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News about Exhibit A

As you will be aware, Angry Robot Books has a history of innovation and we continue to go from strength to strength. We’re constantly trying out new concepts and new ideas, and we continue to publish popular and award-winning books. Our YA imprint Strange Chemistry and our crime/mystery imprint Exhibit A have – due mainly to market saturation – unfortunately been unable to carve out their own niches with as much success.

We have therefore made the difficult decision to discontinue Strange Chemistry and Exhibit A, effective immediately, and no further titles will be published from these two imprints.

The core Angry Robot imprint is robust, however, and we plan to increase our output from 2 books a month, to 3. We have no plans to cancel any titles other than those of Strange Chemistry and Exhibit A.

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From The Editor: A Day (Or Two) Late And A Pound Short

10333688_10154234919825179_2085357917130703818_oYou’ll notice it’s not Monday today. That means this little note is two days late. It’s not surprising, considering I have a pretty healthy flaky streak, but in this case I was put down by illness and unable to stare at a computer very long without getting nauseated. On the plus side, I was able to lose a bit of the weight I put on while in Milwaukee over the weekend.

Right, Milwaukee. I was out there for Noir at the Bar which was very, very cool. I have a long attachment to the Milwaukee/Chicago crime writing scene, particularly Jon and Ruth Jordan of Crimespree Magazine who I consider my second family. I drove up Friday afternoon and left on Sunday morning. In between I talked books, comics, publishing, Mexican food, beer, liquor, movies and ice cream. I met with authors, editors, reviewers and book store owners (many of whom are in the photo above including the staff of Crimespree, the staff of Mystery One bookstore, authors Hilary Davidson and Matthew Clemens, and, of course, me) to talk about Exhibit A and our plans for world domination. I’m always so excited when I meet new people in person and they know about Exhibit A and are excited about what we’re doing. Aside from acquiring and publishing cool books, spreading the word about Exhibit A has been my biggest goal in my first year as editor. Next up on my world tour will be Phoenix ComicCon in a couple of weeks.

And it’s once again apparent to me how lucky I am to have this great life and get to meet all of these cool people. I’m selling Exhibit A as a lifestyle as much as individual books or authors so if you want to be part of the group, support us by buying our books, attending our events, or leaving us large sums of money in your will.

Speaking of buying our books, you know that Ex On The Beach promo I was nattering on about? That’s for the entire month, not just a week or two. Here are the books that you can have for the Low Low Price of $1.99

THE CLEARING   by Dan Newman
CLEAN BURN by Karen Sandler
THE VIEW FROM THE TOWER  by Charles Lambert
ROTTEN AT THE HEART by Bartholomew Daniels
BALLAD OF MILA by Matteo Strukel

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Cover Reveal: Surrender By Donna Malane

It’s cover reveal time again. I love doing these. This is an exciting time for the book and for the author and I’m always happy when we get to be part of it here at Exhibit A. Before we get to the reveal though, I wanted to do an update on the decision I made after the last reveal. If you’ll recall I gave you two different styles of reveals. First, there was the smaller cover with all of the buying info right there in the post. The second was a larger cover with a link to the buying info on another page. And the winner is: The Larger Cover. So without further delay, I present:


Available September 2014


Missing persons expert, Diane Rowe, is used to making sense of other people’s lives. It’s just a pity she’s not having much luck with her own.

The brutal murder of her little sister, Niki, and the break-up of her marriage have tested her usual tough optimism. When Niki’s killer turns up dead, Diane is determined to nail the truth, despite the best efforts of her policeman ex-husband to sideline her.

But uncovering Niki’s seedy past reveals truths and dangers she never expected – or wanted – to face. Diane is determined to make sense of it all – whatever it takes.

Get more info here.

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That’s Right: ANOTHER Rob Hart Book In The Pipeline

Here’ all the formal stuff about the signing, but all that really matters is we’ve locked up Rob Hart for another book. And not just any book, but a very, very cool book. Just go read the synopsis below. It’s a stripper western! This is cool.

