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No Exit Press John Lincoln: Mistaken Identity Jason Starr: Lost You Peter Murphy: Judge Walden – Back in Session Peter Murphy: One Law for the Rest of Us Jonathan Abrams: All the Pieces Matter William Boyle: The Lonely Witness Leigh Russell: Death Rope Pocket Essentials Kamera Books Creative Essentials

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NO EXIT PRESS JOHN LINCOLN: MISTAKEN IDENTITY - A smart, dark and highly contemporary private detective novel - Touches on difficult subjects such as Islamic radicalisation in our jails - Detective protagonist Gethin Gray is a Rebus for the Corbyn generation - Realistic and diverse cast of characters and a strong, original narrative - Acclaimed novelist & biographer brings a literary sensibility to this tough, modern noir - Set in Cardiff and Bristol

BOOK DETAILS: 92,000 words, Feb 2019 | RIGHTS: World including audio and large print COMP TITLES: John Rebus series by Ian Rankin, Strike

Gethin Gray is a crusading hero with problems. His Last Resort Legals investigates miscarriages of justice; he gambles and struggles with a creaking marriage. Izma M. was sent down for the brutal murder of Hannah Gold. In jail, he penned an acclaimed autobiography and attracted supporters convinced of his innocence; the charismatic Amelia Laverne among them. Gethin is less convinced but he needs the money so when Amelia offers to fund an investigation to prove Izma's innocence, he takes on the case. The stakes prove chillingly higher than Gethin could have imagined and Amelia shows herself to be a force of nature...

JOHN LINCOLN is the transparent pseudonym of John Williams, the novelist, biographer and crime fiction reviewer for the Mail on Sunday. In his twenties John Williams wrote a book called Into The Badlands, about American crime fiction (‘John Williams's Into the Badlands opened up the world of American crime fiction for me and a generation’ – David Peace). His true crime account of a notorious miscarriage of justice, Bloody Valentine, is a cult classic, described by Benjamin Zephaniah as his favourite book. Since then he’s written eight more books including the Cardiff Trilogy of novels and a biography of Michael X.

NO EXIT PRESS JASON STARR: LOST YOU (working title) - A brilliantly plotted addictive psychological thriller with a wholly satisfying ending - Acclaimed author is one of few people to win Anthony Award for crime fiction multiple times - Dark, twisty plot explores what happens when one bad decision causes all your worst fears to come true - Assured and expertly drawn portrayal of a desperate, morally flawed protagonist

'Jason Starr is the real deal in a world where a lot of people are faking it' - Laura Lippman BOOK DETAILS: 320pp (83,000 words), Feb 2019 | RIGHTS: UK & Commonwealth ex Canada including audio and large print | OTHER RIGHTS: Murray Weiss, Catalyst Lit | OTHER PUBLISHERS: GERMANY/Diogenes, US/Oceanview Press OTHER TITLES: Cold Caller (AUDIO/Audible, GERMANY/Diogenes, FRANCE/Fleuve Noir, ITALY/Meridiano Zero, SPAIN/Mondadori, POLAND/C&t), Fake ID (GERMANY/Diogenes, ITALY/Meridiano Zero, FRANCE/Fleuve Noir, POLISH/C&t), Nothing Personal (GERMANY/Diogenes, ITALY/Meridiano Zero, FRANCE/Fleuve Noir, POLISH/C&t), Hard Feelings (GERMANY/Diogenes, ITALY/Meridiano Zero, FRANCE/Rivages, POLAND/C&t), Lights Out (GERMANY/Diogenes, FRANCE/Fleuve Noir, POLAND/C&t), Panic Attack (GERMANY/Diogenes, FRANCE/Fleuve Noir, SPAIN/Umbriel), Tough Luck (GERMANY/Diogenes, FRANCE/Fleuve Noirm POLAND/C&t), The Follower (GERMANY/Diogenes, FRANCE/Fleuve Noir, POLAND/C&t), Twisted City (GERMANY/Diogenes, ITALY/Unorosso, FRANCE/Fleuve Noir, POLAND/C&t), Savage Lane (2015, AUDIO/Audible, US/Polis, GERMANY/Diogenes, ITALY/Unorosso)

