LANGE by Elise Hooper
Morrow/HarperCollins, forthcoming 2018
A new novel, "Lange," by Elise Hooper ("The Other Alcott,” forthcoming, Fall 2017) about the celebrated photographer Dorothea Lange, a strong woman achieving stature in her field on her own (not as a wife) as one of the only female photographers for the FSA (Farm Security Administration) in the 1930s and 40s, alongside Walker Evans and Gordon Parks, who took significant Japanese internment photos and more.
THE OTHER ALCOTT by Elise Hooper
Morrow/HarperCollins, September 2017, trade paperback
Louisa ("Little Women") Alcott had a younger sister, May, who struggled as hard to become an artist as the author did to support her family with her writing. In this tenderly observed study of May's pilgrimages to London and Paris, her relationships with women artists of her time, and her late marriage and tragically early death, Hooper has created a character as vivid as any in Louisa's famous book.
“With its globetrotting, sibling rivalry, old-fashioned courtship, art world intrigue and one very difficult choice, Elise Hooper’s thoroughly modern debut gives a fresh take on one of literature’s most beloved families. To read this book is to understand why the women behind Little Women continue to cast a long shadow over our imaginations and dreams. Hooper is a writer to watch!” — Elisabeth Egan, author of A Window Opens
“Elise Hooper’s debut novel, The Other Alcott, is a delightful, moving book about the strength of women, the impetus of creativity and the indelible bond between sisters. If you loved Little Women (or even if you didn’t), this engaging take on the real-life relationship between the Alcott sisters will fascinate and inspire. More than ever, we need books like this – in celebration of a woman overlooked by history, one whose story helps shed light on our own contemporary search for love, identity and meaning.”
— Tara Conklin, New York Times bestselling author of The House Girl
'LITTLE WOMEN': 150th ANNIVERSARY EDITION edited by Anne Boyd Rioux
Penguin Classics, forthcoming 2017, hardcover
Rioux, author of the forthcoming "Reading 'Little Women,'" is also editing a special edition of the pivotal 1868 novel for Penguin Classics, with notes for both younger and adult readers, essays on the culture and beliefs of the Alcott family and an account of the many stage, movie and TV versions over the years.
MISS GRIEF AND OTHER STORIES by Constance Fenimore Woolson
Forward by Colm Toibin, edited and with an introduction by Anne Boyd Rioux
Norton, forthcoming February 2016, hardcover
Rioux, the author of PORTRAIT OF A LADY NOVELIST, the first biography of the 19th century writer Constance Fenimore Woolson, has compiled what will become the standard entry point for Woolson's compelling work. A selection of Woolson's stories, including "Miss Grief," "A Florentine Experiment," and "In Sloane Street," will be accompanied by an introduction by Rioux informed by her biography and her longtime leadership of the Constance Fenimore Woolson Society.
Bookslut Interview, "An Interview with Anne Boyd Rioux"
LARB Review, "Rediscovering an Overlooked Woman Novelist"
Bookslut Review, "Miss Grief and Other Stories by Constance Fenimore Woolson"
"These finely crafted, place-rooted stories are startling in their mythic atmosphere, vital descriptions, and elegiac tributes to lost worlds [...] The humble, hard-working, long-suffering women in Woolson's stories are transcendent in their stoicism and capability. Woolson belongs in every American literature collection."
-Booklist Starred Review
OIL AND MARBLE by Stephanie Storey
Arcade/Skyhorse, March 2016, hardcover
At the height of the Italian Renaissance, in a few short years at the start of the 16th century in Florence, two of the world's iconic masterpieces were created by two radically different masters: Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarotti. They shared an intense rivalry to become the city's premier artist and create its emblematic art work. Da Vinci was a proud, wealthy polymath at the apex of his career when he painted "Mona Lisa"; Michelangelo, a struggling young man from a poor family, had only the "Pieta " behind him when he sculpted his "David." This novel presents this riveting drama and re-creates this period in their lives and glittering times.
Oil and Marble #11 on LA Times Bestseller List, "Bestsellers"
New York Times Book Review, "Artists in Fiction"
"Storey has produced a shrewd, entertaining book that, while it ought not be confused with history, might inspire a longform cable series."
