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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: Phoenix Photos Edition

We’ve got a quick post this week because I feel awful. I won’t get into how my wife had to have emergency surgery while I was away or how I caught some kind of bug and threw up twice on the plane ride home. What I will do is share photos. The internet reception in the convention center sucked so all of the fun photos we took during our time down there were lost when we tried to share them on Facebook or Twitter. One or two popped up, but never enough and never at the right time. So here are three of my favorites. We’ve got Chuck Wendig and Wesley Chu signing for fans, Lee Harris eating a pizza and Mike Underwood, well Mike Underwood being Mike Underwood.




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From The Editor: A House For Writers By Writers


Seems like a while since I’ve posted one of these on a Monday, but it’s good to be back on our regular schedule. Later this week I’ll be joining Angry Robot Senior Editor Lee Harris and US Sales and Marketing Manager Mike Underwood in Arizona for Phoenix Comic-Con. As we look to expand the audience for Exhibit A beyond the core mystery audience and try to cross-pollinate with with the Angry Robot audience, these types of events will be key to that expansion. But what I think is really cool is that Mike and Lee are on the bill as authors (I came in at the last minuet so I’ll just be hanging around annoying people).

So Mike and Lee are authors, you know I’m an author, right? But did you also know that our grand leader, Marc Gascoigne got his start as a writer as well. I believe it was cook books and religious novels or some such (it was actually for Games Workshop, FYI). So that’s 4 of the main 6 staffers with backgrounds as published authors and I think it shows in how we operate. We have writer-friendly contracts, a writer-friendly publishing schedule, and a writer-friendly attitude. That’s one of the reasons why we have a number of what I call Writer’s Writers. The folks like Chuck Wendig, Adam Christopher, and Rob Hart who talk about the writing process as much as the writing product and who are invested in helping newer writers find their way through the maze.

As the future of publishing changes, a house built by writers for writers has a much better chance of success I think. Even looking back to most of the houses that comprise the Big Five these days, they started off built around writers and to get their unique works into the world. Tell me about your favorite writers who also work in publishing or started their own publishing companies.

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Happy Book Birthday!

This month’s book birthday belongs to a very special man, ex-Special Forces operative Jon Reznick!

That’s right, this month’s brand new title is the second Jon Reznick Thriller, Hard Kill by J.B. Turner!

You can grab your copy right now at  the Robot Trading Company!

Happy reading folks!

Hard Kill by J.B. Turner

Hard Kill by J. B. Turner

The Second Jon Reznick Thriller…

An 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.

US/CAN Print
Date: 27th May 2014
ISBN: 9781909223493
Format: Small (Mass-market) Paperback
R.R.P.: US$7.99 CAN$9.99

Date: 27th May 2014
ISBN: 9781909223509
Format: Epub & Mobi
R.R.P.: £5.49 / US$6.99

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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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Media Round Up 09/05/14

Hi folks,

Its round up time once more and this week we’re going to look at what you’ve all been saying about three great Exhibit A books: Courier by Terry Irving, Rotten at the Heart by Bartholomew Daniels and The Fourth Motive by Sean Lynch!

Courier by Terry Irving

Courier by Terry IrvingCourier is a gritty and gripping political thriller that takes the reader on one hell of a roller coaster ride. From Vietnam to the White House, Nixon to Watergate, author Terry Irving transports the reader back to 1972 Washington D.C., an era of turmoil in US history.” – Jersey Girl Book Reviews

“A 21st century blend of raw Shakespearean humor with Thomas Wolff social commentary. Vivid scenes that bring throbbing motorcycles drama to a level of detail and reality that underlie the autobiographical elements of the novel. A captivating read. I couldn’t put the book down.” – Anthony Root (Goodreads)

“A memorable, exhilarating action thriller that not only becomes a page turner, but might be an alternative history that helps set the record straight! Loved it!” – Book Readers Heaven

Courier moves at a pretty fast speed and keeps the reader fully engaged and on the edge of their seat. The writing was stellar throughout the entire book. Irving is such an amazing author that I could practically feel the wind blowing through my hair as the main character, Rick Putnam, raced up and down back alleys and busy streets.” – Little Miss Bookmark

Courier is Terry Irving’s debut novel and it is fantastic. This book is a fast paced thriller that once I started it, I could not put it down. The twists and turns throughout the book kept me guessing until the end.” – For the Love of Books 

“The storytelling in Courier mesmerizes, and you’ll be left reeling with all the unexpected turns. If you love Historical Political Thrillers and a wild ride into your imagination, you’ll absolutely love this book.” – Like a Bump on the Blog