One night. One date. What have you got to lose? Jack Harper isn’t a bad man, but he’s stuck in a loveless marriage with a mediocre job just trying to keep sober. The only good thing in his life is his son. When an old college friend introduces him to a new extramarital dating website, he tentatively reaches out to find a distraction from his miserable life. But when he goes to meet up with his steamy online date, he quickly realises it was a dire choice. Soon, Jack finds himself desperately trying to prove his innocence for crimes he did not commit, and the life he once had – unhappy as it was – is nothing but a dream. Now, he’s living his worst nightmare. . . Gripping and packed with shocking twists and turns, this intense psychological thriller plays with a basic anxiety we all harbour: What if one reckless decision could ruin your life forever? JASON STARR is the international bestselling author of many crime novels and thrillers and his books have been published in over a dozen languages. He has also co-written several novels with Ken Bruen for Hard Case Crime and his work, which appears in comics for Marvel, D.C, Vertigo, and Boom! Studios, has featured Wolverine, The Punisher, Batman, Doc Savage, The Avenger, Ant-Man and The Sandman. Many of his books are in development for film and TV. Starr's bestselling crime novels include Cold Caller, Nothing Personal, Fake ID, Hard Feelings, Tough Luck and Twisted City, Lights Out, The Follower, Panic Attack and Savage Lane. He was born in Brooklyn and lives in Manhattan.

NO EXIT PRESS PETER MURPHY: JUDGE WALDEN - BACK IN SESSION - A succession of fascinating cases presided over by Judge Walden at his South London Crown Court and a humorous look behind the scenes at the characters who make it run - Retired resident judge Peter Murphy shines an irreverent, satirical light on the world of wigs, gowns and old-world courtesies. - Highlights the degradation of the British court system (just like the NHS, police and other more visible public services) caused by austerity cutbacks - Imagine John Mortimer’s hugely popular Rumpole of the Bailey if he were a Judge, not a Barrister

‘Judge Charles Walden is amply qualified for inclusion in any list of fictional National Treasures’ Lord Judge, former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales

BOOK DETAILS: 416pp (125,000 words), May 2018 | RIGHTS: World including audio and large print | OTHER TITLES: Walden of Bermondsey (416pp, 125,000 words, Nov 2017) | COMP TITLES: Rumpole of the Bailey by John Mortimer

When Charlie Walden took on the job of Resident Judge of the Bermondsey Crown Court, he was hoping for a quiet life. But he soon finds himself struggling to keep the peace between three feisty fellow judges who have very different views about how to do their job, and about how Charlie should do his. And as if that’s not enough, there’s the endless battle against the Grey Smoothies; the humourless grey-suited civil servants who seem determined to drown Charlie in paperwork and strip the court of its last vestiges of civilisation. No hope of a quiet life then for Charlie, and there are times when his real job - trying the challenging criminal cases that come before him - actually seems like light relief.

TV adaptation option sold to Alistair MacleanClark at Revelation Content and Media Limited. PETER MURPHY graduated from Cambridge University and spent a career in the law, as an advocate, teacher, and judge. He has worked both in England and the United States, and served for several years as counsel at the Yugoslavian War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague. In addition to the Judge Walden books, he has written two political thrillers about the US presidency, and six historical/legal thrillers in the Ben Schroeder series; as well as several well-known legal texts. He lives in Cambridgeshire

