Category Archives: Thriller

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 It’s a huge challenge – more difficult even than Sherlock Holmes in some ways – but having original, unpublished material by Fleming has been an inspiration.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.

Want to ask Kathy Reichs a question?

Here’s your opportunity:

Join Kathy Reichs, bestselling author and forensic anthropologist in a broadcast from London’s Barts Pathology Museum on how forensics have influenced her career. Send your questions in now!

Broadcast: 17th September at 17:00 (UK time)

KRBNLJoin us for a special broadcast with bestselling author and forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs at London’s Barts Pathology Museum! As part of Kathy’s UK tour to mark publication of her new novel Bones Never Lie, she will be giving a fascinating illustrated talk on forensic anthropology and how forensics has influenced her writing career.

From teaching FBI agents how to detect and recover human remains, to separating and identifying commingled body parts in her Montreal lab, as a forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs has brought her own dramatic work experience to her mesmerising thrillers. For years she consulted to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in North Carolina, and continues to do so for the Laboratoire de Sciences Judiciaires et de Médecine Légale for the province of Québec. Dr. Reichs has travelled to Rwanda to testify at the UN Tribunal on Genocide, and helped exhume a mass grave in Guatemala. As part of her work at JPAC (Formerly CILHI) she aided in the identification of war dead from World War II, Korea, and Southeast Asia. Dr. Reichs also assisted with identifying remains found at ground zero of the World Trade Center following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Dr. Reichs is one of only eighty-two forensic anthropologists ever certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. She served on the Board of Directors and as Vice President of both the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, and is currently a member of the National Police Services Advisory Council in Canada. She is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. A native of Chicago, she now divides her time between Charlotte, NC and Montreal, Québec.

Kathy Reichs’s first novel Déjà Dead catapulted her to fame when it became a New York Times bestseller, a Sunday Times bestseller and won the 1997 Ellis Award for Best First Novel. She has written seventeen bestsellers featuring Dr Temperance Brennan, including the forthcoming new thriller Bones Never Lie, as well as a forensic series aimed at young adults. She is a producer on the chilling hit TV series Bones.

Join us for this special broadcast and be sure to send in your questions by 12pm on 16th September to make sure Kathy has a chance to answer them.

Kathy Reichs is joined by Carla Valentine, Technical Assistant Curator in a special broadcast from London’s Barts Pathology Museum. Watch the broadcast at 5pm on 17th September.

Click here to submit questions before the show (make sure it’s before 12pm 16th September)

Website: www.kathyreichs.com

Hashtag: #BartsBones

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Acts of Omission – Terry Stiastny

Click on image for link to Amazon UK.

Click on image for link to Amazon UK.

Avid readers who recently appreciated the slow burn intensity of The Honourable Woman: take note. Terry Stiastny’s Acts of Omission may at first appear a languorous novel but when the denouement comes it is rewarding; perhaps not satisfying, but very definitely rewarding in its emotional hit.

In the journey to get there Stiastny draws on her background as a former BBC journalist who covered the politics of Westminster and who spent a period based in Berlin. Acts of Omission deftly weaves through the corridors and rooms of the Houses of Parliament and the high-intensity pressure houses of journalists’ newsrooms. The author takes us back to 1998 and is clear that “the gilt is starting to come off a new era” but makes no reference to the specific politics and politicians of the day.

Like The Honourable Woman, Stiastny’s Acts of Omission has secrets at its heart, decisions, actions, failures to action. And with three central characters we see how the unpicking of one stitch unravels their lives and the lives of others close to them.

Alex Rutherford, a young man who has a desk job in the intelligence services does not follow procedure when he joins some old university friends for a night out in the City. He takes his laptop with him, and within it, a disk. The following morning he wakes to a hangover and the realisation that he is no longer in possession of both.

Mark Lucas, an inexperienced MP recently appointed as Foreign Minister is travelling to Berlin. He is aware of a disk containing a list of the names of British informants to the Stasi that is now in the hands of the Government. The Germans want it back and are very likely to raise the issue. Elected and promoted with a squeaky-clean transparency persona, Lucas is warm to the thought of return of the disk but the diplomatic service will not hear of it.

The disk turns up at the newspaper where journalist Anna Travers works. Like Rutherford, Travers is not long out of university; she is hungry and ambitious. Suddenly winning a place on the “disk team” she is one to start unpicking the stitches when the paper’s investigation begins. As the unravelling erupts we see the impact on the lives of many and to Stiastny’s great credit we also feel the human cost.

In Acts of Omission we see the machine in action in the corridors of power and its efficacy is scary.

This thought-provoking novel delivers more than one powerfully emotional sucker punch before the last page, and is a political thriller to stand alongside the best.

Crime Saturday at the Lit and Phil in Newcastle 3 May 2014

LitPhil1If you are in or near Newcastle on Saturday, 3rd of May get thee hence!  All these authors are fantastic public performers.  Call the Lit and Phil on 0191 232 0192 to book/reserve your tickets.  From the Lit & Phil’s website:

Saturday 3rd May | 2pm | Crime Saturday | £5/3 per session or £12/8 for all three
An estimated 45% of the fiction borrowed from the Lit & Phil falls into the category of crime.  Our fascination with the subject seems to be not only ongoing but continually branching out into new areas.  Join us for Crime Saturday and meet some of the authors responsible for this interest.  We are hosting literary panels of experts discussing their particular area of crime fiction.

