Keeping Up with Deals

First we have, shall we say, a rather unusual premise:

Pseudonymous Swedish author Tim Davys’ first novel AMBERVILLE, both a

plot-twisting noir and a meditation on good and evil, featuring a

highly unusual cast of stuffed animals (and no human characters)

some of whom come to realize that their seemingly benign world is far

from fluffy, to Alison Callahan at Harper, in a significant deal, in a

pre-empt, by Susanna Einstein at LJK Literary Management (world;

excluding Swedish).

Then again, if Barbara Gowdy could pull off a book from the pov of an elephant and Leonie Swann could cast a flock of sheep as detectives, this should – I hope – work just as well…

Then we have something that has clear SIX FEET UNDER overtones:

Amy MacKinnon’s TETHERED, about a young mortician with her own damaged past

who finds herself at the center of a murder investigation and a sordid

underworld when she unwittingly identifies a dead body which leads to

consequences almost impossible to imagine, to Sally Kim at Shaye

Areheart Books, in a signficant deal, at auction, by Emma Sweeney


Finally, well, the tagline says it all:

Lyndsay Faye’s debut KNIFE POINT, in which Sherlock Holmes tracks down

Jack the Ripper in 1888 London, to Kerri Kolen at Simon & Schuster,

in a good deal, in a pre-empt, by Daniel Lazar at Writers House (world


I would also like to state the following: Mr. Lazar, you proved me wrong. Good work.