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Ace Atkins moves to William Morrow

Yesterday Ace Atkins tweeted the news of his deal with William Morrow Books for two standalone projects. The first, Free Falling , is described as a Hitchcockian thriller about a seemingly happily-married woman who finds out her construction executive husband actually runs an international mercenary firm.
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With her most popular character about to be adapted for TV, novelist Melanie Joan Hall, Sunny Randall's benefactor, is accused of plagiarism. Soon after hiring Sunny to investigate her accuser, Melanie Joan is jolted by the murders of her manager and editor. Lupica's fourth Randall continuation is an aptly-named tour of Melanie Joan's past, much of which she resists revealing. Meanwhile, Sunny's retired cop father Phil finds himself targeted for revenge. Lupica draws on his own origins in creating Melanie Joan's. In what looks to be his final Randall novel before moving on to Spenser, he once again shows familiarity with characters from all of Parker's series, including one of Parker's most chilling and manipulative villains. Robert B. Parker's Revenge Tour goes on sale May 3. Thanks again to Putnam Books for the NetGalley.

The Future of Robert B. Parker's Sunny Randall

When Mike Lupica picks up Spenser from Ace Atkins in 2023, Alison Gaylin will pick up Sunny Randall from Lupica. I emailed Alison for a short interview about joining the Parker continuation effort: Gerald So: To introduce yourself to Parker fans and new readers, tell me a bit of your history reading Parker. Did his work influence your writing before you were asked to continue Sunny Randall? Alison Gaylin: I think I'd be hard-pressed to think of a mystery writer who doesn't owe a debt to Parker, and I'm definitely one of them. Though my more recent books tend to be a bit darker, the structure and vibrance of his Spenser books have long been an influence. He could have taught a master class in character creation and dialogue. And though many years have passed since his books were first introduced, they remain relevant. I was a Spenser fan, but only recently discovered the Sunny Randall books. She is a wonderful character. I love her, as well as all of her friends—espec


In his tenth Spenser continuation, Ace Atkins keeps Spenser relevant by having him face today's troubling rise in white nationalism. Inspired by progressive New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Spenser's client Carolina Garcia-Ramirez is a compelling character through whom to examine the threat. Robert B. Parker's Bye Bye Baby has added resonance for me having learned it would be Atkins' final Spenser, Mike Lupica taking over in 2023 . Fitting his farewell, Atkins brings back characters he created and fleshed out earlier in his run and some Parker created who particularly resonate with him. Fellow fans of Atkins' Spensers won't want to miss his finale, publishing January 18, 2022. Thanks again to Putnam Books for the NetGalley.

Robert B. Parker Continuation News

USA Today and international bestselling author Alison Gaylin yesterday tweeted this Publishers Weekly book deal news : In a world rights deal endorsed by the Robert B. Parker estate, Ivan Held and Danielle Dietrich at G.P. Putnam’s Sons bought two books by Mike Lupica and one by Alison Gaylin for three of Parker’s series. Parker died in 2010, and the books Lupica is penning will be new installments in the Spenser series and the Jesse Stone series. Lupica is a sportswriter and was friends with Parker; he’ll be taking over the Spenser series from Ace Atkins, whose final Parker title will publish in January 2022. Gaylin ( The Collective ) will write a new installment in Parker’s Sunny Randall series; in doing so, she will become the first woman to take over a Parker series. Lupica was represented in the deal by Esther Newberg at ICM Partners, and Gaylin was represented by Deborah Schneider at Gelfman Schneider (which is part of ICM Partners). Successful in several categories of cri


Mike Lupica's second Jesse Stone continuation finds Paradise, Massachussetts mayor Neil O'Hara dead, possibly by suicide, on a stretch of land nicknamed The Throw, delaying its much-anticipated sale. The case is personal for Jesse. Neil was a friend, his wife Kate an old flame. Book design: Elke Sigal Not having read Parker's final few Stone novels, I didn't know of Jesse's connections to Neil and Kate prior to this book, but it hints at enough backstory itself. Meanwhile, Lupica also draws on Deputy Chief Molly Crane's history with original Parker tough Wilson "Crow" Cromartie, back in Paradise at the behest of a potential Throw buyer. With Lupica's takeover of both the Sunny Randall and Jesse Stone series, I wondered how distinct he would keep them. Robert B. Parker's Stone's Throw answers from its first sentence. Jesse's affinity for the O'Haras effectively complicates the progress of the investigation, Lupica again parceli

A WRITER PREPARES by Lawrence Block

Prolific author and anthology editor Lawrence Block began A Writer Prepares as a memoir of his early years in publishing, from ages fifteen to twenty-eight, 1953 to 1966. He wrote about half the book in 1994, but shelved it until early 2020. Publishing it himself today, his eighty-third birthday, Block considers his early career from two perspectives roughly twenty-five years apart. Having earned creative writing degrees in college, I'm a fan not only of Block's fiction but also his capacity for insight into what he's written and his ability to communicate it, to teach. Though A Writer Prepares covers wide and multiple stretches of time, it's told in the same down-to-earth, conversational tone as his popular writing manuals and again shows his knack for hooking readers. I particularly appreciate A Writer Prepares after the pandemic year we've had, during which no doubt we've all pondered mortality, and on which Block also spontaneously touches. Happy bi