Saturday, 2 June 2018
Patricia Cornwell signs exclusive publishing deal with Amazon
Quantum is currently listed for pre-order on Amazon with a price of £7.99 for the e-book. Thomas & Mercer editorial director Grace Doyle will be Cornwell’s editor.
The signing is the latest in a ramping up of activity for Amazon Publishing in the UK. Earlier this month the business revealed plans to launch a non-fiction imprint, with Eoin Purcell, head of Amazon Publishing UK, saying at the time that “growing the UK division of Amazon Publishing is something we are really happy to do".
According to the blurb, Quantum weaves military action, espionage, and space age technology into the story of a young NASA test pilot and aerospace engineer, Captain Calli Chase, whose quest to uncover the secrets behind her fighter pilot twin sister’s murder takes her to the highest echelons of power: from NASA’s Langley Research Center to the White House to Scotland Yard to Interpol headquarters in Lyon, France.
“Patricia Cornwell’s all-in approach to writing her iconic Dr Scarpetta series catapulted forensic science into pop culture, paving the way for an explosion of entertainment featuring all things forensic across film, television, and literature, and if her current adventures at NASA are any indication—she’s learning to spacewalk—we’ll all be experts on space science and exploration very soon,” Mikyla Bruder, publisher at Amazon Publishing, said.
“Patricia is a groundbreaking author and a leader in her field. The emergence of Amazon Publishing as a global presence marks a significant shift within the publishing landscape,” Jeremy Barber, partner at United Talent Agency, said. “I'm excited by the potential this relationship has to reach readers worldwide.”
Cornwell sold her debut, Postmortem, in 1990, while working at the Office of the chief medical examiner in Richmond, Virginia. It went on to win the Edgar, Creasey, Anthony, and Macavity awards as well as the French Prix du Roman d'Aventure prize—the first book to claim all of these distinctions in a single year.