"Before I got to the bottom of the first page, I was completely engrossed in Oil and Marble. I especially liked the way Ms. Storey involved all the great names of the early 16th century in the art of politics and the politics of art. This is an eminently readable tale, with the two giants of art giving the story its heart and soul. A fabulous and fun read." --Historical Novel Society
"The artistic process can be one of self-doubt, struggle, and sheer physical exertion, and Storey depicts the drama here with truth and insight. A rewarding read for art aficionados and fans of historical fiction." --Booklist
Stephanie Storey, for The Huffington Post, "Pen Names", "Travel", and "Rivals"
Kansas City Public Television Arts Upload, "Artboards, Oil and Marble, Ben Peter, 3rd Law"
Interview on KCUR, "Obsessed with Everything"
Foreign Rights to Spain and Turkey (Maya Kitap)
THE HUMMINGBIRD'S CAGE by Tamara Dietrich
NAL Accent/Penguin, June 2015, trade paperback
A cross between "The Lovely Bones" and "Touched by an Angel," this debut novel tells the story of a woman living in New Mexico who marries a handsome policeman and lives to regret it, since her husband Jim is a pathological bully who terrorizes Joanna and her six-year-old daughter with impunity because of his uniform. When Joanna finally gets up the courage to flee, a violent chase ensues, and Joanna finds herself and young Laurel recovering, in a strangely luminous and touchingly old-fashioned small town that seems to exist outside time. As she befriends a community of quirky residents from different historical eras she slowly realizes that she has to find the courage to struggle back to the real world and face her demons. The author, a Virginia-based award-winning journalist, brings insight and imagination to this tale of otherworldly redemption.
LISETTE'S LIST by Susan Vreeland
Random House, forthcoming August 2014, hardcover; June 2015 paperback
Set in a small Provencal town in the period surrounding World War Two, this is the story of a young Parisienne who comes there with her picture frame maker husband to nurse his aging father--a man who knew Pissaro and Matisse. Lisette struggles to come to terms with her husband's death in the war, and eventually to find the valuable paintings he had hidden from the Nazis. It is at once a story of the power of art, the growth of a young woman coping with the tensions of wartime, and eventually a touching love story.
Random House Audio
Rights to Italy (Neri Pozza), Bulgaria (Kragozor), Russia (AST), Israel (Keter).
Book of the Month Club selection.
"The book's most touching moments intertwine art with human connections, such as how the love between Marc and Bella Chagall--in hiding from the Nazis in Provence--is evoked through his work." -Booklist
"Like the painters Vreeland writes about, she too is leaving her legacy -- some of the world's finest examples of historical fiction." -San Diego Union-Tribune
"Readers will find the element of passion in all of Vreeland's stories; it is her trademark and her talent, to immerse us in the complex hearts and psyches of characters both ordinary and extraordinary for their creative genius." -Boston Globe
CLARA AND MR.TIFFANY by Susan Vreeland
Random House, January 2011, hardcover. Now in its fifth printing.
Translation rights controlled by publisher. Film rights controlled by BBA.
Set in turn-of-the-century New York, Louis Comfort Tiffany, scion of the famous house, makes a breakthrough with his gorgeously crafted stained glass. His most talented assistant Clara faces the barriers of that time and place against women in the workforce. With this penetrating study of the competing claims of life and art, Vreeland has fashioned a sweeping saga of the mores and conflicts of the Gilded Age.
Random House Audio
Rights to Italy (Neri Pozza), Russia (AST), Hungary (Geopen).
Book of the Month Club selection.
Bestseller list: NEW YORK TIMES, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE , LOS ANGELES TIMES , HEARTLAND INDIE , CHICAGOLAND INDIE , "INDIE NEXT" pick (January 2011)
"The book brims with fascinating information about Tiffany's glassmaking and about New York as its gilded age gives way to a more progressive era . . .Vreeland's ability to make this complex historical novel as luminous as a Tiffany lamp is nothing less than remarkable." -Eugenia Zukerman, The Washington Post
“The first thing to be said about a Vreeland novel is that the reader learns a lot from it, but the joy and delight of a Vreeland novel is that the knowledge gleaned from her beautifully articulate pages is not delivered as if from a podium . . . There’s no excuse for any reader of high-quality literary fiction to let this novel pass by.” -Booklist (starred review)
LUNCHEON OF THE BOATING PARTY by Susan Vreeland
Viking/Penguin, May 2007, hardcover; Penguin paperback, February 2008
Foreign editions: Italy (Neri Pozza), Germany (Heyne Verlag), Holland (Bzztoh) Israel (Kineret), Serbia (Laguna), Korea (Kang) and Port-ugal (Emergencia).