NO EXIT PRESS PETER MURPHY: ONE LAW FOR THE REST OF US - Former Crown Court Judge swaps his gavel for a pen in this popular legal series - An absorbing courtroom drama that will keep you gripped until the final verdict, for fans of Silk, Judge John Deed and Law & Order - Highly authentic portrayal of historical British courtroom, barristerial life and courtroom procedure appropriate for the late 1960/70s setting - Series based on real life events and themes such as Lord Lucan affair (Calling Down the Storm) the Cambridge spies (And Is There Honey Still for Tea?), the plot to assassinate the Prince of Wales (The Heirs of Owain Glyndwr) - Uses historical context to raise questions about certain contemporary issues for example child sex abuse scandals (One Law for the Rest of Us) and the roots of radicalism (And is There Honey Still for Tea)

‘Murphy's clever legal thriller revels in the chicanery of the English law courts of the period’ - Independent BOOK DETAILS: 352pp (100,000 words), Dec 2018 | RIGHTS: World including audio and large print | OTHER TITLES: Ben Schroeder novels: A Higher Duty (AUDIO/Audible), A Matter for the Jury, And Is There Honey Still for Tea, The Heirs of Owain Glyndwr, Calling Down the Storm. Political Thrillers: Removal (US/Skyhorse), Test of Resolve When Audrey Marshall sends her daughter Emily to the religious boarding school where she herself was educated a generation before, memories return – memories of a culture of child sexual abuse presided over by a highly-regarded priest. Audrey turns to barrister Ben Schroeder in search of justice for Emily and herself. But there are powerful men involved, men determined to protect themselves at all costs. Will they succeed? Is there indeed one law for the rich and powerful, and one law for…?

PETER MURPHY graduated from Cambridge University and spent a career in the law, as an advocate, teacher, and judge. He has worked both in England and the United States, and served for several years as counsel at the Yugoslavian War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague. In addition to the Judge Walden books, he has written two political thrillers about the US presidency, and six historical/legal thrillers in the Ben Schroeder series; as well as several well-known legal texts. He lives in Cambridgeshire.

NO EXIT PRESS JONATHAN ABRAMS: ALL THE PIECES MATTER - ‘You either love The Wire, or you’ve never seen it!’ - The definitive oral history of the iconic TV show - Includes commentary from people involved in making of the show, from director and producers, to actors, to the real people on whom many characters were based - Enduring popularity of The Wire is indisputable; Facebook fan page has over 1.8million likes - Celebrity endorsers of the show include former President Barack Obama

'This isn't just a book about The Wire, but also about crime, politics, social structures, media and the struggles to create an enduring masterpiece' - Jonathan Abrams BOOK DETAILS: 352pp (128,000 words), May 2018 | RIGHTS: UK & Commonwealth ex Canada including audio and large print | OTHER PUBLISHERS: US/Crown | COMP TITLES: The Wire: Truth be Told by Rafael Alvarez and David Simon Since its final episode aired in 2008, the acclaimed crime drama The Wire has only become more popular and influential. The issues it tackled, from the failures of the drug war and criminal justice system to systemic bias in law enforcement and other social institutions, have become more urgent and topical. The show's actors, such as Idris Elba and Dominic West, have gone on to become major stars. Its creators and writers, including David Simon and Richard Price, have developed dedicated cult followings of their own. Universities use the show to teach everything from film theory, to criminal justice and sociology. Politicians and activists reference it when discussing policy. When critics compile lists of the Greatest TV Shows of All Time, The Wire routinely takes the top spot. It is arguably one of the great works of art America has produced in the 21st century. But while there has been a great deal of critical analysis of the show and its themes, until now there has never been a definitive, behind-the-scenes take on how it came to be made. With unparalleled access to all the key actors and writers involved in its creation, Jonathan Abrams tells the astonishing, compelling, and complete account of The Wire, from its inception and creation through to its end and powerful legacy.

JONATHAN ABRAMS is an award-winning journalist who writes for Bleacher Report. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling Boys Among Men. He was previously a staff writer at Grantland, the Los Angeles Times, and the New York Times and is a graduate of the University of Southern California.

