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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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Sex, Drugs, and Executions: Author Tom Vater Talks Inspiration For His New Book

I know I’m not supposed to have favorites as editor here at Exhibit A Books, but the cover and packaging of Tom Vater’s books are among the best across the entire Angry Robot family. It certainly helps that the stories between the covers are just as cool. In this guest post, he talks about secret wars and his inspiration for his latest book, The Man With the Golden Mind, available now from Exhibit A Books. 

From 1965 to 1973, as the US waged war in Vietnam, a much quieter but no less deadly conflict was fought in neighboring Laos. As President Kennedy announced that the US respected Laos’ neutrality and had withdrawn all its troops, the CIA trained a mercenary army of 30.000 men and children of ethnic minorities and sent them into battle against the Laotian communists. The heart of the American secret war was Long Cheng, a top secret airbase deep in the Laotian jungles, and for a time the world’s busiest airport with more than 400 daily flights distributing troops, munitions, drugs and food across the north of the country. In the later stages of the conflict, the US carpet bombed Laos, killing tens of thousands of Laotians and leaving tons of unexploded ordnance in the soil that continue to claim hundreds of victims a year.

With my brother, film maker Marc Eberle, I co-wrote a feature documentary on the secret war, The Most Secret Place on Earth ( and had the opportunity to meet some of the players involved in the conflict. This intimate relationship with an exquisite slice of 20th century secret history led me to use the secret war as historical backdrop for The Man with the Golden Mind.

Detective Maier is on his way to Laos to solve the 25 year old murder of an East German cultural attaché. But before he can set off, his client, the dead man’s daughter is kidnapped right under his nose in a swish Hamburg hotel. As soon as Maier reaches the Laotian capital Vientiane, he realizes that there‘s more to the case than an old murder.

His kidnapped client, the US government, the Laotian and Vietnamese secret services, remnants of the erstwhile US mercenaries and a feisty young Laotian woman are all on the trail of a file of cold war secrets and its creator, a man called Weltmeister, a former US assassin no one has heard of in a quarter century.

When Weltmeister drifts into the picture like a chimera, betrayed and vengeful, Maier is forced to examine old history, especially his own, in order to make sense of the present. All roads lead to Long Cheng, the former CIA airbase and a very personal encounter with America’s deadliest assassin.

All this might sound a tad too meditative for a spy thriller, but fear not, there’s plenty of sex, drugs, assassinations, executions, kidnapping, double-crosses and other darkness-tinged exotica along the way to keep readers in search of an action fix on Maier’s side. And in an all out explosive finale, the most infamous of former US foreign secretaries makes an appearance. Which makes me wonder, in passing, who will be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize this year?

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Happy Book Birthdays!

It is an exciting day at Exhibit A as we get the celebrate the launch of not one, but two brilliant books!

Rotten at the Heart by Bartholomew Daniels

First up is Rotten at the Heart, the intriguing and utterly unique debut novel from Bartholomew Daniels!

RottenAtTheHeart-300dpiEditWho better to solve a crime than the keenest observer of human nature in history?

Rotten at the Heart is the first in a series of Shakespearean mysteries featuring and narrated by the Bard himself.

London, 1596. With his patron’s mysterious death leaving Will on the brink of ruin and eviction, he’s forced to fall back on his own inimitable powers of observation in order to ferret out the killer and in so doing unravel a conspiracy that goes straight to the beating heart of the court of Queen Elizabeth I.

Rooted in historical fact and written in Will’s own accessibly Elizabethan voice, Rotten At the Heart explores the intersection of religion, politics, and corruption, and underscores the sacrifices that honour demands when a troubled man finally discovers his own.

Introducing Wm. Shakespeare: Detective.

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The Man with the Golden Mind by Tom Vater

Our second book birthday today belongs The Man with the Golden Mind, by Tom Vater, the fantastic sequel to The Camdodian Book of the Dead!

The Man With The Golden Mind by Tom Vater“In trouble again… and a long way from home…”

Julia Rendel asks Maier to investigate the twenty-five year old murder of her father, an East German cultural attaché who was killed near a fabled CIA airbase in central Laos in 1976. But before the detective can set off, his client is kidnapped right out of his arms.

Maier follows Julia’s trail to the Laotian capital Vientiane, where he learns different parties, including his missing client are searching for a legendary CIA file crammed with Cold War secrets. But the real prize is the file’s author, a man codenamed Weltmeister, a former US and Vietnamese spy and assassin no one has seen for a quarter century.


