Debut Author Mason Cross To OrionPosted at 5:27PM Tuesday 02 Apr 2013
Editor Jemima Forrester has pre-empted World rights for two books in a new American thriller series by debut author Mason Cross from Thomas Stofer at LBA literary agency.
THE KILLING SEASON is the first book in a brand-new series featuring Carter Blake, a bounty hunter with a shady past. Smart, strong and intuitive, Blake is hired by the FBI to help them track down Caleb Wardell, a terrifying serial killer who has escaped from death row. But Wardell is no stranger to Blake. He's met him once before and, what's more, Blake had the chance to take him down then and he didn't. Now, aided only by Special Agent Elaine Banner, Blake must use all of his expertise if he is to track down the calculating killer before it's too late.
With a faultless blend of compelling action, intelligent plotting and well-drawn characters, THE KILLING SEASON is a polished debut thriller with a fantastic new series character.
Jemima Forrester said: 'As a voracious thriller reader I am always on the lookout for an intelligent new series to hook me, and when I first read THE KILLING SEASON I couldn't believe it was a first novel. It's slick, fast-paced and has a central character who could give Jack Reacher, Alex Cross and Jason Bourne a run for their money! We're really excited about building this accomplished debut into an exciting new brand.'
Author Mason Cross said: 'I'm delighted that my first novel will be published by Orion. From the first meeting, I was bowled over by their enthusiasm and vision for the book and the Carter Blake series. When it comes to thrillers, Orion is the best in the business, and I'm honoured to be in the company of so many of my favourite authors.'
THE KILLING SEASON will be published in April 2014 in hardback, trade paperback and ebook. German translation rights have already been sold to Goldmann.