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G. P. Putnam’s Sons has acquired North American publication rights to Maestra, a new psychological thriller by British author L. S. Hilton, the first book in a trilogy.  This deal announcement was covered on Tuesday night by Alexandra Alter in The New York Times’ Arts Beat blog, which also noted that Columbia Pictures has optioned the novel for Amy Pascal to produce through her new company, Pascal Pictures. Maestra features a feisty, morally complex and sharp heroine named Judith Rashleigh, an assistant at a London art auction house who is fired after she discovers a forged painting. She suspects a conspiracy, fears for her life and flees to the French Riviera.  Putnam Senior Editor Tara Singh Carlson describes Judith as “sexy, smart and very, very bad in all the best ways.” Maestra will be published by Putman in Spring 2016.
John Sandford is celebrating the silver anniversary of his #1 New York Times-bestselling Prey series starring Lucas Davenport with Gathering Prey, which Putnam published on Tuesday (4/28). Sandford launched his 25th Prey novel at Poisoned Pen, where owner and good friend Barbara Peters marked the anniversary with a special cake (and a huge amount of book sales!). Sandford will end his short tour in Minneapolis with events at Once Upon a Crime and Barnes & Noble.  In Gathering Prey, we meet the Travelers. O They move from city to city, panhandling, committing no crimes—they just like to stay on the move. And now  somebody is killing them. Lucas Davenport’s adopted daughter, Letty, is home from college when she gets a phone call from a woman Traveler she’d befriended in San Francisco. The woman thinks somebody’s killing her friends, she’s afraid she knows who it is, and now her male companion has gone missing. She’s hiding out in North Dakota, and she doesn’t know what to do. Letty tells Lucas she’s going to get her, and, though he suspects Letty’s getting played, he volunteers to go with her. When he hears the woman’s story, though, he begins to think there’s something in it. Little does he know. In the days to come, he will embark upon an odyssey through a subculture unlike any he has ever seen, a trip that will not only put the two of them in danger—but just may change the course of his life.

USA Today revealed the new look and title for Sue Grafton’s X, including an exclusive excerpt and interview with Sue.

“Sue Grafton is breaking the mold with the title of the next book in her best-selling Alphabet mystery series starring private investigator Kinsey Millhone. It’s just plain X.

Fans have fun guessing which alphabetical word Grafton will come up with for each new book title. The series, set in fictional Santa Teresa, Calif., started in 1982 with ‘A’ is for Alibi… But not this time.

‘I first thought of using ‘X is for Xenophobe‘ or Xenophobia, which suggests a fear of foreigners, but alas, not one single foreigner materialized in the course of the writing,” Grafton says. “There’s a box of files with an X on the lid, a Father Xavier, a married couple whose last name is Xanakis, and a missing painting of a xebec which is a three-masted sailing vessel, but none of these seemed to encompass the whole. Finally, it occurred to me that since I was the one who invented this ‘rule’ about ‘…is for…’ I was surely entitled to break it.’”

Publishing powerhouse Nora Roberts’ newest novel The Liar (G.P Putnam’s Sons) is the #1 book in the country according to The New York Times and USA Today, debuting at the top of both bestseller lists.  The Liar is the 214th novel from “America’s favorite writer” (The New Yorker).  Roberts was recently featured in The New York Times Book Review’s “By the Book” column surrounding the 40th book in her In Death series, which she’s been writing for 20 years under the pseudonym J.D. Robb.
Putnam author Philip Kerr discussed his acclaimed new Bernie Gunther mystery The Lady From Zagreb at his launch event at Mysterious Books in New York City on Tuesday (4/7).  Kerr spoke to a room packed with fans while surrounded by a display of the new novel. He then appeared on The Leonard Lopate Show on WNYC on Thursday (4/9) for a live conversation about the book’s historical basis.  After New York, Kerr rolls on to Philadelphia, Boston, Washington D.C., Houston, Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago, Scottsdale and Phoenix, before returning to London.
With Endangered, his 15th bestselling Joe Pickett mystery, Putnam author C.J. Box achieved a career-best New York Times bestseller landing – debuting at #2 on the combined print & eBook bestseller list, for the week of March 29th, also entering at #3 on the hardcover fiction and eBook fiction lists. 

