Monday, January 07, 2008

New Soho Imprint

Good news for American fans of British crime fiction as Soho Press are to publish some Constable and Robinson titles under their own imprint Soho Constable. From Publisher's Weekly:
Soho Press is launching a new mystery imprint this spring called Soho Constable. Set to start publishing in April, the imprint will be releasing mysteries just published across the pond by British house Constable & Robinson. The books, both historical and modern-day mysteries set predominantly in England and Scotland, are by such authors as Barbara Cleverly, R.T. Raichev and Roberta Kray.

While some of the imprint's authors were previously published in the U.S. by Carroll & Graf, Soho Constable will be releasing new titles by the writers, explained Soho Press publisher and editor-in-chief Laura Hruska. Hruska added that the print runs for the books will vary, ranging from 3,000 to 10,000 depending on the popularity of the writer. With plans to do what Hurska dubbed a "substantial list" each season--the second list will include nine titles--Hruska noted that the imprint will also, in the future, release some classic mysteries; the second list, for example, will include Peter Lovesey’s Sergeant Cribb series. Among the titles on the first list are Reconstruction by Mick Herron and The Rough Collier by Pat McIntosh.
Maybe they'll also print A Darker Side (out in May) - the book following my current read from Constable and Robinson, Into the Shadows, by Shirley Wells, set in the Lancashire Pennines. (I had to abandon The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz after 50 pages as it wasn't working for me! Great UK cover though.)

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