Friday 8 February 2008

Who says that crime doesn’t pay?

Figures recently released show that earnings through the trade in 2007 for crime writers looked pretty healthy. Figures are shown as GBP MILLIONS

James Patterson 10.3
Ian Rankin 5.2
Martina Cole 4.8
Jed Rubenfeld 4.7
Alexander McCall Smith 4.4
Antony Horowitz 4.3
Patricia Cornwell 4.1
John Grisham 3.9
Lee Child 3.7
Tess Gerritsen 3.5
Clive Cussler 3.5
Andy McNab 3.3
C.J. Sansom 2.8

Which makes for a nice segue into NEILSON BOOKSCAN’S TOP 50 PAPERBACKS for 2007 UK – of course, only the crime titles are listed

3. The Interpretation of Murder Jed Rubenfeld (Headline)
19. The Innocent Man John Grisham (Arrow)
21. Relentless Simon Kernick (Corgi)
22. Savage Garden Mark Mills (HarperCollins)
30. Tenderness of Wolves Stef Penny (Quercus)
34. Restless William Boyd (Bloomsbury)
36. Break No Bones Kathy Reichs (Arrow)
37. Naming of the Dead Ian Rankin (Orion)
38. Cross James Patterson (Headline)
41. The Afghan Frederick Forsyth (Corgi)
44. The Last Testament Sam Bourne (Harper Collins)
46. Next Michael Crichton (Harper Collins)

And the Top 10 Fiction as of today:
1 Atonement, Ian McEwan Vintage £7.99
2 Book of the Dead, Patricia Cornwell Little,Brown £18.99
3 Treasure of Khan, Clive Cussler Penguin Books £6.99
4 Faces, Martina Cole Headline Publishing Group £18.99
5 More Twisted,Jeffery Deaver Hodder Paperback £6.99
6 Cross,James Patterson Headline Book Publishing £6.99
7 The Loner,Josephine Cox Harper £6.99
8 H.R.H., Danielle Steel Corgi Adult £6.99
9 Making Money, Terry Pratchett Doubleday £18.99
10 The Memory Keeper's Daughter,Kim Edwards Penguin Books £7.99

Given that Jed Rubenfeld, William Boyd and Simon Kernick were given the Richard and Judy Book Club treatment, we can expect to see Roger Jon Ellory’s A Quiet Belief in Angels up on the list for 2008.

Trade News

Emma Dunford, who recently joined Piatkus as senior editor from Jane Gregory Literary Agency acquired two crime novels by debut novelist Nick Brownlee from Jane. The series is set in Mombassa, on the east coast Kenya and the first, Bait, introduces a crime busting duo.

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