NeilNyrenCJBoxcropMarch15Even before this great bestseller news arrived, Box and his editor Neil Nyren, Putnam EVP, Associate Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, resplendent in cowboy hats, were in a celebratory mood. Joined by Penguin Publishing Group President Madeline McIntosh, Putnam and Dutton President Ivan Held, Penguin Publishing Group SVP and Hardcover Sales Director John Lawton, and many others on the Putnam and PPG teams, everyone raised a glass to him at a special reception at 375 Hudson Street.  That same night, Box and fellow Putnam author Owen Laukkanen entertained a good crowd at Mysterious Bookshop in NYC.   The C.J. Box road show then moved on to Philadelphia, with his national author tour continuing on to Minneapolis, Lexington and Ft. Lauderdale, and wrapping up with events in the Wyoming towns of Casper and Sheridan.

The popularity of Clive Cussler’s bestselling Isaac Bell series continues to grow. The two newest books, written with Justin Scott, both debut on The New York Times bestseller lists this week.  The Assassin (Putnam) hits at #3 on the eBook fiction list and grabs the #5 slot on the hardcover fiction list while The Bootlegger (Berkley) bows at #7 on the mass-market fiction list.
Deadline.com reported on Monday that The Weinstein Company announced a $12 million deal for the movie adaptation of A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley, which G. P. Putnam’s Sons is publishing next month.  The deal was confirmed at the Cannes Film Festival this week, following a rights battle between The Weinstein Company and Fox Searchlight.  Lion, the working movie title, will be directed by Garth Davis (Top of the Lake), and produced by Academy Award winning producers Ian Canning and Emile Sherman (The King’s Speech). A Long Way Home tells the story of Saroo Brierley, who was separated from his brother at a railway station in India at age 5.  They were scavenging for food when he got lost, and Saroo boarded a train that took him far from home and he wound up on the streets of Calcutta.  After a harrowing survival, he was rescued and adopted by a family in Australia.  26 years later, he used Google Maps to track familiar locations in India and found his way home to reunite with his birth mother.
G.P. Putnam’s Sons announced the acquisition of world (except UK) rights to two books in a new series by Jonathan Kellerman, the master of psychological suspense and author of over three dozen New York Times bestsellers,  with his son and current bestselling Putnam author Jesse Kellerman. An extraordinary new creation of psychological suspense, The Golem of Hollywood will be published by Putnam on September 16, with its sequel,  The Golem of Paris, to be published in Fall 2015.  This acquisition was first reported by the Associated Press and has since been covered by over 70 media outlets, including ABC News, Yahoo! News, the Huffington Post, the Washington PostBloomberg Businessweek, Salon.com, and regional press across the country. An early reader of The Golem of Hollywood was Stephen King, who calls the book “an extraordinary work of detection, suspense, and supernatural mystery.  I spent three days totally lost in the world Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman have created. This is brilliant, page-turning fiction with mythic underpinnings that give it a special resonance; a rare collaboration where the sum is truly greater than the parts.” A burnt-out Los Angeles homicide detective; a woman of mystery who is far more than she seems; an ancient monster bent on a mission of retribution. When these three come together, a new standard of suspense is born. Only Jonathan Kellerman could have imagined something as spectacular – a crime story, a police story, a love story, and a horror story – and only he and son and fellow bestselling novelist Jesse Kellerman could have realized it so brilliantly.
Last week, Jeff Guinn kicked off an 11-city tour to promote his new book, Glorious: A Novel of the American West.  The Seattle Times says it’s “catnip for ‘Lonesome Dove’ fans,” and the Dallas Morning News calls the book “…an absorbing, informative and entertaining tale of life, love, hope, and ambition in the American West.” Media coverage also includes feature interviews in Kirkus and the Fort Worth Star Telegram, and forthcoming reviews in USA TodayThe Washington Post, Big Sky Journal, and True West Magazine. Read an excerpt from Glorious: A Novel of the American West