Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Newsy Stuff!

CWA Gold Dagger winning author Robert Wilson is set to publish his next novel Capital Punishment with Orion Publishers according to his agents Aitken Alexander

In a locked room, a kidnapped girl shivers: meet London’s dark side. Alyshia D’Cruz, daughter of Indian tycoon Francisco ‘Frank’ D’Cruz, has grown up in London and Mumbai wanting for nothing. But one night, after a boozy evening out, she gets in the wrong cab home…
Charles Boxer, ex-army, ex-police, has found his niche in private security. His speciality: kidnap and recovery. But it’s a rootless life that doesn’t impress his teenage daughter, Amy, or her mother, DS Mercy Danqah.

When D’Cruz hires Boxer to find Alyshia, Boxer knows Frank’s crooked business empire has made him plenty of enemies. Despite the vast D’Cruz fortune, the kidnappers don’t want cash – instead favouring a cruel and lethal game. But the UK government don’t want their big new investor to lose his daughter in the heart of the capital. MI6 officers in India follow Boxer’s leads and soon it seems more lives than Alyshia’s are at stake, as the trail crosses paths with a terrorist plot on British soil.

To save Alyshia, Boxer must dodge religious fanatics, Indian mobsters and London’s homegrown crime lords. Capital Punishment is a thrilling journey to the dark side of people and places that lie just out of view, waiting for the moment to tear a life apart. Capital Punishment is due to be published in January 2013.

Robert Wilson won the Gold Dagger with his novel A Small Death in Lisbon.

A number of crime novels are among the 147 titles that have been nominated by libraries worldwide for the €100,000 international IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
The books are – Bandit Love by Massimo Carlotto, The Reversal by Michael Connelly, Faithful Place by Tana French, Harbour by John Ajvide Lindqvist, The Snowman by Jo Nesbo, Heartstone by C J Sansom, and The Rembrandt Affair by Daniel Silva.

Spy thriller Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy has been nominated for seven awards at the British Independent Film Awards. Gary Oldman has been nominated for Best Actor for his portrayal of George Smiley. More information can be found here. The awards will be handed out at a ceremony in London on 4 December.

According to the Bookseller, crime writer Neil White has moved from Avon to Sphere. The author is set to write a new series, which will make use of his expertise as a criminal prosecutor. The first book in the series will be published in the summer of 2013. The bookseller also report that William Heinemann have acquired a debut crime novel, the first in a series to feature civilian investigator Catherine Berlin, written by Annie Hauxwell. The debut novel entitled In Her Blood will be published in trade paperback and eBook in May 2012.

Hot on the announcement of the title of the new James Bond film there is an excellent article in the Daily Telegraph about the longevity of James Bond and why the brand remains popular by Allan Massie.

Author Lynda La Plante is known for being forthright and she again does not mince her words when she talks in the Daily Telegraph about the BBC and them declaring not to want anymore crime drama’s.

P D James is interviewed in the Guardian by Sarah Crown where she talks about revisiting the characters in Pride and Prejudice and creating a credible crime novel at the same time.

Not one to play against type, actor Jason Statham has landed the lead role in the gangland thriller Hummingbird. According to the Guardian, Hummingbird, will mark the directorial debut of Oscar-nominated British screenwriter Steven Knight.

And if you haven’t heard already, firstly Patricia Cornwell has been confirmed for a one-off special event at next year’s Harrogate Crime Festival. Tickets can be obtained on 01423 562303 and secondly there has been confirmation that Åsa Larsson will be attending Crimefest Bristol that is due to take place between 24 to 27 May 2012.

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