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
LIFE STUDIES by Susan Vreeland
Viking/Penguin, December 2004, hardcover; December 2005, paperback
Foreign editions: Germany, Italy,Holland, Serbia/Slovakia
LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLER
THE FOREST LOVER by Susan Vreeland
Viking/Penguin, January 2004, hardcover; paperback December 2004
Foreign editions: Canada, Denmark, Italy, Germany, Poland
THE PASSION OF ARTEMISIA by Susan Vreeland
Viking/Penguin, 2002, hardcover; 2003, paperback
Foreign editions: Brazil, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Israel, Italy, Korea, Holland, Poland, Portugal, Serbia/Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey
GIRL IN HYACINTH BLUE by Susan Vreeland
MacMurray & Beck, 1999, hardcover; Viking/Penguin, 2000, paperback; Rosetta Books, 2012, e-publication
Foreign editions: Australia, Brazil, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Philippines, Russia, Serbia/Slovakia, Spain (Spanish and Catalan), Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey
HighBridge audio (US); Lindhardt audio (Denmark)
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
OVER A HALF MILLION COPIES SOLD
BRUSH WITH FATE, Hallmark Hall of Fame TV Movie based on GIRL IN HYACINTH BLUE, February 2003. Screenplay by Richard Russo, starring Glenn Close, Ellen Burstyn, Thomas Gibson and Patrick Bergin.
WHAT LOVE SEES by Susan Vreeland
Rosetta Books, March 2012, electronic and print-on-demand
An inspirational love story about two blind people whose devotion to each other, and to the family they raise together, holds them together against all odds.
Recorded Books Audio
WHAT LOVE SEES, CBS Sunday Night TV Movie based on the book of the same title, 1996. Starring Richard Thomas, Annabeth Gish, and Edward Hermann.
THE RELUCTANT MIDWIFE by Patricia Harman
William Morrow/HarperCollins, March 2015, trade paperback original
In this sequel to THE MIDWIFE OF HOPE RIVER the setting is again 1930s Appalachia in the Depression, where a nurse, caring for a traumatized surgeon, is revitalized in the course of working for the Civilian Conservation Corps and fighting a deadly forest fire.
Unabridged Harper Audio edition
Rights to Denmark (Cicero), Sweden (Historiska Media), Holland (Harlequin/Harper), Czech (Euro Media)
THE MIDWIFE OF HOPE RIVER by Patricia Harman
William Morrow/HarperCollins, August 2012, trade paperback original. Now in its third printing
Harman, the author of two acclaimed memoirs, "The Blue Cotton Gown" and "Arms Wide Open," makes her fiction debut with this stirring saga of a courageous woman's fight for love and independence. Patience Murphy, a pioneering midwife in Depression Appalachia, must establish her right to practice amid the prevailing poverty and despair, coping also with troubles between the mining companies and their unions, and the racism of the still-active Ku Klux Klan. Working in the hardscrabble conditions she takes the jobs that no one else wants, helping those most in need—and least likely to pay. Patience knows a successful midwife practice must be built on a foundation of openness and trust—and the secrets she keeps are far too intimate for her to ever let anyone in.
Audiobook from AudioGoUK
Rights to UK (Korvus/Atlantic Books), Japan (Kokusho Kankokai), Denmark (Cicero), Sweden (Historiska Media), Finland and Norway (Bazar), France (Lattes), Holland (Harlequin/Harper)
"Midwives are warriors in this beautifully sweeping tale." -- Kirkus, August 2012
Featured Alternate Selection for the Fall 2012 of the Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club, Rhapsody Book Club, Doubleday Large Print Club, BOMC2, and Columbia House DVD Club.
THE FUNERAL DRESS by Susan Gregg Gilmore
Shaye Areheart Books/Crown, Summer 2013, hardcover
Marvel Lane must bury her mother, and in doing so has to come to terms with a life that was blighted by poverty and prostitution, in this third novel by the acclaimed author of “Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen” and “The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove.”
LOOKING FOR SALVATION AT THE DAIRY QUEEN by Susan Gregg Gilmore
Shaye Areheart Books/Crown, February 2008, hardcover; paperback, June 2009
Catherine Grace, teenage daughter of a beloved preacher in a small Southern town, longs to get away to the big city until a series of dramatic events show her that life in the slow lane can be just as exciting. A delightful and heart-warming debut brimful of Southern charm.
Now in its seventh printing, with 35,000 copies sold. Audio to Tantor
THE IMPROPER LIFE OF BEZELLIA GROVE by Susan Gregg Gilmore
Shaye Areheart Books/Crown, July 2010, hardcover; July 2011, paperback
With a father who can’t cope, a mother who drinks to forget imagined social slights, and a little sister living in a private world, Bezellia manages to break a lot of Southern taboos as she creates her own idiosyncratic life.
