Stuff in the ‘Police Procedural’ Category

6 August, 2013

Read of the Week: COUNTDOWN CITY, Ben H. Winters

The Last Policeman received the 2013 Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original–along with plenty of glowing reviews.  9781594746260_p0_v2_s260x420Now Detective Hank Palace returns in Countdown City, the second volume of the Last Policeman trilogy. There are just 77 days before a deadly asteroid collides with Earth, and Detective Palace is out of a job. With the Concord police force operating under the auspices of the U.S. Justice Department, Hank’s days of solving crimes are over…until a woman from his past begs for help finding her missing husband.Brett Cavatone disappeared without a trace—an easy feat in a world with no phones, no cars, and no way to tell whether someone’s gone “bucket list” or just gone. With society falling to shambles, Hank pieces together what few clues he can, on a search that leads him from a college-campus-turned-anarchist-encampment to a crumbling coastal landscape where anti-immigrant militia fend off “impact zone” refugees.

Countdown City presents another fascinating mystery set on brink of an apocalypse–and once again, Hank Palace confronts questions way beyond “whodunit.” What do we as human beings owe to one another? And what does it mean to be civilized when civilization is collapsing all around you?

“Winters is a deft storyteller who moves his novel effortlessly from its intriguing setup to a thrilling, shattering conclusion.”—Los Angeles Review of Books

“…gripping…”—The Free Lance-Star“… Winters’s work shines.”—Locus“Don’t miss this series!”—Sci Fi magazine

“As with the first Hank Palace novel (this is volume 2 of a projected trilogy), the mystery element is strong, and the strange, preapocalyptic world is highly imaginative and also very plausible—it’s easy to think that the impending end of the world might feel very much like this. Genre mash-up master Winters is at it again.”—Booklist


24 July, 2012

TV Series Deal in the Works for THE LAST POLICEMAN

We’re incredibly excited to be close to a deal for a television series for Ben H. Winters’ brilliant pre-apocalyptic novel, THE LAST POLICEMAN, first in a projected trilogy.  The novel’s premise is that an asteroid will collide with the earth in six months.  There is no question that this will happen. Against the backdrop of a world that is coming to an end, a newly minted detective is determined to solve his first case–a murder. The problem is that no one cares.

Our amazing film agent, Shari Smiley of The Smiley Group, is currently in negotiation with Lorenzo di Bonaventura Films.  The book’s  publisher, Quirk Books, will be a co-producer.

http://www.deadline.com/2012/07/the-last-policeman-going-tv-series-route-with-lorenzo-di-bonaventura/

–Joelle Delbourgo

 


25 May, 2012

THE LAST POLICEMAN Starred Review in Kirkus!

We’re so excited to see that Kirkus has given a much-coveted starred review to THE LAST POLICEMAN, the first in a planned fiction trilogy by Ben H. Winters from the brilliant and innovative publisher, Quirk Books (distributed by Random House).  We know this is just the first of many good reviews for this incredibly talented writer.  Congratulations, Ben!  The book pubs June 1.

In a pre-apocalyptic world, one detective still keeps watch—but to what end?

The impending impact of asteroid 2011GV1, unaffectionately known as Maia, has given life on Earth only six more months. It’s turned Concord, N.H., into a “hanger town,” a reference to the suicide preference of locals. Rookie Detective Hank Palace is determined to stay on top of his caseload even though many of his old colleagues seem to have cashed in and are bucket-listing it from now on. Enter Peter Zell, or rather exit Peter, whose death is Palace’s latest case. Any other cop would have let this apparent suicide go, but Palace is determined to do his duty when he senses something suspicious about the circumstances. Added to this is Palace’s mess of a little sister, Nico, who knows that Palace may be the only one with the cop chops to track down her missing husband. What’s more interesting than the mystery surrounding Zell’s death is Winters’ vision of a pre-apocalyptic world, one where laws are both absolute and irrelevant and even minor players have major control over what could be a new future. The imminent end of the world doesn’t mean that everyone has shown their hands—just that there’s a lot more at stake if they lose.

A promising kickoff to a planned trilogy. For Winters (Bedbugs, 2011, etc.), the beauty is in the details rather than the plot’s grim main thrust.

 


12 April, 2012

JDA in the press this week!

Two great stories in the press this week in which we are featured! 

Deadline announced that Ti West has been tapped to write the screenplay for Tango Pictures of Ben Winters’ tale of urban paranoia, BED BUGS, published by Quirk Books.  The deal was brokered by agent Shari Smiley who recently left CAA to found her own agency on behalf of Quirk, working with Joelle Delbourgo Associates. The story was widely picked up in the Hollywood press. Congrats to the brilliant Ben Winters, one of our all-time favorite clients:

http://www.deadline.com/2012/04/tango-pictures-scratches-deal-for-horror-novel-bedbugs-ti-west-to-write-script/

Huffington Post just ran a story by Terri Guiliano on why self-published books are so poorly represented in indie bookstores, which makes for fascinating reading.  Terri interviewed me for the story.  Thank you, Terri!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/11/why-you-cant-find-indies-in-bookstores_n_1418839.html

And now, I’m off to Madison, Wisconsin for the Writers Institute conference that begins tomorrow. You can read more about what I’ll be doing there in my previous post.

–Joelle Delbourgo