Rotten at the Heart by Bartholomew Daniels

Rotten At The Heart by Bartholomew Daniels“This was a delightful story and action-packed mystery.  The door has been left open for more William Shakespeare: Detective novels, and I’ll gladly spend time with the Bard on another adventure. Looking for a good book?  Shakespeare as a detective, as told by Bartholomew Daniels, is well written and a delight to read.” – Looking for a Good Book 


“Bartholomew Daniels has taken Shakespeare and turned him into a private eye. When I first read the description at NetGalley I knew I had to request a copy–so very glad I did…Looking forward to more” – M.E. Welman

“This was a beautifully written novel that takes us back to the Elizabethan era. I tip my hat to Bartholomew for this unique, yet entertaining, novel. I highly recommend it to any person that loves Shakespeare.” – Michelle Turlock Isler (Goodreads)

“Start to finish everything about it is an entertaining and impressively well written book, especially as he’s trying to replicate an Elizabethan era…beautifully written and impressive social commentary 4.5 stars” – Booked Pocast

The Fourth Motive by Sean Lynch

The Fourth Motive by Sean Lynch“A great police procedural/thriller that will keep readers engrossed from the first page” – Cayocosta72 

“Sean Lynch has delivered another solidly entertaining novel. Farrell and Kearns are back. If you enjoyed book one then you’ll definitely get a kick out of book two.” – The Eloquent Page

“Bob Farrell is in fine form, drinking whiskey, talking smack, and backing it all up against corrupt cops and anyone else who gets in the way.” – Dangerous Dan’s Book Blog

“It is a fast-paced read, and I would recommend it. Can’t wait for the next one in the series.” – Books Galore


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From The Editor: Ex on the Beach

14064083835_b8e3b4cc67_zYesterday was a bank holiday in the UK so they were mostly shut down and I decided why post if nobody is going to see it. I love how the UK doesn’t bother coming up with stupid holiday themes like we do in the US. If they decide they need a vacation, the just do it. Bam.

I spent the last week in New York City for the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award Week and it was fun and educational. I also got to spend some time in Osprey’s old stopping grounds in Long Island City, which is where that pic was taken from my hotel window. I know a lot of smaller publishers, especially those of the noir or darker crime bent, are pretty vocal in the distrust and hatred of the publishing establishment, but I’ve always seen Exhibit A as having the best of both worlds. First, despite the rash of noir signings, that’s not all Exhibit A is. You’ll be excited by some of the signings we’ll be announcing soon that begin to take my Exhibit A in some new directions. Second, we’re not exactly a small press. Though we have the fun nature and quirky sensibilities of a small press and the flexibility to buy books we’re passionate about that might not be huge sellers, we’re also distributed by Random House and nicely capitalized by our corporate overlords at Osprey Publishing.  Finally, I’m still a big believer in and fan of the traditional system. I love all of the exciting possibilities offered by technology and new sales and marketing models, but I also don’t think this business is as screwed up or behind the times as some people think.

So it’s important to me for us to be viewed as a legitimate member of the crime fiction publishing community and Mystery Writers of America is a main anchor of that community. We worked hard to become an MWA-approved publisher so our authors can join based on their sales to us and so we can submit eligible for work Edgar Award consideration. This week was my first chance to make the rounds of MWA since that approval and I was so happy to see how excited MWA leadership is about what Exhibit A is doing. There is a strong belief among many  that we are filling a sizable, but under-served, niche in the community between massive blockbusters and  hyper-segmented niche publishing.

One other thing that I will talking a lot about this month, is our Ex on the Beach promotion. We did this last year and it worked out really, really well. For the month of May, you can load up your ereader with great summer reading as selected Exhibit A titles will be price slashed to $1.99 for THE WHOLE MONTH. What titles, you ask?

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

Go check them out. Tell all your friends!

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Special Motorcycle Launch Event for Courier by Terry Irving

Are you excitedly waiting to get your hands on Courier by Terry Irving? Or have you already grabbed yourself a copy and decided to spend the rest of your life on a motorcycle? Do you live in or near Falls Church Virginia?

Courier by Terry IrvingIf you answered ‘Yes’ to questions above then you’re in luck,  because you can attend the official launch and signing on May 10th, attended by Terry himself!

Get yourself over to Coleman Power Sports, 435 S Washington St Falls Church, VA 22046 between 10am and 4pm to see Terry and a load of motorbikes!

The event is being run with Eagle PowerMotorcycle Rentals and half the profits from the books sold will be donated to “Ride for Kids” an organisation that raises money for the Pediatric Brain Tumour Foundation.

So an exciting event supporting a great cause!

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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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