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Anthony Horowitz to Pen New James Bond Novel Inspired by Original Unseen Fleming Material

Ian Fleming Publications Ltd., The Ian Fleming Estate, the Orion Publishing Group, and HarperCollins US and Canada are delighted to announce that international bestselling and award-winning writer Anthony Horowitz is at work on an official new James Bond novel. Currently dubbed Project One, the novel is due for worldwide release on 8th September 2015.

The new book by Horowitz – a lifelong fan of Ian Fleming – will be set in the 1950s and will be unique among the modern James Bond novels, in that a section will contain previously unseen material written by Fleming to which Horowitz has had exclusive access.

Jessie Grimond, great-niece of Ian Fleming, said: “In the 1950s Ian Fleming wrote several episode treatments for a James Bond television series. But it never came to be made and he ended up turning most of the plots into the short stories that are now in the collections For Your Eyes Only and Octopussy and The Living Daylights. However, there are a few plot outlines which he never used and which, till now, have never been published, or aired. Given that Anthony is as brilliant a screenwriter as he is a novelist, we thought it would be exciting to see what he would do with one of them.”

The treatment chosen by Horowitz, which will serve as a starting point for his novel, is entitled Murder on Wheels, and follows Bond on a mission into the world of motor racing. Familiar characters in the TV treatment include ‘M’ and Miss Moneypenny.

One of the country’s most prolific and successful writers, Horowitz has over 40 books to his name. His recent Sherlock Holmes novel, The House of Silk, sold in more than 35 countries, whilst his bestselling teen spy series, Alex Rider, has sold more than 19 million copies worldwide. As a TV screenwriter he created both Midsomer Murdersand the BAFTA-winning Foyle’s War.

Horowitz said: “It’s no secret that Ian Fleming’s extraordinary character has had a profound influence on my life, so when the estate approached me to write a new James Bond novel how could I possibly refuse? It’s a huge challenge – more difficult even than Sherlock Holmes in some ways – but having original, unpublished material by Fleming has been an inspiration. This is a book I had to write.”

Lucy Fleming, niece of Ian Fleming, said: “We are thrilled that Anthony has taken on the Bond mantle, and can’t wait to read his novel. Anthony is a brilliant writer, as his millions of fans around the world demonstrate. He has an exceptional skill for writing spy thrillers in particular, and it is this coupled with the original Fleming material and his knowledge of and enthusiasm for Bond, which makes for a really exciting proposition.”

Malcolm Edwards, Deputy CEO and Group Publisher, Orion Publishing Group, said: “James Bond and Anthony Horowitz is a match made in publishing heaven. Anthony is a writer of exceptional skill and I have no doubt he will deliver a book that will resonate and delight Bond fans around the globe. For our part, we will publish the book in a way that celebrates the legacy of literary Bond and mount a campaign that will make publication day one of the biggest publishing events of 2015.”

Jonathan Burnham, Senior Vice President and Publisher, HarperCollins US, said: “HarperCollins is thrilled to be publishing the new James Bond novel in the United States and Canada. Anthony Horowitz is an author of exceptional skill and range – his Sherlock Holmes novel, House of Silk, displayed his amazing ability to reanimate fictional characters to create a new and powerful narrative.  The combination of this talent, his inventiveness and brilliance as a novelist, and his access to hitherto unpublished Fleming material, makes this a uniquely exciting event for all James Bond fans.”

The book will be published by Orion Publishing Group in the UK, and by HarperCollins in the United States. The book rights were sold in the English language by Jonny Geller of Curtis Brown, on behalf of Ian Fleming Publications Ltd and The Ian Fleming Estate. International rights will be offered at the forthcoming Frankfurt Book Fair on October 6.

Further announcements about the project will follow in 2015.

Launch of Brighton’s Dark and Stormy Crime Festival

Dark & Stormy is a brand new UK crime festival, serving up a wicked selection of book, film, music & theatre events. We launch in May 2014, in partnership with Brighton Festival, Brighton Fringe, and Dukes at Komedia, to celebrate and promote this massively popular genre, bringing its fans, creators and stars together for one criminally good and unforgettable weekend.”  The site is up and tickets are now on sale.  The press release follows.

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Winner of Harvill Secker and Daily Telegraph Competition Announced

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HARVILL SECKER AND TELEGRAPH UNVEIL A NEW CRIME WRITING STAR

 HARVILL SECKER TO PUBLISH WINNING CRIME NOVELSET DURING BRITSH RAJ

Abir Mukherjee is the winner of the Telegraph Harvill Secker Crime Writing Prize, launched last July to find an unpublished crime writing star to join one of the country’s leading literary imprints, home to bestselling crime authors including Jo Nesbo, Henning Mankell, Fred Vargas, Stuart Neville and Eva Dolan.  An extract from Abir Mukherjee’s winning entry – ‘A Rising Man’ – can be read at the Telegraph.

