Saturday, September 15, 2007

Crime Express, first wave

I've mentioned Five Leaves Publishing a couple of times on the blog and I recently received this press release which has more details on the coming titles which include the return of Resnick, in John Harvey's 'Trouble in Mind'.
Five Leaves Publications, a small independent in Nottingham, is launching a new imprint, Crime Express, which comprises short novellas by well-known crime writers.

The first three books – launched in early October – are by John Harvey, Stephen Booth and Rod Duncan. John Harvey and Stephen Booth are two of Britain’s best selling crime writers, while Rod Duncan’s trilogy of Leicester inner-city crime stories has build a growing reputation. John Harvey won the Crime Writers Association Cartier Diamond Dagger earlier this year.

All the books are published in a uniform series format, as flapped paperbacks, 160mm x 110mm and retail at £4.99.

Ross Bradshaw of Five Leaves said “I’ve always been attracted to the ‘long short story’ and I’ve been thinking of a way of publishing them for years. This smaller format - 80-96 pages – is big enough to create a spine, and I’ve always liked flapped paperbacks!” He continued “I’m pleased to start the series with three great writers, all of whom I know from the region.”

The Stephen Booth book features a new story by his main characters, D.C. Ben Cooper and D.S. Diane Fry; John Harvey engineers a meeting of two of his main characters, Charlie Resnick and Jack Kiley while Rod Duncan explores the world of stage psychics.

Five Leaves plan to publish three volumes a year in the series, with Nicola Monaghan (winner of the Betty Trask award for her first novel) and Claire Littleford included in the next batch. In 2009 the series expands to include non-fiction, the first being on the films of Raymond Chandler novels.

Crime Express’ first books will be available from 1st October:

John Harvey Trouble in Mind 978 1 905512 25 6

Stephen Booth: Claws 978 1 905512 24 9

Rod Duncan: The Mentalist 978 1 905512 26 3

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