniel O'Shea’s Penance is a bonafide blockbuster.” – Owen Laukkanen, author of The Professionals “Penance is a rich, gritty, terrific novel. O’Shea can throw a punch and turn a phrase with the very best of them. Even better, he knows the human heart inside out.” – Lou Berney, author of Gutshot Straight and Whiplash River One dark secret might be about to tear Chicago apart. A pious old woman steps out of the Sacred Heart confessional and is shot dead by a sniper with what at first appears to be a miraculous and impossible shot. Detective John Lynch, the son of a murdered Chicago cop, finds himself cast into an underworld of political corruption and guilty secrets, as he tries to uncover the truth about what’s really going on – before another innocent citizen gets killed. Dan O’Shea is a Chicago-area writer. His first two thrillers, Penance and Mammon, will be published by Exhibit A. Drawing on Chicago’s settings and history; the novels explore the city’s history of corruption, but with a national, even international flavour. Dan is also the author of Old School, a collection of short fiction published by Snubnose Press. Praise for Penance “Penance has one foot in Bourne and the other in The Untouchables, but tells a very human story of loss and atonement. A great thriller that ranges from the streets of 1970′s Chicago to the highest levels of modern power, with tight dialogue and righteuous violence. One for fans of crime, espionage and mayhem.” – Jay Stringer, author of Old Gold. "Penance makes the bulk of cliche-riddled crime fiction sound flat-footed by comparison." - Peter Farris, author of Last Call for the Living "A heart-pounding ride that leaves you breathless, yet allows for unforgettable moments of grace. A must-read." -Hilary Davison, Award-winning author of The Damage Done
THE START OF EVERYTHING By Emily Winslow Original Publisher: Random House/Delacorte First Publication: January 2013 Rights Holder: Donald Maass Literary Agency Material: Ms available “A masterly whodunnit! Emily Winslow effortlessly weaves together separate lives and intertwined lies, creating a powerful web of small deceits and horrifying misdeeds. The Start of Everything is a must-read!” — #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner
On the outskirts of Cambridge, the body of a teenage girl has washed up in the flooded fens. Detective Inspector Chloe Frohmann and her partner's search lead them to an imposing country manor where Frohmann begins to unravel a tangled web of passions and secrets, of long-buried crimes and fresh horrors. But in order to reveal the truth Chloe Frohmann might have to betray her partner. Emily Winslow is an American living in England. She’s the author of The Whole World (published by Delacorte in 2010) and is at work on her next novel of suspense, also to be set in Cambridge. Her training as an actress at Carnegie Mellon’s elite drama conservatory is put to use in her multiple first-person narrators, and her years designing puzzles for Games magazine inform her playful, complex plot structures. She and her husband live in Cambridge with their two sons, in a house full of books.
Praise for The Whole World "Winslow's novel is so self-assured, so well-constructed and so chilling that the reader is left in awe by the young author's accomplished debut. As turn leads to twist and twist becomes shock, the ripples of the past grow into waves that spawn tragedy. And Winslow's depiction of brilliant but troubled students is pitch perfect." —Richmond Times-Dispatch
THE TWENTY YEAR DEATH By Ariel S. Winter Original Publisher: Hard Case Crime First Publication: August 7, 2012 Rights Holder: Nicholas Ellison Agency Rights Sold: Japan (Shinchosha); UK (Titan) Material: Final manuscript available (672pp); Book available (700pp)
**‘Editor’s Choice’ on New York Times Bestsellers List** " Three linked crime novels, each written in the style of a master of the genre." - New York Times Editors Choice “Extraordinary…ambitious…beautifully built.” - New York Times A breathtaking first novel written in the form of three separate crime novels, each set in a different decade and penned in the style of a different giant of the mystery genre. 1931— The body found in the gutter in France led the police inspector to the dead man’s beautiful daughter—and to her hot-tempered American husband. 1941— A hardboiled private eye hired to keep a movie studio’s leading lady happy uncovers the truth behind the brutal slaying of a Hollywood starlet. 1951— A desperate man pursuing his last chance at redemption finds himself with blood on his hands and the police on his trail... Three complete novels that, taken together, tell a single epic story, about an author whose life is shattered when violence and tragedy consume the people closest to him. It is an ingenious and emotionally powerful debut performance from literary detective and former bookseller Ariel S. Winter, one that establishes this talented newcomer as a storyteller of the highest caliber.
Ariel S. Winter is the author of the picture book One of a Kind (Aladdin) illustrated by David Hitch, the novel The Twenty-Year Death (Hard Case Crime), and the blog We Too Were Children, Mr. Barrie. He lives in Baltimore, MD.
THE CASE OF THE LOVE COMMANDOS Book 4 in the Vish Puri series By Tarquin Hall Original Publisher: Forge First Publication: Summer 2013 Rights Holder: Fletcher & Co. Material: Ms available April 2013 Option Publisher: 10/18 (France) A New York Times Notable Crime Novel – The Case of the Missing Servant “Vish Puri is the Indian Poirot” – Financial Times When India’s Love Commandos rescue a young woman from a high caste family whose been forbidden from marrying an untouchable, she looks set to live happily ever after. But just hours before the wedding, her boyfriend, Ram, is abducted. Has his would-be father-in-law made good on his promise and done away with him? It falls to Vish Puri to find out. Unfortunately, he’s not having a good month. He can’t locate a haul of stolen jewelry. He’s been pickpocketed. And the only person who can get his wallet back is his interfering Mummy-ji. Things only get worse when he discovers that his archrival, Hari Kumar, is also trying to locate the abducted boy – as is a genetics research institute exploiting illiterate villagers. To find Ram first, Puri and his team must travel into the badlands of rural India where the local politics are shaped by millennia-old caste prejudices. Tarquin Hall is the author of the Vish Puri mysteries, set in India. The first in the series, The Case of the Missing Servant, was named by the New York Times as a Notable Crime Book and given starred reviews by Kirkus, Library Journal and Booklist. Hall divides his times between London and Delhi with his wife, Indian-born journalist Anu Anand, and their young son.
LONG WAY HOME By Eva Dolan Original Publisher: Random House UK First Publication: January 2014 Rights Holder: Random House UK Material: Edited Manuscript available (368pp)
Long Way Home opens with the death of a migrant worker, who has been burned alive in a suburban garden shed. It soon becomes clear that the owners of the shed have something to hide, but while DS Ferreira from Peterborough's Hate Crimes unit thinks they've found their killers, her boss, DI Zigic isn't so sure. . It seems that some other people might have had good reason to see Jaan dead: Andrus Tombak, slum landlord – witnesses say the two had fought; Clinton Renfrew, convicted arsonist, and EDL member; Fintan Maloney, landlord of Irish pub, Maloneys, where there’s more on offer than just the beer; and any number of local thugs who, as ‘employers’, abuse cheap foreign labour. The pair must work with victims and villains to find the truth. Like the very best crime fiction, it’s about the writing, characters and issues as much as it is the plot. Eva Dolan is a young and talented writer, a younger and edgier version of Denise Mina and, like Susan Hill, has the same capacity to draw the reader in…As a teenager she was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger for unpublished writers.
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