Set in India in 1919, ‘A Rising Man’ opens with the brutal murder of a British burra sahib in the backstreets of Calcutta. Was the killing politically motivated by the Quit India movement? Captain Sam Wyndham of the Imperial Police Force, a former Scotland Yard detective and a man scarred by the Great War, is asked to investigate.  Described as “a good man upholding a corrupt system”, Wyndham is assisted by the equally conflicted Sergeant Bannerjee, who is torn between his belief in British justice and the Empire’s repression of his own people.

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Lesley Thomson’s The Detective’s Daughter is crowned eBook of the year

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Link to PB at Amazon UK.

Breakthrough crime novel wins over the public and claims the eBooks by Sainsbury’s title.

Lesley Thomson’s fast-paced crime thriller The Detective’s Daughter has been voted eBook of the year following eBooks by Sainsbury’s month long quest to reveal UK book-lovers’ top digital read for 2013.

Running throughout December 2013, the public was asked to select its favourite eBook from a long list of 150 titles designed to represent the breadth and diversity of British book publishing, covering genres from sci-fi to literary fiction from biographies to thrillers.

Sussex-based novelist Lesley Thomson’s The Detective’s Daughter, which tells the story of a neglected daughter who takes on the murder case that her workaholic detective father spent his life trying, and failing, to solve, surpassed bestselling authors and successful titles to win the coveted award.

Tim Lennox, Managing Director at eBooks by Sainsbury’s commented: “The result of the first eBooks by Sainsbury’s eBook of the Year is both wonderful and refreshing, suggesting that eBooks have opened up a whole new world for readers and authors alike. We certainly saw this with Lesley Thomson’s The Detective’s Daughter, which enjoyed enormous success as an eBook in 2013, keeping a few well-known names off the top of the bestseller lists in the process.

“We’ve always thought that the convenience and portability of the eBook format played a powerful role in persuading readers to try something new. The fact Thomson’s breakthrough book won out against stiff competition from literary heavyweights certainly seems to bear this out. We’re delighted to award the first eBooks by Sainsbury’s eBook of the Year Award to Lesley Thomson, and look forward to more readers discovering new voices and favourite reads on eBooks by Sainsbury’s in 2014.”

For more information please visit the eBooks by Sainbury’s website

Jo Nesbo UK and Ireland tour starts next week

NesboTourBestselling Norwegian crime writer Jo Nesbo will tour the UK and Ireland next week for the publication of his hotly-anticipated new Harry Hole thriller, Police, out 12th September from Harvill Secker.

Jo Nesbo will participate in events and signings in London, Manchester, Glasgow, Stirling, Belfast and Dublin from 12 to 16 September, including the country’s first high-speed book signing on-board a Virgin Train with WH Smith, and signings on 14 September in support of the Books Are My Bag trade initiative.

Jo Nesbo will participate in solo events at the Coronet Cinema, Notting Hill, with Waterstones Piccadilly; headline events for both the Bloody Scotland! Crime Writing Festival and the Manchester Literature Festival; No Alibis bookshop in Belfast; and The Pavillion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire for Eason.  There are also three lunchtime signing sessions with Waterstones in London (12 September), Manchester (13 September) and Glasgow (14 September).

Jo Nesbo will do interviews with BBC Breakfast, RTE TV, BBC Radio 4’s Open Book, BBC Radio 6’s Radcliffe and Maconie, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio Ulster, RTE 1 Radio, and newspapers including the Daily Telegraph, The Times, Mail on Sunday, Independent on Sunday, Irish Times, Daily Record and the Press Association.

The full event listing is as follows (and can be found at jonesbo.co.uk):

12 September:
12.30 Waterstones Leadenhall Market signing
18.00 Coronet Cinema, Notting Hill, Jo Nesbo in conversation with Emma Kennedy in association with Waterstones Piccadilly
13 September:
13.00 Waterstones Manchester Deansgate signing
19.30 Manchester Literature Festival
14 September:
09.41 Preston to Glasgow signing on-board high speed Virgin Train service –in conjunction with WH Smiths and Books Are My Bag
13.00 Waterstones Glasgow Sauchiehall Street signing – in conjunction with Books Are My Bag
15 September:
18.00 The Ulster Hall event and signing with No Alibis Bookshop
16 September:
20.00 The Pavillion Theatre Dun Laoghaire in conversation with Declan Burke in association with Eason

POLICE continues the story of PHANTOM, which was a Sunday Times #1 bestseller in paperback earlier this year.  The Harry Hole novels have sold over 20 million copies worldwide.  Jo Nesbo is regarded as one of the world’s leading crime writers, and his novels are published in more than 45 languages.