Exhibit A Author Rob HartRob Hart: “My plan for the Ash McKenna books was both simple and ambitious—a new sub-genre for every book, following this brash and impulsive but well-meaning kid looking for his moral compass. I’m thrilled that the folks at Exhibit A are kind and generous (and insane) enough to put their faith in me for a second installment. In case anyone was wondering, New Yorked is hardboiled, and the sequel, City of Rose, is a western. But like how Road House is a western…”

Bryon Quertermous:“I came to mystery fiction through great series so as I’m building my list I’m always on the lookout for the next great series. When Rob Hart mentioned the idea he had for a sequel to NEW YORKED, I knew I had that great series. I’m proud of Rob and proud to be publishing City of Rose.”

Bree Ogden: “It’s so exciting to know that Ash McKenna’s able to spread his benignant mayhem across the states. He’s the anti-hero that every troubled girl needs in her corner but also the friend she has a maternal instinct for. Although Ash has a lot of growing up to do, he’s that great literary character who gives you all the feels. I’m thrilled that Exhibit A is giving Ash the chance to become the man that Rob Hart needs him to be.”

City Of Rose

Ash McKenna is living in Portland, bearing the scars of his mistakes, working as a bouncer at a vegan strip club. It’s a paradox for someone pursuing a life of non-violence, but given Portland’s genial atmosphere, he hasn’t had to hit anyone in months—and he’s quite happy about that.

So when Cordelia, one of the dancers at the club, asks for help finding her daughter, Ash is hesitant. It doesn’t even sound like a hard gig. The girl, Rose, was taken from daycare by Cordelia’s junkie ex-husband, and she doesn’t want to involve the cops. Compared to what he used to do, it sounds like cake. But he doesn’t want to go back to that life.

A few hours later, he’s tossed in a trunk, put on his knees behind a warehouse, and threatened at gunpoint to stay away from the girl. Instead of scaring him off, it pushes him to take the case. Facing unfamiliar terrain and a desire to keep things bloodless, Ash sets out to get the girl back. The hunt stretches from drug dens on the outskirts of town to the halls of government—and challenges his newfound philosophy of non-violence.

About Rob: ROB HART is the associate publisher at Mysterious Press, the class director at LitReactor, and co-host of LitReactor’s podcast, Unprintable. Previously, he has been a political reporter, the communications director for a politician, and a commissioner for the city of New York. He is previously the author of The Last Safe Place: A Zombie Novella, and his short stories have appeared in Shotgun Honey, Crime Factory, Thuglit, and Needle. His non-fiction has appeared on and various blogs.


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Happy Book Birthdays!

Hi folks!

As always it give me great pleasure to bring to you two new Exhibit A books!

This month’s new arrivals are Courier by Terry Irving and The Fourth Motive by Sean Lynch!

Check out the descriptions and sample chapters below and then get yourselves over to the Robot Trading Company to grab your copies!

Courier by Terry Irving

Courier by Terry IrvingThe First Book in the Freelancer Series

Get ready for the ride of your life…

It’s 1972. The Watergate scandal has Washington on edge. Rick Putnam, a Vietnam veteran and motorcycle courier for one of the capital’s leading television stations, is trying to get his life back together after his nightmarish ordeal in the war. But when Rick picks up film from a news crew interviewing a government worker with a hot story, his life begins to unravel as everyone involved in the story dies within hours of the interview and Rick realizes he is the next target.

Before Twitter and Facebook, the fastest way get a story on the news was on a BMW R50/2 motorbike. It was also the fastest way to get killed…

Courier is a political conspiracy thriller as exciting as Three Days of the Condor, with a lead as cool as Easy Rider, all set in Nixon-era Washington.