Historical Crime 2.00 – 3.30pm
Aly Monroe is the author of the Peter Cotton series.  Her third novel Icelight, was awarded the 2012 CWA Historical Dagger.  Samantha Norman is finishing Winter Siege, a book started by her mother, the historical thriller writer Ariana Franklin who died in 2011.  John Lawton has written seven novels, the last of which A Lily of the Field was named Daily Telegraph Thriller of the Year in 2011.

LitPhil2Women in Crime 4.30 – 6.00pm
Mari Hannah won the Polari First Book Prize for her debut novel, The Murder Wall and a Northern Writers’ Award for her second, Settled Blood.  Zoë Sharp has written a standalone crime novel, various short stories and ten books featuring bodyguard Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Fox.  M J McGrath is the author of the Edie Kiglatuk series of Arctic mysteries.  The first in the series, White Heat, was nominated for a CWA Gold Dagger.

Icelandic Crime 7.00 – 8.30pm
Ragnar Jonasson is an Icelandic writer of the Dark Iceland crime series set in Northern Iceland, currently being developed as a TV series.  Yrsa Sigurðardóttir is the bestselling and award-winning Icelandic crime author of the Thóra Guðmundsdóttir series.  Quentin Bates is writing a series of crime novels set in present day Iceland. Cold Steal will be published in April 2014.

In association with Northumbria University.

Coventry Inspiration Book Awards 2014 – Murder and Mayhem

Click on the pic to vote.

Click on the pic to vote.

Within the Coventry Inspiration Book Awards we have one called Murder and Mayhem.

Every week from 20 January 2014 the two books with the least votes in each poll will be eliminated, until we have the winners.

Get voting by clicking on the pic or right HERE.

And don’t forget to keep voting weekly until the final winner is determined.

That’s quite a list there.

One of the best shortlists I’ve seen.

This competition is a tough one.

Vote!

James Naughtie talks about writing his political thriller The Madness of July …

… in this nifty video from his publisher Head of Zeus.  The novel is published on 27 February.

Click on pic to find book on Amazon.

Click on pic to find book on Amazon.

“It is a sweltering July in the mid-1970s, and for Will Flemyng, foreign office minister, the temperature is rising with each passing hour. A mysterious death has exposed secret passions in government, bringing on a political crisis that will draw him back into a familiar world of danger and deceit.

“For Flemyng has a past. He was trained as a spy for a life behind enemy lines and now he’s compelled to go back. In the course of one long weekend he must question all his loyalties: to his friends, his enemies, and to his own two brothers.

“Only then can he expose the truth in London and Washington. When he has walked through the fire.”

Book Competition Time! Catch up with Tom Bale.

TheCatchIf you haven’t read a Tom Bale thriller yet, now is your chance.  The Catch will be published in paperback on 13 February but you can win a spanking new and fresh copy to read before the end of January if you’re quick off the mark, courtesy of those lovely people at Arrow.

You have until midnight, Thursday 23 January (British time) to leave a comment:

  1. with the correct name of the novel that Tom published under his real name, and
  2. outlining why you think you deserve to be the one to receive a copy of The Catch to get acquainted with Tom Bale’s thrillers.

Open to UK addresses only.  Comments will not be published here until Friday, 24 January when the winner will be selected.  Please ensure that you choose a method of commenting that allows speedy contact by email.  The book will be posted as soon as the winner’s address has been obtained by email.

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The Catch

How far do you go for a friendship?  That’s the question Daniel Wade is forced to ask when a simple favour has fatal consequences.  For the sake of his old schoolmate, Robbie – and more importantly for Robbie’s sister, Cate – Dan agrees to go along with a lie. But soon he’s sucked into a conspiracy that threatens to consume them all.

How hard do you fight for a fortune?  For Gordon and Patricia Blake, the dead man held the key to a glorious future.  Now that future has been ripped from their grasp, and the Blakes want to know why.  Then they want revenge.

How can you hope to survive?  With a ruthless predator on their trail, Dan realises that evading justice is the least of their worries.  All that matters now is staying alive …

Read the opening scenes of The Catch here.

The Silence of the Lambs reissued for its 25th anniversary

Silence of the Lambs 25From The Bookseller:

‘Arrow is reissuing classic cult thriller The Silence of the Lambs for its 25th anniversary. The novel will have a gold foil design and a new introduction from author Thomas Harris, which editorial assistant Tim Vanderpump said “gives some background to the earliest origins of Thomas’ most famous creation…’

Click above for further info at the link.

#fridayreads Congratulations to David Harrison / Tom Bale

I noticed last night that David Harrison’s Sins of the Father is currently number 1 in UK Kindle’s Crime and Thriller Free Chart.  David Harrison later became Tom Bale and you can find his thrillers (published by Preface) here; the latest thriller is standalone The Catch.  Congratulations David/Tom!

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Hodder and Stoughton imprint Mulholland Books signs Marcus Sedgwick for first novel for adults

Reported today in The Bookseller: Editor Ruth Tross bought world English rights from Kirsty McLachlan at DGA in A Love Like Blood, for publication in March 2014.

“The book opens in post-war Paris, where a young medic, Charles Jackson, sees something that will both haunt his life and change it. The publisher described it as ‘a dark literary thriller about obsessions, revenge, love and hate, and our psychological relationship to blood’.”