Hardboiled deals

I’d been meaning to report about this for ages but now have a pretty damn good reason to do so. Last week, Al Guthrie was nominated for the Best PBO Edgar for KISS HER GOODYBE — and as it happens, the timing couldn’t have been better, because it helped him ink a deal that, according to the Bookseller, is the highest-ever advance paid out by his publisher, Polygon. Yes, higher than some other high-profile client. Damn.

Anyway, the three-book deal — inked by Mark Stanton at Jenny Brown & Associates, where Guthrie also work as an agent — kicks in next year with the publication of HARD MAN. The UK edition of KISS HER GOODBYE will be published in April.

Meanwhile, Duane Swierczynski has some good news of his own as St. Martin’s Press has signed him up for 2 more books. And I agree that a RoboCop marathon would be neat…

And PM just reported this: “2005 Edgar Award nominee and TONIGHT I SAID GOODBYE author Michael

Koryta’s book in the Lincoln Perry PI series and an untitled thriller,

again to Peter Wolverton at Thomas Dunne Books/Minotaur, in a very good

deal, for publication in fall 2007, by David Hale Smith at DHS Literary


Lots of congratulations to go round, that’s for sure!