Audio to Tantor
A SIBA 2010 SUMMER OKRA PICK
"Brimming with charm."
SEND ME WORK by Katharine Karlin
TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press, October 2012
In this remarkable story collection, Karlin focuses on women working successfully in jobs normally dominated by men—-at an oil refinery, as a welder, on a railroad, in a shipyard. Observant, realistic, often funny and tender, they reveal new, unrecognized dimensions of the American experience.
"Clear-eyed and rough without being raw, this bracing debut story collection is enlivened by by an effective mix of bodily warmth and mechanical grit... These stories are a miracle of pacing, hitting the short story sweet spot time and again and ending exactly when they should. For her unusual focus and light but penetrative approach to this subject matter, Karlin deserves serious attention." - Publishers Weekly, 8/22/11 (starred review)
THE WIVES OF HENRY OADES by Johanna Moran
Ballantine Books, February 2010, trade paperback
Based on a real case, this moving novel recounts the story of a man who in 1890s California lived happily with two wives and successfully fought a long prosecution for bigamy. Oades was an Englishman who emigrated to New Zealand with his wife and children only to have them kidnapped and held for years by the Maori. Convinced that they were dead, he started a new life and marriage in California; years later his family reappeared and found him. Moran’s powerful account is a tribute to the courage and good-heartedness of two remarkable women, as well as a page-turning drama.
UK rights to Harper Press, German to Bertelsmann Book Club.
BRITISH INDIEBOUND PICK (March)
"Intriguing and evocative debut novel based on a real-life California bigamy case...it's the two women bonding that gives the book its heart and should make this book a book group winner."
"Moran is a careful writer, a spare stylist who never wastes a word. She also has a well-tuned ear for the jargon of the period, colorful language that adds warmth, humor, and humanity to her story."
THE BLACK ISLE by Sandi Tan
Grand Central/Hachette, hardcover, August 2012
A “ghost history” of a South Asian metropolis in which an elderly psychic recalls her amazing role in the city state's growth from a backward island haunted by countless spirits to a center of world finance.
Rights to the Netherlands (Artemis) and Poland (Remi)
"Gripping historical novel... [that] maintains its mesmerizing power throughout... Tan's imagination seems boundless."
-- Publisher's Weekly, 5/28/12
"Tan debuts with a cinematically epic ghost story."
-- Kirkus, August 2012
"Tan reveals a rich imagination and a lush style in this first novel... riveting... will sweep readers into action."
-- Booklist, June 2012
LIVING TREASURES by Yang Huang
Harvard Square Editions, October 2014, paperback & e-book
In China at the time of Tiananmen Square, a rebellious female university student falls in love with a young soldier, has had her own unwilling abortion, and helps a country girl flaunt the recent one-child-per-family law.
"Huang does an admirable balancing Bao's individual story against the canvas of China's evolution using crisply drawn characters who reveal their layers as the story progresses. A knotty, engaging novel of China's recent history." -Kirkus, 2014
"This skillfully written work embodies a young woman's journey toward independence and maturity at a time when her country's politics dictate conformity and oppression." -Library Journal
"Huang's winning novel is more than another work of historical fiction. Living Treasures is endearing, extraordinarily moving, and its timely message about life makes it a must read for young and old readers alike." -San Francisco Book Review
LOVE'S ALCHEMY by Brian Crockett
Five Star, March 2015, hardcover
In this historical reimagining, Elizabethan poet John Donne gets caught up in the religious wars of his time, sexually dallies with his powerful patroness while trying to hold his marriage together, and narrowly escapes death due to his involvement in Guy Fawkes's Gunpowder Plot.
EXILES by Cary Groner
Spiegel & Grau/Random House, June 2011, hardcover
Reeling from an ugly divorce, an American doctor takes his 17-year-old daughter to Kathmandu to work in a free clinic for a year. Nepal—rife with poverty, disease, and a Maoist insurrection—challenges both their previous view of the world and their very physical survival. Profound culture shock and a dramatic escape from death high in the Himalayas changes forever their relationship and subsequent lives back home.
