Pan Macmillan acquire three new Roy Grace titles from bestselling author Peter James

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© James Clarke

Crime enthusiasts and Peter James fans can look forward to more deadly cases and dangerous investigations as Pan Macmillan acquire rights for three further titles in the internationally bestselling Detective Superintendent Roy Grace Series. Associate Publisher Wayne Brookes concluded a seven-figure deal with Isobel Dixon at Blake Friedmann for World English Rights, with the first publishing in May 2020. The fourteenth book in the Brighton-based crime series, DEAD IF YOU DON’T, will publish on 17th May this year with his thrilling new standalone ABSOLUTE PROOF hitting shelves in October.

Peter James says: ‘I find it hard to believe that fifteen years have passed since David North and Geoff Duffield first spoke to my then agent, the late Carole Blake, asking her if I would ever consider writing a crime novel - and I am now starting the fifteenth!  It is an immense thrill to be signing this deal for three further Roy Grace novels.  Pan Macmillan is a terrific publishing house to be with, wonderfully professional, totally joined-up, and always, very crucially, huge fun!  I love the challenges of keeping Roy Grace fresh and topical and know that I am very lucky to have so many great readers around the world, and such a wonderful publisher.’

Wayne Brookes says: ‘I cannot imagine a year without having Peter James and Team Roy Grace in my life. I have worked with Peter for eight years I could not be happier that our relationship is set to continue. Peter is a dream author and 2018 is set to be his biggest year yet. Not only do we have our 14th Roy Grace DEAD IF YOU DON'T hitting the shelves in May, but we also have Peter's biggest standalone novel to date, ABSOLUTE PROOF coming out in October. DEAD IF YOU DON'T also heralds the beginning of a whole new re-package for the Roy Grace backlist.'

Anthony Forbes Watson says: "Peter has created an extraordinarily textured and rich world around Roy Grace and the underside of Brighton, which resonates ever more deeply with every book he writes in this magnificent series.  I'm thrilled to be able to look forward to three more - and long may this story continue!"

Jeremy Trevathan says: ‘I’m delighted to be continuing this terrific partnership between a wonderfully creative author and a proud publisher. The development of Peter James and the Roy Grace novels is something we cherish hugely at Pan Mac and I can’t wait for us the reveal the next stage in the Peter James story’.

Isobel Dixon says: ‘I vividly remember Carole sharing the stunning plot set-up for DEAD SIMPLE, the first Roy Grace title, and how we did deal after international deal thereafter. From that gasp-out-loud moment, Peter has never ceased to surprise and entertain, and Macmillan have been brilliant in their strategy and support. It’s a great pleasure to close this deal for a trio of new Roy Grace titles for Peter: I know we have a thrilling time ahead with Wayne Brookes and the team, with our shared ambition for this exceptional series.’

DEAD IF YOU DON’T, Peter’s new Roy Grace is published in May by Macmillan with rights in the series sold in dozens of international markets. Peter’s next standalone thriller, ABSOLUTE PROOF, has also been snapped up by international publishers and is released by Macmillan in the UK in October.

Peter James is one of the UK’s most treasured crime and thriller novelists. He has won numerous awards for his gripping crime novels, including the coveted 2016 CWA Diamond Dagger for sustained excellence, and an Honorary Platinum Award at the Specsavers Bestseller Awards, powered by Nielsen Book.  He was publicly voted by WH Smith – Britain's biggest book selling chain – The Best Crime Author of All Time. The Roy Grace detective novels have sold over 19 million copies worldwide and are now published in 37 territories. The best-selling detective series has dominated the charts, with 12 consecutive Sunday Times No.1s.  His last Roy Grace NEED YOU DEAD went straight in at No. 1 in the paperback bestseller charts in October 2017 and stayed in the top 10 for nine weeks.

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Praise for Peter James:

‘As with all Peter James novels, it is not just an individual cop or storyline that impresses but the excellence of the ensemble’ — The Times

‘Peter James is one of the best crime writers in the business’ — Lee Child

‘Peter James is one of the most fiendishly clever crime fiction plotters.’ — The Daily Mail

‘Fast-paced and gripping...’ — Jessica Hamzelou, New Scientist

TONY PARK’S THRILLER THE CULL OUT IN SOUTH AFRICA AND AUSTRALIA — & PUBLISHED IN THE UK TOMORROW.

