Friday, 17 February 2017

Norstedts Reveal Swedish Title of Millennium Book V by David Lagercrantz

Swedish publishers Norstedts today revealed their title and cover for the fifth instalment in the Millennium series created by Stieg Larsson. Mannen Som Sökte Sin Sugga or The Man Who Hunted/Chased His Shadow is written by David Lagercrantz who also penned book four, The Girl in the Spider’s Web. Norstedts revealed the information on David Lagercrantz’s new Instagram account @davidlagercrantz.
Previous Swedish titles for the series translate as:
Men who Hate Women
The Girl Who Played with Fire
Castles in the Sky
What Doesn’t Kill You

MacLehose Press will reveal the English language title for the novel, which will be published worldwide on 7 September 2017, shortly.

 A short Q&A with David Lagercrantz:

David Lagercrantz, how did the attention around The Girl in the Spider’s Web affect you?
“I couldn’t have imagined what effect the news about an upcoming fourth novel in the Millennium series would have. I thought people would shrug their shoulders and get on with their lives. Instead, Swedish and international media went half crazy and the whole thing just escalated. Sure, I fantasized that the novel would become a success; I am after all a hopeless dreamer. When I find things most difficult, I dream of triumphs, and most often I am disappointed. But this time I was amazed by the response.”

How did you find the motivation to write another book in the series?
“Stieg Larsson created a fantastic universe that I feel continuously inspired by. On holiday with my family an idea struck me, and gave me the same fever that I lived with when I wrote The Girl in the Spider’s Web. It is not so great for my sleep and my neurosis, but it is definitely good for my writing.”

For interview requests and other information, please contact:
Hannah Robinson on or 0203 122 7073
Corinna Zifko on or 0203 122 7066

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Award Winning Novelist Paul Cleave Joins Mulholland UK

So after bumping into Paul Cleave over the years on his visits to Theakston’s Harrogate, we were delighted to receive this news from Kerry Hood of Mulholland UK / Hodder and Stoughton. 

Mulholland Books are delighted to announce the acquisition of TRUST NO ONE and seven Christchurch-set crime novels. Ruth Tross acquired British Commonwealth rights excluding ANZ from Kevin Chapman at Upstart Press.

TRUST NO ONE is about a crime writer with early onset Alzheimer’s, who becomes increasingly uncertain whether the novels he remembers are fictional… particularly when bodies start being found in real life.

Paul Cleave is the three-time winner of the Ngaio Marsh Award, whose novels have been praised by Mark Billingham, SJ Watson, Simon Kernick and many others.

Ruth Tross said, ‘Paul Cleave has one of the darkest, sharpest and wittiest imaginations in crime, and I’m delighted to be publishing the bulk of his work in the UK for the first time. From merciless serial killers to maverick cops to confused and possibly murderous writers, his books will show you an entirely different side of New Zealand.’

Mulholland will publish TRUST NO ONE as a paperback original in July this year, with the other six titles out in autumn in ebook.

You never know what’s coming around the curve.

For more information about Mulholland, please go to or find us on Facebook & Twitter @MulhollandUK

Exclusive sneak peak - THE SIXTH WINDOW by Rachel Abbott - Video

A sneak peek at the trailer for THE SIXTH WINDOW by Rachel Abbott, the UK's no.1 bestselling author on Kindle.
Already scooping up wonderful reviews, THE SIXTH WINDOW - another white-knuckle ride of a thriller with a heart-wrenching moral dilemma at it’s core - looks set to smash straight into the bestseller charts, just as Abbott’s previous novels have done.

In The Sixth Window, a dark, disturbing and addictively intriguing thriller, Abbott once again proves why she is one of the UK’s bestselling thriller writers. Her trademark tense, twisty and complex plot focuses on Natalie Gray and her daughter, Scarlett, who are racing to uncover the shocking truth about the one person they thought they knew best.

Eighteen months after Natalie Gray loses her husband Bernie in a horrific hit and run accident, she finds love with his best friend, Ed Cooper, and moves into his home with her teenage daughter Scarlett. But she begins to suspect Ed has a dark side -- and even darker intentions. Natalie has to get her troubled child to a safer place, but when Scarlett starts to hear voices coming from the empty apartment next door it seems she has unwittingly moved them into the heart of danger.

DCI Tom Douglas is also chasing the truth. As his investigation into the suicide of a teenage girl draws him ever closer to Natalie and Scarlett, will he be too late to protect them from the threat they face, or from the truths that will tear their lives apart?

The Sixth Window is published 21st February. For more information:

Desperation Road - Where to begin by Michael Farris Smith

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You never really know how the next novel is going to begin, but for me and Desperation Road, it began with the simple and hurtful image of a woman and child walking along the side of the road on a scorching Mississippi summer day, with the woman dragging along a garbage bag filled with all they owned.

I don’t know why this is what stuck with me, but as soon as they were in my imagination, I had no choice but the follow them. And that’s just what I did. I don’t do much planning ahead or plotting, preferring instead to go along with my characters from day to day, to see what they may do, to find out how they may surprise me. Following Maben and Annalee became something I couldn’t turn away from and that is usually a good sign that I have come across the right idea.

So their discovery becomes my discovery, and with the hope that the sense of discovery bleeds over to the reader. I knew they were in for a rough go, quite simply because they were already in a tough situation. No money, no one to help, nowhere to go, no answers. I like beginning my novels with the feet already held over the fire. But their desperation is what drives Maben to make the decision she makes, that gets them into an even tougher spot, and so forth and so on. I like it when things are hard on my characters, because once I begin to wonder how I’m going to get them out of a certain situation, I feel like I’m doing my job. If I’m wondering, then the reader is likely doing the same thing.