Rights to Korea (Woongjin)
“Groner shines a unique light on a remote, exotic land in his self-confident and culturally rigorous debut novel... A fast-paced but emotionally resonant story about the bonds that hold fast when we’re far from home.” – Kirkus Reviews
"What makes this book a page-turner, if a dark one, is the way it vividly evokes the words that pass through Peter's mind after he witnesses yet another death: 'despair, despair, despair.'" – The Wall Street Journal
"Exiles is rich with well-observed detail and intelligent empathy...Groner keeps things moving, and thankfully that often means moving beyond reader expectations...He's a brisk, attentive describer of squalor and spiritual bliss - of a whole world, in other words." – The San Francisco Weekly
HEARTBREAK TOWN by Marsha Moyer
Three Rivers Press/Crown/Random House, June 2007, trade paperback original.
Now in its third printing.
In the third book of the Lucy Hatch series, Lucy has left her alcoholic country-singer husband and settled back into her old life in her hometown of Moony, Texas. When he returns from rehab, she has to decide: does she want to give him -- and their marriage -- a second chance?
"Moyer paints a vivid picture of small-town life with a Texas spin and colorful characters, making the reader feel invested in the story as she roots for a happy outcome for the very likable main characters." -- Booklist
RETURN OF THE STARDUST COWGIRL
Three Rivers Press/Crown/Random House, February 2008, trade paperback original
THE SECOND COMING OF LUCY HATCH
Morrow/HarperCollins, 2002, hardcover; Avon, 2003, paperback
THE LAST OF THE HONKY TONK ANGELS
Morrow/HarperCollins, 2003, hardcover; Avon, 2004, paperback.
Foreign Editions: Australia and Japan
THE SOUND OF BUILDING COFFINS by Louis Maistros
The Toby Press, February 2009, hardcover
A dark, beautifully written tale, shot through with flashes of magic realism, about New Orleans at the birth of the jazz age. Whores, gamblers, voodoo queens, gravediggers and Buddy Bolden, whose cornet launched the new music, are among the large and lovingly created cast.
"INDIE NEXT" pick (April 2009)
"The plot is complex and magical, grounded in the history of the city, without being overly sentimental....Highly recommended for all fiction collections, especially where there is an interest in jazz." -- Library Journal
THE FOUR SEASONS by Laurel Corona
Voice/Hyperion, Fall 2008, trade paperback
Corona’s vivid, deeply touching and beautifully researched novel imagines a pair of foundling sisters who become Vivaldi’s protoges. It tells of their struggles and ambitions in the lusty, vividly colored Venice at a momentous time in the history of music.
Book of the Year, San Diego Book and Writing Awards, 2009
Portuguese rights (Portugal) to Esfera dos Livros, Portuguese (Brazil) to Ed. Luciana, German to Weltbilt, Turkish to Alfa/Artemis, Spanish to El Ateneo, French to Pygmalion/Flamarion, Bulgarian to Uniscorp, Hungarian to Geopen, Croatian to Lievak Naklada.
CALL ME WHEN YOU LAND by Michael Schiavone
The Permanent Press, September 1, 2011, hardcover
Katie, the protagonist of this observant, beautifully written family drama, has a number of problems: her rebellious teenage son C.J., his father, who has just died and left him a highly dubious bequest, her own rampant alcoholism, a lover and a sister both of whom she hardly knows. Out of her unpromising life debut novelist Schiavone extracts humor, compassion, courage and a deeply human determination to survive.
"The powerful examination of addiction and the toll it takes on a family is beautifully written, with characters who are as real as the next-door neighbors."
-- Library Journal, 9/1/11 (starred review)
PLAY FOR ME by Celine Keating
She Writes, May 2015, trade paperback original
Lily Moore is a happily married videographer in New York City, but when she sees her only son off to college, her life feels strangely empty without him. Into the vacuum he leaves behind rushes a sudden infatuation with a jazz guitarist who is partnered with a neurotically unstable singer. Lily finds herself swept into a bizarre world of sex, rivalries and one-night stands -- until she is faced with the loss of everything she has held dear. Keating's wry, clear-eyed novel is the essence of a literate, literary love story.
SUNFLOWERS by Sheramy Bundrick
Avon/HarperCollins, trade paperback original, October 2009
Everyone knows Van Gogh cut off his ear, some know he gave it to an Arles prostitute. But who was she? In this tender, beautifully researched debut novel, art historian Bundrick creates a moving and believable love affair between the tormented painter and Rachel Courteau, in which she desperately tries, and fails, to save him from his demons. Foreign and dramatic rights controlled by BBA.
Rights to Brazil (Editora Pruma), Israel (Miskal), Poland (Swiat Ksziazki), Serbia (Stylos), Spain (Viceversa), Russia (EXMO).