POLICE is Jo Nesbo’s ninth internationally acclaimed novel featuring Inspector Harry Hole to be translated into English, and the tenth in the series.  In the new novel a series of killings that echo unsolved murders is sweeping Oslo, and the killer is targeting the police.

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Launch of Zoe Sharp’s The Blood Whisperer

I am delighted to be able to help out Zoë Sharp on the launch of her first standalone crime thriller The Blood Whisperer.  (Trade PB and Kindle UK links.)

Zoë has kindly made available three limited edition review copies for distribution via this promotion.  Keep your eyes open for and RT the following tweet for a chance to win one of three signed copies:

3 ltd edition signed review copies of @authorzoesharp’s #TheBloodWhisperer up for grabs. RT to enter in draw. Closes #midnightFriday5Sep.

The winners will be announced on Saturday.  And without further ado, here’s the press release for you to find out more about this novel:

12 years, 10 books, 1 central character.

Until now.

Meet The Blood Whisperer, Zoë Sharp’s first standalone crime thriller.

ZoeSharp-TheBloodWhisperer-finalPraise for The Blood Whisperer

‘The Blood Whisperer is a cracking, compulsive read: once you’ve read the electrifying first few pages, you’ll probably develop intense feelings of annoyance towards anyone or anything who takes you away from it and the wonderful, gutsy, spiky heroine. I loved every word of this brilliant, mind-twisting thriller and even yelped out loud at one of the genius twists.’ Elizabeth Haynes, author of Into the Darkest Corner

Praise for Zoë Sharp

‘If you’re looking for an author who can deliver high-octane thrills every time and a character who is NOT to be messed with, you’ve found them …’ Mark Billingham

‘Zoë Sharp is a master at writing thoughtful action thrillers …’ Meg Gardiner

The uncanny abilities of London crime scene specialist Kelly Jacks to coax evidence from the most unpromising of crime scenes once earned her the nickname of The Blood Whisperer.
Then six years ago all that changed.
Kelly woke next to the butchered body of a man, the knife in her hands and no memory of what happened. She trusted the evidence would prove her innocent.
It didn’t.
Now released after serving her sentence for involuntary manslaughter, Kelly must try to piece her life back together. Shunned by former colleagues and friends, the only work she can get is with the crime scene cleaning firm run by her old mentor.
But old habits die hard. And when her instincts tell her things are not as they appear at the scene of a routine suicide, she can’t help but ask questions that somebody does not want answered.
Plunged into the nightmare of being branded a killer once again, Kelly is soon on the run from police, Russian thugs and a local gangster. Betrayed at every turn, she is fast running out of options.
But Kelly acquired a whole new set of skills on the inside. Now street-smart and wary, can she use everything she’s learned to evade capture and stay alive long enough to clear her name?

Trade Paperback UK: 388 pages; Murderati Ink (ZACE Ltd); ISBN-13: 978-1909344327.
Also in ebook formats.

Zoë Sharp is available for interview and articles.
Find out more about the author and her work here: http://www.zoesharp.com/

‘Sharp is the best kept secret in crime fiction, it’s about time that changed.’ Stuart MacBride

Breaking news: Faber to publish Laura Lippman in UK and Commonwealth

FABER AND FABER ACQUIRE TWO NOVELS BY BEST SELLING CRIME WRITER LAURA LIPPMAN

Faber & Faber are thrilled to announce they have signed the New York Times bestselling author, Laura Lippman, to their crime & thriller list for her next two novels. The deal for UK and Commonwealth rights, which Senior Editor Angus Cargill did with Arabella Stein on behalf of Vicky Bijur, sees her move from HarperCollins’s Avon list.

Cargill said the signing was ‘a real coup for the list. Laura is an author I’ve long admired, one of America’s finest and most interesting thriller writers, and we hope to now take her work to the next level here in the UK’. And When She Was Good, the first book of the deal, will publish as a mass market paperback original in May 2013, with the ebook preceding it this November. Cargill described the novel as a ‘perfect slow-burn thriller, about Heloise, a single mother, whose seemingly normal life hides some very dark secrets. Secrets that threaten to emerge when the dead body of a suburban madam is discovered.’

Lippman’s 19th novel, untitled as of now, will follow in the autumn, and be published simultaneously with Morrow, her longterm US publisher. It is about one of Baltimore’s last number runners, who disappears in the 1970s, tipped off by a source that the federal government are on to him, leaving behind a wife, three young daughters and a mistress. And, somewhere, a lot of money. The story picks up thirty years later when a retired homicide cop working on cold cases to supplement his pension develops a fascination with the murder of a beautiful stripper — who happened to be the number runner’s mistress and the woman he entrusted with a suitcase full of cash when he fled.