NO EXIT PRESS WILLIAM BOYLE: THE LONELY WITNESS - A compulsively readable noir thriller and a raw and grittily realistic portrait of crime and punishment on Brooklyn streets - Deeply evocative setting, masterfully drawn characters and prose that bristles with energy - Explores notion of how place and the past influence who we are

‘Bristling with energy, Gravesend marks Boyle out as a new name to watch’ – Guardian ‘A brave and gripping novel from start to finish’ – Big Issue BOOK DETAILS: 256pp (76,000 words), October 2018 | RIGHTS: UK & Commonwealth ex Canada including audio and large print | OTHER PUBLISHERS: US/Pegasus, FRANCE/Rivages Noir, GERMANY/Polar Verlag | OTHER RIGHTS: Caspian Dennis, Abner Stein | OTHER TITLES: Gravesend (256pp, Jan 2018, UK & C ex Can), A Friend is a Gift You Give Yourself (73,000 words, 2019, UK & C ex Can) | COMP TITLES: Elmore Leonard, Dennis Lehane, George Pelecanos Amy was once a party girl, but now she lives a lonely life. Helping the house-bound to receive communion in the Gravesend neighbourhood of Brooklyn, she knows the community well. When a local woman goes missing, Amy senses something isn’t right. Tailing the woman’s suspicious son, she winds her way through Brooklyn’s streets. But before she can act, he is dead. Captivated by the crime she’s witnessed and the murderer himself, Amy doesn’t call the cops. Instead, she collects the weapon from the sidewalk and soon finds herself on the trail of a killer. Powerful and evocative, The Lonely Witness brings Brooklyn to life and exposes the harsh realities of crime and punishment on the city streets.

WILLIAM BOYLE is from Brooklyn, New York. His debut novel, Gravesend, was published as #1,000 in the Rivages/Noir collection in France, where it was shortlisted for the Prix Polar SNCF 2017 and nominated for the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière. Boyle is also the author of a book of short stories, Death Don’t Have No Mercy, and of another novel, Tout est Brisé, recently released in France by Gallmeister. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi.


LEIGH RUSSELL: DEATH ROPE - Eleventh book in the DI Geraldine Steel series - Over a million copies sold worldwide - #1 ebook bestseller - CWA New Blood Dagger Shortlist & Dagger in the Library longlist

BOOK DETAILS: 320pp, Nov 2018 | RIGHTS: World including audio and large print | COMP: Robert Bryndza, Angela Marsons, Peter James | FOREIGN LANGUAGE RIGHTS CONTACT: Kathrin Scheel, This Book Travels Mark Abbott has committed suicide. Or so it seems… His sister, Amanda, refuses to believe her brother would take his own life and implores Detective Geraldine Steel to investigate. Since her demotion at work, Geraldine feels liberated. With no chance of advancing her career, she can focus on what really matters to her – finding justice for the voiceless dead. So when her instincts tell her Amanda is genuine, she pursues the case, despite no obvious signs of foul play. And when Amanda goes missing, her instincts are proved right. Someone is trying to cover their tracks and it falls to Geraldine to find the culprit. Taking a risk, she finds herself confronted by an adversary deadlier than any she has faced before. . . Her boss Ian is close, but will he arrive in time to save her, or is this the end for Geraldine Steel? LEIGH RUSSELL is the author of the internationally bestselling Geraldine Steel series: Cut Short, Road Closed, Dead End, Death Bed, Stop Dead, Fatal Act, Killer Plan, Murder Ring, Deadly Alibi and Class Murder. The series has sold over a million copies worldwide. Cut Short was shortlisted for the Crime Writers Association (CWA) John Creasey New Blood Dagger Award, and Leigh has been longlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library Award. Her books have been #1 on Amazon Kindle and iTunes with Stop Dead and Murder Ring selected as finalists for The People’s Book Prize. Leigh is chair of the CWA’s Debut Dagger Award judging panel and is a Royal Literary Fellow. Leigh studied at the University of Kent, gaining a Masters degree in English and American Literature. She is married with two daughters and a granddaughter, and lives in London.