"In a knockout debut novel, art historian Bundrick (Music and Image in Classical Athens) brings Vincent Van Gogh's paintings and personal story to vibrant life. ...an impressive volume of suspense, delight, and heartbreak.
-Publishers Weekly, 8/17/09 (starred review)
Already in its fifth printing
DECEPTION by James R. Benn
Soho Press, forthcoming
The 13th title in the series of Billy Boyle WWII mysteries, featuring a pair of murders at a Normandy manor that houses a most unusual--but real--military unit--a team of artists whose task is to simulate Allied forces (with dummy tanks, ersatz radio messages, vehicle sound effects) so as to deceive the German army that it is facing powerful forces.
BILLY BOYLE WORLD WAR II MYSTERY SERIES by James R. Benn
The year is 1941, and Billy Boyle, the youngest member of the Boyle clan in the Boston Police Department, has just been promoted to detective when World War II breaks out. His family’s political connections secure Billy a commission and post with a distant relative of Mrs. Boyle’s, a general serving with the War Plans Department in Washington D.C. where Billy is to safely sit out the war. Unfortunately for the Boyles, that unknown general is Dwight David Eisenhower. The series begins when he appoints Billy to be his unofficial personal investigator in the European Theatre of War.
Audio editions available from Audible
BILLY BOYLE: A WORLD WAR II MYSTERY
Soho Press, September 2006, hardcover; paperback, September 2007
In this first book of the series, Billy investigates the murder of a Free Norwegian official during the lead-up to the invasion of Nazi-held Norway.
BILLY BOYLE has been selected for Bookspan's Military History, American Compass and Mystery Book Clubs. It was named by Kirkus one of the top thirty books for fall 2006, and is also a Book Sense Choice, an Ingram Premier Pick and an IMBA bestseller.
THE FIRST WAVE
Soho Press, September 2007, hardcover; September, 2008, paperback
For his second outing, Billy Boyle becomes involved with wartime drug smugglers during the efforts to keep French North Africa out of Vichy control.
Starred review in Library Journal
Selected as a Book Sense Notable Book for September 2007
"Even amid the excitement of the spirited wartime storytelling, Benn allows Boyle’s experiences to change him in ways both subtle and dramatic." -- Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review
"High-spirited... gripping... [a] lively story" -- Publisher's Weekly
Soho Press, September 2008, hardcover; paperback, September 2009
In the third book of the series, Billy Boyle tries to get the Sicilian Mafia to support the Allied invasion, and uncovers a huge counterfeiting scheme
An "Indie Next" pick (October 2008)
"Characterization and atmosphere carry Benn's third WWII mystery, a convincing blend of fact and fiction...The hero's gradual rediscovery of his memories lets him question what kind of person he is, in particular whether he's more than a brutal killer. Benn also does a fine job of depicting a dusty, poverty-stricken Sicily, where warm loyalty is the reverse side of pitiless vendetta." -- Publisher's Weekly
EVIL FOR EVIL
Soho Press, September 2009, hardcover; paperback, September 2010
The fourth book of the series is set in Ireland, a hotbed of espionage and plotting against the British war effort.
"A twisting, turning plot...gripping...Benn offers no easy answers in this rich mix of Irish history and wartime intrigue."
RAG AND BONE
Soho Press, September 2010, hardcover; paperback, September 2011
The fifth entry in the series shows Billy investigating the background to the wartime Soviet massacre of Polish officers in the Katyn Forest.
Starred review in Publisher's Weekly
"…the novel’s scenes of London under siege are stark and poignant."—The New York Times Book Review
A MORTAL TERROR
Soho Press, September 2011 hardcover; paperback September 2012
In the sixth entry in the series, Billy pursues a military murderer at work during the Italian Anzio campaign.
Starred review in Library Journal
"History unfolds at ground level all around Boyle... in a fast-paced saga set in a period when the fate of civilization hangs in the balance."
-Wall Street Journal, 9/3/11
Soho Press, 2012, hardcover
Book seven in the series sees Billy at work in the Vatican, finding churchly elements backing both sides in the war.
"Benn's nuanced portrayal of Vatican politics will keep readers turning the pages." -- Publisher's Weekly, 7/16/12
A BLIND GODDESS
Soho Press, 2013, hardcover
The eighth book in the series centers on the tense relations between black and white U.S. GIs in wartime Britain.