Maben doesn’t always makes the right decisions. And neither does Russell, who shows up a little later. By the time they cross paths, they both have come to realize that even though you haven’t done the right things in the past, it’s never too late to start trying. No matter how desperate the road had become.

Desperation Road by Michael Farris Smith is published on 23rd February 2017 and is published by No Exit Press.  
For eleven years the clock has been ticking for Russell Gaines as he sat in Parchman penitentiary in the Mississippi Delta. His time now up, and believing his debt paid, he returns home only to discover that revenge lives and breathes all around.  On the day of his release, a woman named Maben and her young daughter trudge along the side of the interstate under the punishing summer sun. Desperate and exhausted, the pair spend their last dollar on a motel room for the night, a night that ends with Maben running through the darkness holding a pistol, and a dead deputy sprawled across the road in the glow of his own headlights. With dawn, destinies collide, and Russell is forced to decide whose life he will save his own or that of the woman and child?

More information about the author can be found on his website.  You can also follow him on Twitter @michael_f_smith and find him on Facebook.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Thomas Enger on The Henning Juul series - my inspiration

A lot of people have asked me: "How did you go about creating Henning Juul as a
character?" "And how is it even possible to know that you are going to write five novels?"

Let me tell you how it all began. In the space of almost 15 years I made four attempts at writing a novel. None of them were published. Number three and four came quite close to making it, but it wasn't to be. So when the idea for this new character (Henning Juul) came to me, I sat down and asked myself: are you good enough to pursue a career as an author? Maybe you should try something different?

So I started thinking about TV. Maybe that format would suit me better. And I wanted to do something that hadn't been done before on television. I wanted the series to say something about our society in a satirical kind of way, and at the same time be as suspenseful as it could possibly be.

So I thought of Henning Juul as the journalistic equivalent to Dexter, you know the one? The crime scene investigator who runs around killing people who he deems unworthy to live? I thought of Henning as a man running around killing people that somehow deserved it, but he needed a motivation. This is where Henning's son comes into play. What if Henning was trying to find his son's killer? What if he justified his actions that way?

I remember writing scenes like Henning walking down the streets of Oslo, and then there would be this guy in the background painting a picture with his penis and people standing by applauding while drinking huge amounts of red wine (yeah, VERY satirical). I wrote a scene where a man was talking to someone on the banks of Akerselva, the river that runs through parts of Oslo, with a lot of dead sea gulls floating by at the same time with no one seeming to care. Old people trying to sell drugs to the police in the open. Taxi drivers offloading their cars after they had only gone about 2000 miles. Things like that.

And I sat down and wrote all these different stories, what kind of people Henning should kill in each episode, and why. And of course, how that all should lead to Henning finding his son's killer. At one point I thought it was going to be 12 episodes. Then I got it down to eight. It even went as far as me meeting with the head of development at NRK - Norway's biggest producer of TV series. The guy told me he loved the idea, and he wanted me to write a pitch that - if it was good enough - could result in me getting some working money.

At that point I was unemployed, and I needed an income quite quickly. And then, all of a sudden, the man I had met in with in NRK decided to quit, and he handed me over to this other guy who was involved in a production somewhere up north in Norway. And he was just impossible to get in touch with.

So there I was, with an idea for a TV series but with no real prospects of getting anywhere with it. So I said to myself: hey, you're really on to something here. This is a good idea. Why don't you go back to your original goal when you started writing? Why don't you see if you can write this universe as a novel series instead?

But because I had made four unsuccessful attempts, I decided to try to figure out what I previously had done wrong. I quickly realised that I had written stories set in cities I had never been to. I had written about people and environments I knew nothing or very little about. And I hadn't mapped anything out before I started writing.

But I had a great plan for Henning Juul. And I had made him a journalist, like I once had been myself. He lived in Oslo, like I did. And because the novel format is largely different from a TV series, I decided to get rid of all the satire and concentrate on the main issue at hand: Henning Juul finding his son's killer. And once that was in place, it was just a matter of mapping out the stories in a slightly different manner. When I was finished with that I realised I had material for six novels (it turned out to be five, but I'll tell you more about that in a later).

I still hadn't found any work, so I decided to make contact with two publishers in Oslo, and the very next day I was invited to a meeting with Gyldendal - one of the biggest publishers in Norway. They loved the idea, and they wanted me to start writing right away.

So that's what I did.

Six weeks later I presented them with the first 120 pages of what was later to become Burned, volume one in the Henning Juul series, and based on those 120 pages Gyldendal told me they wanted to publish the whole series.

I guess you can imagine what that felt like, having tried to become an author for 15 years. I was unemployed, I had no income. Now all of a sudden I was about to get published for the first time.

What's really amazing is that seven years later the Henning Juul series is just one step away from actually becoming a TV series. Funny how life works out sometimes, right?

Cursed by Thomas Enger is published by Orenda Books

When Hedda Hellberg fails to return from a retreat in Italy, her husband discovers that his wife’s life is tangled in mystery. Hedda never left Oslo, the retreat has no record of her and, what’s more, she appears to be connected to the death of an old man, gunned down on the first day of the hunting season in the depths of the Swedish forests. Henning Juul becomes involved in the case when his ex-wife joins in the search for the missing woman, and the estranged pair find themselves enmeshed both in the murky secrets of one of Norway’s wealthiest families, and in the painful truths surrounding the death of their own son. When their lives are threatened, Juul is prepared to risk everything to uncover a sinister maze of secrets that ultimately leads to the dark heart of European history.

You can find out more information about Thomas Enger and his books on his website.  You can also follow him on Twitter @EngerThomas and find him on Facebook.