Penguin Acquires Joël Dicker’s Bestseller

December 16, 2013
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Joel DickerTHE TRUTH ABOUT THE HARRY QUEBERT AFFAIR has been an international publishing sensation, with sales approaching a million copies in France alone. In a heated auction executive editor John Siciliano won the rights to publish the literary thriller as a Penguin trade paperback original this summer, in the biggest deal of Penguin's history. The book has a strict on-sale date of May 27, 2014

 

THE TRUTH ABOUT THE HARRY QUEBERT AFFAIR is a fast-paced, tightly plotted, cinematic literary thriller, and an ingenious book within a book, about the disappearance of a fifteen-year-old New Hampshire girl and, thirty years later, a young American writer’s determination to clear his mentor’s name—and find the inspiration for his next bestseller. Winner of three literary prizes in France, THE TRUTH ABOUT THE HARRY QUEBERT AFFAIR was the book of the 2012 Frankfurt Book Fair, where it was bought by the publisher who acquired The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. To date rights to this international phenomenon have been sold in 32 countries; in Italy and Spain the novel has knocked Dan Brown’s Inferno from the top of bestseller lists.

 

Author Joël Dicker was born in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1985 and spent childhood summers in New England. Penguin Books will introduce his novel to American readers with an ambitious pre-publication publicity and marketing campaign, including regional bookseller dinners, a New York magazine and media luncheon, social media, as well as a comprehensive on-sale promotion and advertising campaign and multi-city author tour. 

 

Penguin Group (USA) LLC is one of the leading U.S. adult and children's trade book publishers, owning a wide range of imprints and trademarks, including Viking, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, The Penguin Press, Riverhead Books, Dutton, Penguin Books, Berkley Books, Gotham Books, Portfolio, New American Library, Plume, Tarcher, Philomel, Grosset & Dunlap, Puffin, and Frederick Warne, among others. The Penguin Group (www.penguin.com) is a Penguin Random House company.

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