Maxim Jakubowski, writer, editor and former proprietor of crime bookshop Murder One, is to launch a new crime fiction imprint, maXcrime, for John Blake Publishing in March.Read the whole article, here.
Nine maXcrime titles will be published in 2010, all mass market paperbacks priced at £7.99, in what is described as a "commercial" but very varied list, covering hard-boiled, historical, cosy, women-oriented crime and crime in translation.
The lead title for 2010 will be Hit by Tara Moss, Australia's biggest-selling crime writer, which will launch the imprint in March alongside a crime novel by film director Mike Hodges. Moss, who sells in 20 languages and is a six-foot ex-model described in the maXcrime catalogue as "the most glamorous author in crime fiction", was an obvious purchase, says Jakubowski. "She's never been published in the UK, and I've never understood it." Hit is one of a series of five and maXcrime has the option on the other titles.
Also on the 2010 list is an Italian serial killer bestseller, The Girl with the Crystal Eyes by Barbara Baraldi (May), and a debut by a writer described as a Scottish Janet Evanovich, Donna Moore's Old Dogs (April).
NB. Old Dogs is Donna Moore's second book, her first being Go to Helena Handbasket.