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Tony Park’s THE CULL is already thrilling readers in Australia and South Africa, where Pan Macmillan publish, and Pan Macmillan UK will publish the ebook for British readers tomorrow, 19 October 2017, with a print edition following on 22 March 2018. As Publisher’s Weekly says ‘Park excels at capturing the wilds of the continent, as well as its political and commercial pressures’ and THE CULL encapsulates all this in another pacy thriller that taps into urgent contemporary issues – this time the deadly battle against the poaching of endangered wildlife.

Crime Review has described Tony Park’s writing as ‘riveting’, saying that ‘Park is now required reading’ and the Australian Daily Telegraph (Australia) recently gave THE CULL a Starred Review, describing it as ‘a fascinating insight into a life-and-death struggle — for humans as well as animals.’ Tony also appeared on South African news channel SABC2 this week to talk about the book, its issues, and the inspirational people tackling real-life poaching in Africa.

In THE CULL by Tony Park, former mercenary Sonja Kurtz returns, hired by business tycoon Julianne Clyde-Smith to head an elite squad whose aim is to take down Africa's top poaching kingpins.But as the body count rises, it becomes harder for Sonja to stay under the radar as she is targeted by an underworld syndicate known as The Scorpions. When her love interest, safari guide and private investigator Hudson Brand, is employed to look into the death of an alleged poacher at the hands of Sonja's team, she is forced to ask herself if Julianne's crusade has gone too far.

From South Africa's Kruger National Park to the Serengeti of Tanzania, Sonja realises she is fighting a war on numerous fronts, against enemies known and unknown.

Tony Park grew up in Australia and fell in love with South Africa on a short trip in 1995: he and his wife now divide their time between two homes, one in Sydney and another in South Africa on the border of the Kruger National Park. Author of 14 bestselling thrillers and several non-fiction titles, he has worked as a newspaper reporter in Australia and England, a government press secretary, a public relations consultant, and a freelance writer. He is also a major in the Australian Army Reserve and served six months in Afghanistan in 2002. His work has been sold in translation in seven countries. His fifteenth novel CAPTIVE will be published in 2018.

You can find out more about Tony Park on his website and his Facebook page and you can follow him on Twitter (especially if you want to see some marvellous images of African wildlife) on @tonyparkauthor.

PRAISE FOR THE CULL:

‘A stunning and realistic testament to the locale in which it is set… a nail-biting, on-the edge-of-your-seat thrill ride which fans new and established will no doubt be pleased with. An awe-inspiring read.’ – Mrs. B’s Book Reviews

‘THE CULL provides a fascinating insight into a life-and-death struggle — for humans as well as animals.’ — Bruce McDougall, Daily Telegraph (Australia)

 

MORE PRAISE FOR THE AUTHOR:

'Tony Park is one of Australia's best thriller writers and his African-based novels are consistently entertaining and thought-provoking.' -- Canberra Times

'Park's heroes are tough, blokey types – soldiers and coppers - and his heroines sassy and smart, but Africa always steals the show…a great way to spend a winter evening, transported to somewhere warm and exotic.' -- Georgia Gowing, The Independent Weekly

'He just gets better and better. His descriptions of the southern African bush and mountain jungles are so vivid you can just about feel the sun on your skin and smell the dust and animals.' -- Frank Walker, Sun Herald

'If you like action adventures, with a spy theme, some education – either travel or technological - and a little romance, then this guy's for real… What puts this into the top echelon of the genre is that the people, even the heroes, are fallible human beings.' -- June Joyce, Waikato Times

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What makes a killer? NEED YOU DEAD, 13th in Roy Grace series, published today!

After a brilliant Brighton launch party, NEED YOU DEAD, the 13th book in Peter James’ no. 1 bestselling Roy Grace series, is published in hardback by Pan Macmillan in the UK and Canada today. It is also published in audio, and will be out in the US on 6 June and in Australia on 20 May.

Lorna Belling, desperate to escape the marriage from hell, falls for the charms of another man who promises her the earth. But, as Lorna finds, life seldom follows the plans you’ve made. A chance photograph on a client’s mobile phone changes everything for her.

When the body of a woman is found in a bath in Brighton, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is called to the scene. At first it looks an open-and-shut case with a clear prime suspect. Then other scenarios begin to present themselves, each of them tantalizingly plausible, until, in a sudden turn of events, and to his utter disbelief, the case turns more sinister than Grace could ever have imagined.

