James Smythe vs. Stephen King: The Challenge Begins

Category: News
You must of heard of James Smythe by now. What? You haven’t?! Even though we’ve been banging on and on and on about him? Well, in that case, let us refresh your memory. James Smythe is a fantastic new addition to our brood, and his incredible apocalyptic thriller, The Testimony, is one of our top picks for this year. 
And obviously you will have heard of Stephen King – in fact, in our ‘All the books you shouldn’t read home alone’ article, his name came up again and again. 
Why are we telling you all this? We’ll let James explain…

 

“My name’s James, and I’m a writer. (I feel a bit like I’m in a self-help group when I tell people that…) I’ve just had a novel called THE TESTIMONY published by Blue Door – it’s an apocalyptic story about the world hearing what they perceive to be the voice of God, told through the testimonies of 26 different characters from every walk of life. Each character brings something different to the table, be they priests, murderers or businessmen, and it’s through their eyes that the reader watches the repercussions of hearing the voice of the deity. And next year, there’s two novels: one from HarperVoyager, called THE EXPLORER (about death and astronauts) and another tentatively titled THE MACHINE from Blue Door again (about post-traumatic stress disorder and memories).

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A Note from the Editor's Desk

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Blue Door are very busy indeed with the release of Jon Stock’s spy-thriller Dead Spy Running fast approaching. Here’s a sneaky peek at the paperback cover being prepared for release on January 21st.

Laura's Desk

With the eighth series of hit TV series Spooks due to finish over the Christmas period, we’ll all be looking for a rip-roaring spy thriller to fill the void in the new year. Here’s a taste of what to expect:

Suspended M16 agent Daniel Marchant is running out of time. He’s alongside a man strapped with explosives at the London Marathon. If they drop their speed the belt will detonate, killing all around them. But is Marchant secretly working for the terrorists? Marchant’s father, ex-Chief of M16, was accused by the CIA of treachery. To prove his innocence, Marchant must take a perilous journey via Poland and India to unearth his father’s dark past, test his own relationship with fellow spy Leila and challenge the heavy hand of America’s war on terror. Most of all, he has to learn to trust no one. No one.

Hailed by Lee Child as, ‘exactly what we need from a spy novel now,’ Dead Spy Running promises to set 2011 off with a bang.

Lars Kepler

Category: Author Post

Lars Kepler is the pseudonym of Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril & Alexander Ahndoril, both critically-acclaimed writers under their own names. Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril’s first novel Stjärneborg (Castle of Stars) has been translated in several languages while Alexander Ahndoril’s novel The Director, about Ingmar Bergman, was shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. They live in Sweden.

The Hypnotist, published in 2011 in the UK by Blue Door, is the first in a series featuring Detective Inspector Joona Linna and is already an international bestseller.


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