Sept 27 – Oct 3, 2010 Edition Pocket Books to Publish Gene Hackman’s New Novel

New York, New York (September 28, 2010) Pocket Books will publish a new novel by Academy Award-winning actor Gene Hackman, announced Louise Burke, Executive Vice President and Publisher. World rights to JUBAL’S BOUNTY, Hackman’s first Western, were acquired by Anthony Ziccardi, Vice President and Deputy Publisher, from Noah Lukeman of Lukeman Literary Management.

American acting icon Gene Hackman came to fame in 1967 when his performance as Buck Barrow in Bonnie and Clyde earned him his first Oscar nomination. His major roles include police detective Popeye Doyle in The French Connection, for which he received an Academy Award for Best Actor, sadistic sheriff Little Bill Daggett in Unforgiven for which he won his second Academy Award, this time for Best Supporting Actor, basketball coach Norman Dale in Hoosiers, federal agent Rupert Anderson in Mississippi Burning, and arch-villain Lex Luthor in Superman.

Prior to Jubal’s Bounty, Hackman co-authored three novels, Wake of the Perdido Star (1999), Justice for None (2004), and Escape from Andersonville (2008) and received critical acclaim for his historically accurate, elegant writing. In JUBAL’S BOUNTY, Hackman evokes the late 19th century of New Mexico as he follows a brave young hero who is forced to take the law into his own hands after the murder of his family.

“I’ve had the pleasure of publishing Gene Hackman’s previous novels and he’s a delightful storyteller,” said Louise Burke. “It’s high time for a good Western to revive this genre.”

“The rugged beauty of New Mexico serves as a backdrop in JUBAL’S BOUNTY,” said Gene Hackman. “The Western territory’s rich history inspired me to write this tale of proper justice.”

JUBAL’S BOUNTY will be published in July 2011.

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