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Both promise to be incredible reads that you definitely shouldn’t miss! But in case you can’t get straight to your nearest bookshop or onto the Robot Trading Company website just yet, below is a sample chapter from each book to tide you over!

Happy reading guys!

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Watch Out! Mila is Slashing and Shooting Her Way to the Movies!

Hi Everyone,

Not content with the Italian Mafia, Mila Zago has set her sights on a new target, the silver screen!

The Ballad of Mila’s author, Matteo Strukul, has teamed up with Lyda Patitucci to create this incredible teaser trailer for a potential movie about Mila!

The trailer has proved so popular that not only did it win The Best Pitch Trailer award at this year’s Trailer FilmFest Awards but it has also led to the both The Ballad of Mila and its sequel being optioned for movies!

Watch the trailer below and let us know what you think.


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Matthew C. Funk Joins the Exhibit A Ranks

Exhibit A Books Sign Matthew C. Funk

Exhibit A Books is excited to announce our latest acquisition, English Language Rights from Stacia Decker (Donald Maass Literary Agency) for Matthew C. Funk’s The City of NO (March 2015), a stylishly cool novel, set in New Orleans.

funk-e1357188327577Matthew C. Funk: “The most exciting part of this entire pulse-blasting process was when I learned Bryon was the man at the helm for my book’s home. It made informing my immediate family a far more complicated and delightful process, as I had to narrate my history with him and the inspiration it lends to our collaboration. That’s all a long-hand way of saying, I’m thrilled to the gills to be working with Bryon and Exhibit A.”

Bryon Quertermous: “I’ve known Matthew for a while through the broader crime fiction community so I’m excited for the opportunity to work with him on this very cool novel. I think Matthew and Angry Robot/Exhibit A are a great fit for each other.”

Stacia Decker: “I’m very pleased that Matthew Funk and Jari Jurgis have found a home with the innovative publishers at Exhibit A. Fans of Matt’s prolific short work will be blown away by this powerful, affecting novel, and Exhibit A has proven itself to be the right publisher to bring it to them.”

The City of NO:

Police Detective Jari Jurgis came to New Orleans to save the poor and downtrodden. Instead she lost herself—first to the drug dealers determined to control her, then to her desire for retribution. Now, surrounded by corruption as constant and suffocating as the sweltering summer heat, Jari is a rogue cop cruising the cracked and decaying post-Katrina streets on her own mission: hunting down the men who made her as broken as her city and putting them in as much pain as she’s in.

But Jari finds a new mission when she discovers dozens of young women have been lost in the New Orleans Parish Prison system—their records washed away by the storm, and their fates determined by officials targeted by a new, foreign influx of human traffickers. To save these women, Jari will have to decide whether to trust a criminal kingpin who’s already brought bloodshed and regret to her doorstep. More important, she’ll have to face up to her own true goal—and how far she’s willing to go to achieve it.

About Matthew:

Matthew C. Funk is a social media consultant and professional marketing copywriter. He is an editor of Needle Magazine, editor of the Genre section of the critically acclaimed zine, FictionDaily, and a staff writer for Planet Fury and Criminal Complex. Winner of the 2010 Spinetingler Award for Best Short Story on the Web, Funk has work featured at numerous sites indexed on his Web domain and printed in Needle, Grift, Pulp Modern, Pulp Ink and D*CKED. 

A graduate of the University of Southern California’s Masters of Professional Writing MFA Program, he has been a managing editor on two literary magazines – “Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables” at Kenyon College and “Phylegeas” at USC.

Advance Praise:

“A powerful novel of New Orleans. Gets the place and its people exactly right. One couldn’t ask for more.”—Randy Newman, Oscar-winner

City of No is a breathtaking debut—bursting with both rage and violence as well as compassion and heart. One of the best first novels I’ve read in years.”—Duane Swierczynski, Shamus and Anthony Award-winning author of Fun & Games and Hell & Gone

“Matthew has a uniquely compelling voice, and in this book, he delivers the gritty post-Katrina New Orleans in blazing technicolor so vivid you’ll feel the sweat, the grime, and the chaos climb inside your skin. The fascinating characters he’s created have a visceral impact and their stories are unforgettable and haunting.”—Marcia Clark, author of Guilt By Association

Rights Queries: Please contact Stacia Decker for all film, translation and merchandise rights queries:

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Media Round Up 07/03/2014

Hi Everyone,

You join us in the midst of exciting times at Exhibit A, where a celebratory mood is sweeping through our offices.