POCKET ESSENTIALS THE SHORT HISTORY SERIES 'Accessible introductions to complex subjects'

BOOK DETAILS: approx. 160pp, | RIGHTS: World including audio and large print

GORDON KERR worked in bookselling and publishing before becoming a full-time writer. He divides his time between Dorset and Southwest France.

GILES MORGAN is the author of the Pocket Essentials on The Holy Grail, Byzantium, Freemasonry, Saints and Saint George. He currently lives in Harrow.

SEAN MARTIN is a writer, poet and filmmaker. He has written Pocket Essential guides on The Knights Templar, Alchemy and Alchemists, The Gnostics, The Cathars and Kamera Books on Andrei Tarkovsky and New Waves in Cinema.


‘Encompassing a wide range of cinematic subject matter, accessible and attractively produced, Kamera Books is an excellent, well-written and researched series that will be welcomed by the curious moviegoer and film buff alike’ - Adrian Wootton, CEO, Film London Genre: Non-fiction, film and TV | Rights: World including audio and large print

CREATIVE ESSENTIALS FARAH ABUSHWESHA: ROCLIFFE NOTES A second book in the ROCLIFFE NOTES series, formed from questions from newer filmmakers. This is a practical compendium for screenwriters and filmmakers in the form of notes andopinions. These provide a step-by-step, common sense guide, with suggestions on how filmmakers package a film. This book covers everything you need to know to get a low-budget film made, from understanding budgeting and different types of finance, to casting, crewing, scheduling, production and festival strategy. This book explains how to turn your script into a film. It has a unique insight by providing insider confidences, from established industry players to peers, on how you don’t need permission to make films. A revelation for all would-be filmmakers, this is a guide to the nuts and bolts of making a film.

Average Word Count: 70,000 words | Rights: World including audio and large print

'A really useful guide to getting on in the world of film' - Richard Eyre FARAH ABUSHWESHA has produced the feature The Last Photograph, directed by and starring Danny Huston, and an Irish Film Board commission to celebrate the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising. She runs UK based company Rocliffe as well as being the European Director of Content for Emmywinning Exec Producer Stephanie Laing’s online comedy platform PYPO. She was the co-producer on Pinewood Studio's Pressure with Danny Huston and Matthew Goode, and producer of Newscope's teen thriller Don’t Hang Up starring Gregg Sulkin and Gareth Clayton. Her production work includes two acclaimed directorial debuts: BAFTA Breakthrough Brit Rowan Athale’s The Rise and BAFTA nominee Tom Harper’s The Scouting Book for Boys. Her short film The Party has been nominated for a 2017 BAFTA. Farah is the founder of the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Competition – the initiative behind the BAFTA and Rocliffe’s FORUM LIST. She is a champion of new screen talent and author of the Amazon bestseller Rocliffe Notes. Farah was recently listed by Stepfeed as one of '11 Inspirational Arab Women in Film'.

CREATIVE ESSENTIALS Creative Essentials aim to provide accessible, comprehensive and affordable how-to guides to a range of subjects, written by experts in their field. We aim to provide a onestop solution for experts and beginners alike, for experienced and aspiring writers, directors, filmmakers, teachers and students. ‘The tone and content are perfect for the HE students, combining theoretical background with a heavy emphasis of actually doing. We aim to prepare our students for industry and I think all of these titles will be a real asset’ - Alison Thompson, Course Coordinator, Northern Ireland Film & Television School Average Word Count: 60,000 | Rights: World (translation) | TURKEY/Kalkedon Yayinlari (Reading Screenplays, Writing a Screenplay, Writing Short Screenplays, Short Films: Writing the Screenplay, Short Films, Filming on a Micro-budget, The Art of Acting), POLAND/Wydawnictwo Myslinski (Reading Screenplays)

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Oldcastle Books Rights Catalogue - April 2018

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