The midweek deal memo

First, I got wind of this deal on Backspace and had a feeling I knew who the editor would be:

Bram Stoker Award-winner Jonathan Maberry’s PATIENT ZERO, in which a

Baltimore police detective is recruited by a secret government

organization to help stop a group of terrorists from launching a

weaponized plague against America that turns its citizens into zombies,

to Jason Pinter at St. Martin’s, in a three-book deal (including

PATIENT ZERO, by Sara Crowe of Harvey Klinger (world).

Next, considering how fantastic NO TIME FOR GOODBYE is, this comes as little surprise:

Author of No Time for Goodbye Linwood Barclay’s three stand-alone

novels, to Danielle Perez at Bantam Dell, in a major deal, by Helen

Heller at the Helen Heller Agency (NA).

And earlier this week, another legal thriller found a home:

Justin Peacock’s A CURE FOR NIGHT, in which a fallen lawyer from a

white shoe firm lands at the Brooklyn Defenders Office and, when

assigned to a drug-related murder case, his past catches up with him

with terrifying consequences, to Gerry Howard at Doubleday, by Betsy

Lerner at Dunow, Carlson & Lerner (World).

Peacock might be a practicing litigation lawyer but as his bio indicates, he clearly intended to pursue writing professionally.