Written by a four-time Emmy award-winning writer and producer, this is a killer blend of action and surprise twists, certain to appeal to fans of James Ellroy and Dennis Lehane.

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The Fourth Motive by Sean Lynch

The Fourth Motive by Sean LynchThe Second Book in the Farrell and Kearns Detective Series

Whatever it takes…

Deputy District Attorney Paige Callen is being stalked, and the man stalking her is motivated, methodical, and relentless.

The police aren’t merely one step behind Paige’s stalker; they’re stumped. So Paige’s father, retired Judge ‘Iron Gene’ Callen, instead hires retired San Francisco P.D. Inspector turned private investigator Bob Farrell, to the dismay of the local police.

The cops know all-too-well Farrell’s reputation as a reckless wild card. Judge Callen, however, knows Farrell as a man who never lets the rules get in the way of getting the job done.

Farrell enlists the aid of former Iowa Deputy Kevin Kearns to help him protect Paige, and to stop a madman before she becomes a statistic. But to find her stalker, Farrell and Kearns must first learn why he’s launched his crusade; a journey none of them might survive.

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Apologies For My Failure And Some Design Notes

After failing to post last week for no real discernible reason. we’ll have another short post this week as I’m getting ready to head back to New York City tomorrow for Edgar Award Week. This is put on by The Mystery Writers of America, the premiere US writers organization for mystery and crime writers. Exhibit A has just been accepted as an MWA-Approved publisher, which I think is a pretty cool stamp of approval and more proof that we’re doing something right here. I’ll be attending cocktail parties galore, spreading the good word of Exhibit A.

I’ve decided to abandon the Tumblr experiment as I don’t have enough content to keep an active social media stream live, so I’ll just go to plan B and discuss design things here as they come up. Should be fun I think. I also updated the Facebook and Twitter headers with covers for our April/May/June books. I’d love to know what you all think of them.

Now I have to go warm this house up so I can get the feeling back in my hands. I can’t believe it’s still this cold at the end of April…

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Surrender by Donna Malane – Physical ARCs available!

Afternoon folks!

It’s only a couple of months until Surrender by Donna Malane comes out and because you’ve all been waiting so patiently we’ve decided to offer you all the chance to get your hands on some physical ARCs! (Note there will be eARCs on NetGalley at a later stage so please consider waiting for digital ARCs if that’s your reading preference).

Demand for this book is going to be high and numbers are limited so early requests are essential; send your request and postage information to me The ARCs are available to our UK and US readers and there will be a few, limited, international copies up for grabs too.

And just in case you aren’t already frantically filling out your request, here is some info on the book to convince you!

Surrender by Donna Malane

The Author, Donna MalaneA detective as tough as the country she comes from…

Missing persons expert, Diane Rowe, is used to making sense of other people’s lives. It’s just a pity she’s not having much luck with her own.

The brutal murder of her little sister, Niki, and the break-up of her marriage have tested her usual tough optimism. When Niki’s killer turns up dead, Diane is determined to nail the truth, despite the best efforts of her policeman ex-husband to sideline her.

But uncovering Niki’s seedy past reveals truths and dangers she never expected – or wanted – to face. Diane is determined to make sense of it all – whatever it takes.

Please remember to email your blog / review outlet, links, stats, POSTAL ADDRESS, whether you’re interested in participating in a blog tour with Donna, organising bookshop and library appearances and any other interesting ideas that you’d like to throw at us! As always, there are limited numbers so do get your requests in nice and early!

Due to the high volume of requests we’re expecting please be aware that it may not be possible to reply to every request, however, all successful requests will be answered. Also, as we’ll soon have the cover for this incredible book, please do send in your COVER REVEAL requests!

Thanks everyone!

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Nik Korpon Joins the EA Posse of Literary Thugs*

Exhibit A Books is excited to announce our latest acquisition, World Rights from Brooks Sherman (The Bent Agency) for Nik Korpon’s Fait Ave (April 2015), in which a morally upright thief, attempting to protect his family, ends up in the middle of a drug turf war.