Why are we celebrating? The answer is simple, despite being the youngest member of our imprint family, we have proven our ability to bring you gripping and high quality reads and as such can now provide you with seconds and sequels to books that have taken over all our lives!

In honour of this the round up today is dedicated to two such books, Greed by Dan O’Shea and Stalk Me by Richard Parker.

Greed follows O’Shea’s incredible generation spanning novel Penance whilst Stalk Me comes after the equally impressive Scare Me which was, for those new to us, Exhibit A’s first title! Understandably these new books are very important to us and have a lot to live up to, so without further a do, lets see what people said about them!


Greed by Dan O’Shea

Greed 200x300“O’Shea never makes a false step or misses a beat—the tone and attitude of each player is pitch-perfect, the action both intense and believable, and every character, big or small, reeks of authenticity…Greed is a thriller of the highest order, and you will be making a grave mistake if you don’t read this adrenaline-fueled adventure.” – Elizabeth A. White 

“More of a “the next adventure” than a direct sequel, O’Shea proves that the success of PENANCE was no mere beginners luck. You’ll stand up and cheer, because O’Shea has made his laundry list of characters and puzzle pieces of plot points work so well.” – Crimespree Magazine 


Stalk Me by Richard Parker

Stalk Me by Richard Parker“Richard Parker thrilled us with Stop Me and Scare Me, and he has hit the heights yet again with this, his third stand-alone novel.  Stalk Me will draw you in, it will excite you, it will upset you, and it will terrify you.  Most definitely another must-read from Richard Parker.” – Crimespace 

“Richard Parker writes the kind of book that I love to read. He creates these intense scenes of fear and panic that jump from the pages and strangle you! He did it with Scare Me and he has done it again with Stalk Me.” – Redhead Reader Book Blog

“Like SCARE ME, author Richard Parker has written another edge of your seat thriller that, if anything else builds upon his capacity to spin an utterly engrossing and complex thriller.” – Just A Guy That Likes To Read 

“Author Richard Parker has a knack for writing books that will keep you not only on the edge of your seat but also finding it impossible to put down .  This book is no exception.” – Martha A Cheves


So it sounds like the new additions to Exhibit A annals didn’t disappoint! And the excitement doesn’t stop there, stick with us because this year we’ve got more sequels and seconds coming your way from our brilliant authors, as well more fantastic brand new books of course!

Whatever you do don’t let the Exhibit A homepage out of your site for moment!

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The View from Rome: Charles Lambert Launch Post

Charles Lambert’s The View From The Tower was recently – and rightly! – described by none-other-than Ann Cleeves as “honest, sharp, beautifully written”, and whilst we were all shivering in cold Britain and hiding from the snow in wintery America, Charles and his wonderful agent Isobel Dixon were enjoying the sights and sounds of Rome for the official launch of The View From The Tower. Here, Charles brings the night to life for those of us not lucky to attend. Grab a mug of tea – maybe even a choccy biscuit – and have a break! Over to you, Charles:

The View From The Tower 200x300When I first moved to Rome, and knew no one, I used to eat in what may have been the cheapest trattoria the city had to offer, a place called Mario’s (yes, with the apostrophe ‘s’, a wink perhaps to impoverished foreigners) in Via del Moro, a narrow street running up from the river to Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere. I was back in Via del Moro on Wednesday evening, not at Mario’s (although I was momentarily tempted to nip in for a plate of spaghetti aglio olio) but a few doors further up, at No. 45, at the Almost Corner Bookshop. It’s my favourite independent bookshop in Rome, run by Anita and Dermot, who helped me out with launches of earlier books of mine, and were the obvious people to turn to when I decided to have a Rome launch for The View from the Tower. The View from the Tower isn’t just set in Rome, it’s imbued with the city. I like to think you could use the novel to guide yourself around whole swathes of the capital should you feel so inclined. The square beneath Helen’s apartment, where the novel opens, is just on the other side of the river, a few minutes’ walk away. It felt like taking the novel home.

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Exhibit A Presents: Concrete Angel by Patricia Abbott

It’s a busy day at Exhibit A HQ today as we have not just one new title to tell you about, but two! Earlier we brought you New Yorked by Rob Hart, now we have a powerful psychological mystery about a woman who always gets what she wants…

Exhibit A Books is thrilled to announce the acquisition of Concrete Angel from Patricia Abbott (World English). With extraordinary vivid central characters, Concrete Angel is a remarkable debut and one we are very excited to be bringing to you, in Winter 2015. 

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