Nominated for the 2015 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
"The superior plot and thoughtful presentation of institutional racism directed against American soldiers about to risk their lives for their country make this one of Benn’s best." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review, 7/22/13
"Benn’s thoroughly researched exploration of segregation in the wartime armed services is revealing and sensitively handled. Another nice mix of human drama and WWII history." – Booklist
DEATH OF A BIGOT
Soho Press, 2014, hardcover
In the ninth novel of the series, Billy becomes involved in the lead-up to the D-Day invasion and the death of an officer with inside knowledge of its timing.
THE WHITE GHOST
Soho Press, September 2015, hardcover
In the tenth installment of the series, Billy journeys to the Pacific Theater for the first time, looking into a murder that may indirectly involve naval officer JFK.
"Billy's 10th case (The Rest Is Silence, 2014, etc.) features a delicious premise, a full-bodied portrait of young JFK, and a beautifully textured look at military life in World War II." --Kirkus Review, 8/25/15
"Billy Boyle gets better and better. This is a must-read series."--Lee Child
Also by James Benn:
ON DESPERATE GROUND
E-Reads, 2012, electronic and print-on-demand
On Desperate Ground is a thriller in the tradition of Jack Higgins. Allied agents race to stop a desperate Nazi plan to stave off defeat in the last days of the war by bringing the American and Russians forces into open conflict. Can they be stopped, or is this the start of World War III?
E-Reads, 2012, electronic and print-on-demand
Secrets trail an American soldier from his Depression upbringing to the cold winter battles in the Ardennes Forest in the last months of World War II and through the post-war decades, as he struggles to keep his family from being torn apart while keeping a dark secret buried.
MANGROVE BAYOU by Stephen Morrill
Untreed Reads, May 2015, electronic and paperback
When multi-racial former cop Troy Adam becomes the new police chief of this small Florida coastal community, he revolutionizes its department and begins to solve a colorful collection of crimes and local problems.A police procedural series that is thoughtful, often thrilling and sometimes funny.
DEATH AMONG THE MANGROVES by Stephen Morrill
Untreed Reads, forthcoming 2017, electronic and paperback
Titles by Gwen Florio
Midnight Ink, forthcoming 2016
In the third installment of Florio's series starring journalist Lola Wicks, Lola is involved in a story that hits close to her past. One soldier returning from Afghanistan commits suicide, two others get involved in a brawl, and a woman is terrorized. Lola, now caring for her child, must sort out what happened on the far side of the world that the troops have brought so disastrously home.
UNTITLED BOOK IV
Midnight Ink, forthcoming
UNTITLED BOOK V
Midnight Ink, forthcoming
The Permanent Press, November 2013, hardcover
This roller coaster of a mystery features Lola Wicks, a tough war correspondent just back from reporting on the conflict in Afghanistan. When she visits an old reporter colleague who has been pursuing a story in rural Montana, she finds out that her friend has been shot. Soon she discovers that things at home can be just as treacherous as the distant war as she encounters a range of shady characters and a conspiracy involving politics, drug-running, and murder. Swiftly paced, often funny, and evocative of the state's spectacular spaces, the book pleasurably recalls the work of Nevada Barr and Laura Lippmann. The author, Gwen Florio, is a journalist who has been nominated three times for the Pulitzer Prize for her investigative reporting. She has published stories in a number of literary journals; this is her first novel, and the beginning of a series.
Italian rights to Rizzoli
German rights to Random House Germany
"Journalist Florio’s outstanding first novel introduces foreign correspondent Lola Wicks... Believable action complements razor-sharp observations of people and scenery." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review, 8/5/13
"The author does a great job of writing a book that’s both evocative of the Montana countryside and a satisfying, hair-raising ride. A promising debut." -- Kirkus, 8/1/13
"Breathless pacing, strong characterizations, and a nuanced plot blend into an unforgettable read. With its strong sense of place and an intriguing ethnic character mix, consider for fans of Lori Armstrong, C.J. Box, and Wayne Arthurson. Florio is a veteran journalist, so she knows her stuff." -- Library Journal, starred review, 10/1/13
"The sparsely populated Big Sky setting will be one of the major sources of appeal for readers of this gripping debut mystery." -- Booklist, 10/1/13
Winner of the 2014 Pinckley Prize for Crime Fiction. Finalist for an International Thriller Award, Silver Falchion Award, a High Plains Book Award, and a Shamus Award.
