22nd January 2013
Exhibit A Signs Robert Bailey in Two-Book Crime Fiction Deal
Exhibit A, the crime fiction imprint of Angry Robot Books, has signed debut US author Robert Bailey for two novels, featuring Tom McMurtrie, a long time law professor at the University of Alabama.
Commissioning editor, Emlyn Rees, bought World English rights in The Professor and Between Black & White from Liza Fleissig at the Liza Royce Agency, New York.
The Professor is a US legal thriller about one of legendary Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant’s football players turned Law Professor, who hasn’t tried a case in forty years until he teams up with a former student for a wrongful death action against the biggest trucking company in the South. The deck was stacked for them to lose, but they had other plans, and what ensues becomes not just a fight for justice, but literally a fight for their lives.
Rees said, “This is a fantastic new take on the US legal thriller. Think John Grisham for the audience that flocked to Friday Night Lights.”
Exhibit A will publish The Professor in January 2014 simultaneously in the UK and US in paperback and eBook.
The author, Robert Bailey, attended Law School at the University of Alabama and is now a civil defense trial lawyer in his hometown of Huntsville. From the time he could walk, he’s loved stories, especially those about Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant and his beloved Alabama Crimson Tide football team. In his free time, Robert enjoys playing golf, watching football and coaching his sons’ little league baseball teams.
You can follow Robert on Twitter @RBaileyBooks.