Friday, 4 November 2011

Top Crime Authors Join Top Crime Experts At Csi Portsmouth On Saturday 5 November

Csi Portsmouth On Saturday 5 November

Four internationally acclaimed crime authors: Mark Billingham, John Harvey, Michael Ridpath and Pauline Rowson will join experts from the Crime Scene Investigation team and Fingerprinting Bureau of Hampshire Constabulary and forensic psychologists to discuss crime fiction and fact in a lively debate at John Pounds Centre, Portsea on Saturday 5 November.

Ticket sales have already topped the hundred mark for the lively panel debate which takes place from 2pm to 5pm and have sold out for the talk on forensic psychology.

In addition to being on the main panel event for CSI Portsmouth, Pauline Rowson, author of the DI Andy Horton Marine Mystery Crime Novels set in the Solent area, will be giving a talk in the morning on Writing A Crime Novel. Other talks include fingerprinting, and true crime.

There will be a chance for delegates to see how the fingerprinting bureau works and have their fingerprints taken, as well as talk to the crime authors to find out how they come up with their intricate plots and research their novels. A mobile bookshop, provided by The Hayling Island Bookshop will be selling signed copies of the authors' books.

CSI Portsmouth is part of Portsmouth Bookfest.

Tickets are on sale from the Box Office + 44 (0)23 9268 8685 and cost £10 for the day which includes £3 off the price of a book bought at the event. Tickets for the afternoon event can also be purchased at the door on the day. More information can be found at

Harvill Secker is delighted to appoint Alison Hennessey to the newly created role of Senior Crime Editor, with a special brief to commission new works in the crime and thriller genre. Harvill Secker is the home of several award-winning crime writers, including Henning Mankell and Jo Nesbo, currently the UK's third bestselling fiction author.

In her new role, due to commence in January 2012, Alison will be responsible for commissioning and publishing crime novels in translation, as well as finding and developing home-grown talent. This appointment will consolidate the company's focus on publishing quality crime thrillers and will coincide with the promotion of Bethan Jones to Senior Publicity Manager, with responsibility for overseeing the promotion of crime thrillers within the Vintage group.

And keeping with Harvill Secker, we have learned that Harvill Secker has acquired a Swedish crime trilogy by television scriptwriter Alexander Soderberg. Publishing director Liz Foley bought UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, in the series, The Andalucian Friend, from Leyla Belle Drake from the Sweden-based Salmonsson Agency. The deal is part of a group Random House world English-language deal, with Crown to publish in the US and Random House of Canada in Canada.

The Andalucian Friend is the first book in the series following Sophie, a Swedish nurse and single mother, who becomes involved in a conflict between two powerful crime syndicates and a group of corrupt police officers (but will she be wearing a trademark jumper?).

Foley said: "Alexander Soderberg's The Andalucian Friend is an incredibly sophisticated and compelling thriller and we are very excited to have acquired this novel and the next two books in the trilogy for Harvill Secker. We look forward to working with our colleagues at Random House in the US and Canada to make Alexander a worldwide sensation."

Soderberg is a television scriptwriter, with his work including the TV adaptations of Camilla Lackberg and Ake Edwardsson's novels. Rights in the series have already been sold in hotly-contested auctions in Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Norway and Denmark.

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