The Permanent Press, forthcoming March 2014, hardcover
Former foreign correspondent Lola Wicks is getting a little bored in Magpie, Montana, where she landed at a small local newspaper after being downsized from her job in Kabul. Then Judith Calf Looking, a local Blackfeet girl missing for several months, turns up dead in a snowbank with a mysterious brand on her forearm. The sheriff - whose romantic relationship with Lola provides Magpie with its most delicious gossip in years - thinks Judith probably froze to death while hitch-hiking back to the reservation. But Lola hears rumors that Judith had been working as an exotic dancer in the North Dakota oil fields, and further discovers that several Blackfeet girls, all known drug users, have gone missing over the past year. She heads out to the oil patch to check things out, only to find herself in a place where men outnumber women a hundred to one, the law looks the other way, and life - especially her own - is cheap. Dakota shows the frightening underside of a boom-and-bust economy; of the effect on a small town when big-city money washes in, accompanied by hordes of men far from their families; of what happens when the old rules no longer apply, but the new ones are yet to be determined.
German rights to Random House Germany
"The writing is top-notch, and the action builds at just the right pace. In Florio's capable hands, Lola Wicks is going to be around for a long, long time." -- Kirkus, 1/15/14
Titles by Michael Atkinson:
Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2010, hardcover
It is Madrid in 1936 in this sequel to Atkinson’s “Hemingway Deadlights,” and the celebrated author is there covering the Spanish Civil War, drinking and whoring-—not necessarily in that order. When word comes that an old friend from the States has been found executed, Hemingway’s buddy John Dos Passos insists that they look into it.
Spanish rights to La Factoria de Ideas.
Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, August 2009, hardcover
The time is 1955 and Hemingway is living in Key West in a blur of liquor, hangers-on and regrets. Then one of his drinking buddies is found slain, a whaling harpoon through him on the docks. The police’s lack of interest in the case, and the weird quality of the interest shown in it by some unsavory others, piques Hemingway, and soon the old lion is roused to find out for himself what happened. It becomes a saga of drug-smuggling and mayhem that eventually leads back to Cuba and Fidel and Che Guevara as they prepare for their revolution.
Brazilian rights to Globo.
Titles by Janet Majerus:
GRANDPA AND FRANK
Untreed Reads, 2013, e-book
In this rollicking young adult novel, a twelve-year-old girl and her best friend kidnap her beloved grandfather and set off on a wildly hazardous odyssey from rural Illinois to Chicago. There, they hope to find a doctor who will certify that Grandpa is of sound mind, in order to keep her evil uncle Frank from sending him to the County Home. HOME TO STAY, a CBS movie based on GRANDPA AND FRANK, 1978. Starring Henry Fonda.
THICKER THAN WATER
Five Star, June 2010, hardcover; Untreed Reads, 2012, e-book
Jessie Schroeder, a children’s author returned to her small Midwestern hometown of Riverport, finds murder on her doorstep. A large bequest in an eccentric family, a fatal case of arson, a strange auto accident and a sinister priest – these are just a few of the threads that she’s forced to unravel as she attempts to crack the case. Add to this her own oddball family and her ongoing affair with the police chief, and Majerus, author of “The Best Laid Plans,” has created another sprightly, engaging mystery.
THE BEST LAID PLANS
Five Star, 2006, hardcover; Untreed Reads, 2013, e-book
A crackling plot, an assortment of brilliantly observed small-town characters, and a particulary ingratiating heroine, make the author of this cozy mystery a real find.
Now in its second printing.
THE AYES HAVE IT
Untreed Reads, 2013, e-book
Continuing the story of Jessie Schroeder in a third title, murder mystery-solving children's book author, this cozy follows her adventures when a mysterious drifter begins protesting controversial books outside of the library -- and winds up dead.
Titles by A.J. Zerries:
STEALING FROM THE DEAD
Tor/Forge, August 2012 hardcover; Tor/Forge, August 2013 paperback
A female NYPD detective, nearing retirement, looks into the death of a solitary, elderly Holocaust survivor in her New York apartment. Soon she finds herself very unofficially unraveling a scheme that involves a $12 billion Swiss bank settlement, the Joint Terrorism Task Force and an assortment of shadowy and dangerous characters. The talented husband-and-wife team of Al and Jean Zerries had a big hit for Tor with their debut, THE LOST VAN GOGH, and this tensely plotted thriller promises to pack a comparable punch.
THE LOST VAN GOGH
Tor/Forge, Summer 2006, hardcover; Tor/Forge, April 2007, paperback, 100,000 printing. Now in its 4th printing.
Greek rights to Levani, Japanese rights to Random House/Kodansha, Romanian rights to RAO International, Brazilian rights to Editora Landscape.