Nik_Korpon_HeadshotNik Korpon: “I’m incredibly excited to have found a home at Exhibit A. I admire the writers they publish and to be included in their company is an honor. With their progressive approach to publishing, I think Exhibit A is the future of crime fiction, and I’m just happy to be along for the ride.”

Bryon Quertermous: “As we continue to add phenomenal writers to the Exhibit A list, I’m happy that Nik Korpon gets to be part of that group. It’s not smart to play favorites with my authors, but Nik is by far the best writer we’ve signed this week.”

Fait Ave:

A literary noir novel that crosses the moral journey of Breaking Bad with the neighborhood intrigues of Tana French’s Faithful Place. 

Elroy is a morally-upright thief who is struggling to move his family away from the city, out to where all the corners are cul-de-sacs. This requires him to spend a lot of time away from home, straining his relationship with his precocious son Elijah and precariously-sober wife Denise. One night, he discovers a hidden cache of jewelry behind his basement wall and thinks he’s finally gotten a bit of a break. But when that jewelry hurls him into the middle of a turf war between a local kingpin and a crooked cop who just happens to be Elroy’s godbrother, Elroy is forced to choose between his family and his honor.

About Nik: Nik Korpon is the author of Stay God, Sweet Angel; Fight Card: Punching Paradise; Bar Scars: Stories and Old Ghosts. His stories blackened eyes in Needle Magazine, Shotgun Honey, Crime Factory, Yellow Mama and Noir Nation, among others. He is an associate editor at Dark House Press. He lives in Baltimore.

Nik Korpon writes crime books. They’ve got red on them. He lives in Baltimore.

Rights Queries: Please contact Ellena Johnstone for all translation and audio rights queries:


*Phrase coined by one Sean Lynch
Disclaimer: all EA authors/editors/associates are in no way thuggish and are lovely people….promise…

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Special ‘Stalk Me’ Signing

Stalk Me by Richard ParkerAt Exhibit A we like to keep you up to date with all the exciting news involving our books and authors.

On the 3rd of April Richard Parker hosted a “raucous” special signing of Stalk Me. The event involved a reading by Richard, excellent company and, of course, plenty autographing action. Certainly a great time as had by all!

We’ve got a couple of photos from the event below, have a look and make sure to head to Richard Parker Events to see even more and hear from Richard himself on how the evening went.

And in case you don’t know what Stalk Me is all about, head over to its book page to find out, or dive over to the Robot Trading Company to grab yourself a copy!


Richard overjoyed to hear his books gave this reader nightmares!


Richard giving his reading


We can all agree he’s earned that one!

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Jon Reznick returns! Find him on NetGalley

Listen up Exhibit A fans,

If you loved Hard Road by J.B. Turner then get yourself over to NetGalley today to request the eARC for the second Jon Reznick thriller, Hard Kill!

The book went live today, so follow the link below and get logged into NetGalley for you chance to get your hands on it.

And just in case, for some crazy reason, you’re still not sure you want it, check out the description below.

Happy reading guys!

Hard Kill by J.B. Turner


Hard Kill by J. B. TurnerAn American diplomat goes missing and ex-Special Forces operative Jon Reznick joins a top secret team, led by FBI Assistant Director Martha Meyerstein, to help track him down.

The team believes that there may be a terrorist group – perhaps Islamists – who have kidnapped him, as the diplomat’s area of expertise is the Persian Gulf. But Reznick is training his sights on an unlikely candidate – a leading Washington DC surgeon.

But as the team itself comes under attack, and the 9/11 commemoration approaches, it becomes clear that the kidnapping is part of a much bigger plot, one that threatens not only New York, but the whole country too.

A pulse-pounding, high-octane thriller, for fans of Harlan Coben, Simon Kernick, Gregg Hurwitz and C. J. Box.

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