Exciting news came through from The London Book Fair last week – HarperCollins UK announced the acquisition of a series of non-fiction e-short stories, curated by international bestselling author Karin Slaughter. Telling the extraordinary stories of the FBI’s Most Wanted, the series will be called Karin Slaughter’s Most Wanted.
Karin will select appropriate writers, and write the introduction to each book. The shorts will publish every month in e-format from spring 2015, and later in a compilation in both e and print formats.
The FBI’s Most Wanted list officially started in 1949, established to increase their ability to capture dangerous fugitives. Each story will profile one fugitive and their notorious crime, providing a gripping insight into both the criminal mind and the FBI’s investigation.
Kate Elton, Executive Publisher, says: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be publishing Karin’s new series at HarperCollins. Over the last fifteen years she has built an unparalleled global reputation for writing unputdownable and ground-breaking thrillers with an extraordinary depth of characterisation and understanding of not only the criminal mind but also the investigative process. And so this move into non-fiction – to a series which will incorporate all the qualities which have built her such a large and loyal readership – feels both a very natural and a very exciting move.”
Karin Slaughter says: “I have always been fascinated by the stories that lie within the FBI files and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to re-tell them. I grew up on true crime classics such as Truman Capote’s iconic In Cold Blood and Ann Rule’s masterful The Stranger Beside Me, and I’ve always believed that true-life stories and meticulous research lie at the heart of great crime/thriller writing. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to branch out with the Most Wanted project – and hope that readers worldwide will be as fascinated and gripped by the stories as I am. I’m hugely excited to be embarking on the new project, and to be working again with my long term editor, Kate Elton, at HarperCollins.”