Last week the blog tour kicked off with a phenomenal start with Kim the Bookworm writing ‘Thoroughly entertaining and brilliantly written, I can definitely see why this series is so flipping successful.’ and Material Witness stating: ‘It’s classic Grace and classic Peter James, another lively chapter in a series that has maintained a high pace, high readability and high quality since the start.’

NEED YOU DEAD is already receiving stunning reviews, with Shotsmag saying ‘In Roy Grace, we have a character with enough clout to carry along almost any plot… Peter James parades an assortment of suspects in front of you, each with a compelling case as to why it could be them, making for a real page-turner.’

Further confirming Peter’s crime fiction credentials, Detective Investigator Pat Lanigan, Office of the District Attorney, NYPD said: “In my thirty four years of policing, never have I come across a writer who so accurately depicts ‘The Job’.”

It has been a brilliant year for Peter, with the 12th Roy Grace novel LOVE YOU DEAD spending 5 weeks at the top of the bestseller chart upon publication last October. He was also awarded the Crime Writers’ Association Diamond Dagger award, one of the most prestigious awards in crime writing.

NEED YOU DEAD has sold in Germany, Russia and Finland and the Roy Grace series has been translated into 37 languages, with 18 million copies of Peter James’ books sold worldwide.

See much, much more on Peter’s website.

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Praise for Roy Grace:

‘James’s superior 13th novel … This skilful twister shows why James was awarded the 2016 CWA Diamond Dagger.’ — Publishers Weekly Starred Review

‘Sinister and riveting… Peter James is one of the best British crime writers, and therefore one of the best in the world.’ – Lee Child

‘Peter James is one of the best crime writers in the business’ – Karin Slaughter

‘Probably the closest we’ll get to a British Stephen King’ – The Financial Times

‘Peter James is one of the most fiendishly clever crime fiction plotters’ – The Daily Mail

RED EARTH by Tony Park published in Australia

Fans of bestselling thriller writer Tony Park can now enjoy his thirteenth novel, a breakneck chase adventure, featuring an assassination, a stolen baby and a race to the death. Pan Macmillan Australia published RED EARTH on 27 September, with publication by Macmillan South Africa due soon. Macmillan UK publish in ebook in the UK on 20 October with the print edition out in 2017. RED EARTH is also available in audiobook from Bolinda Publishing.

Durban, South Africa, a car is hijacked. Suzanne Fessey fights back and kills one thief but the other, wounded, escapes with her baby on board.In pursuit of the missing vehicle and baby are helicopter tracker pilot Nia Carras from the air, and Mike Dunn, a nearby wildlife researcher, from the ground.

But South Africa's police have bigger problems: a bomb has gone off in Durban, killing the visiting American Ambassador, and chaos has descended on Kwa-Zulu Natal.As the missing baby is tracked through the wild game reserves from Zululand to Zimbabwe, Mike and Nia come to realise that the war on terror has invaded their part of the world.

Tony Park's twelfth novel AN EMPTY COAST is newly available for UK fans, published with Pan Macmillan last month.

Tony’s writing has been published in ten countries around the world including the UK, South Africa, Australia, Italy, Latvia, Holland, the Czech Republic, Russia, Germany and Hungary.

Praise for Tony Park

‘Tony Park is one of Australia’s best thriller writers and his African-based novels are consistently entertaining and thought-provoking.’ – Canberra Times

‘In his novels you can smell Africa… Tony Park's insightful descriptions make you feel you are there… Another page turner from Tony Park whose love affair with Africa seduces us all.' – Susan DeLong, Mudgee Guardian & Gulgong Advertiser

‘For lovers of great African adventure... Tony Park has become required reading.’—The Daily Telegraph

‘An author who is starting to challenge the veteran Wilbur Smith for the title of ‘master of the African thriller’... Break-neck in pace, with narrow escapes from death on every page.’ – Geoffrey Wansell, Daily Mail

About Tony Park

Tony Park grew up in Australia and fell in love with South Africa on a short trip in 1995: he and his wife now divide their time between two homes, one in Sydney and another in South Africa on the border of the Kruger National Park. Author of many bestselling thrillers, he has worked as a newspaper reporter in Australia and England, a government press secretary, a public relations consultant, and a freelance writer. He is also a major in the Australian Army Reserve and served six months in Afghanistan in 2002.

Read more about Tony on the Blake Friedmann website or Tony’s own website.

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