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Exhibit A Presents: Dark Digital Sky by Carac Allison

We are excited to announce Carac Allison has joined the Exhibit A Posse of Literary Thugs. Signed from Ethan Ellenberg (Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency) for one book (World English), Dark Digital Sky will be published in May, 2015.

Carac Allison
Carac Allison

Carac Allison: “I am thrilled to be working with the passionate professionals at Exhibit A to bring my LA Private Investigator Chalk to life in Dark Digital Sky.

Bryon Quertermous:“I’m so excited to be working with Carac who brings the cool pulpy spirit of my old PI idols into the next generation with some high tech gadgets and cases that address modern security and identity issues. Exhibit A readers are in for a treat when this book hits the streets.”

Ethan Ellenberg: “I’m very excited to be celebrating the sale of Dark Digital Sky by Carac Allison to his new publisher partner Exhibit A.  This is a compelling book by a debut author who is a master of suspense.  We are looking forward to the start of a long, successful partnership.”


Dark Digital Sky:


A gripping high-tech crime novel mixing the pulpy spirit of the past and the security threats of today

Chalk is an ex-FBI agent whose specializations are cults and computer forensics. The tools of his trade as a PI are a Porsche 911, an unregistered Glock, modified cellphones, radios, and an eclectic collection of computers. He suffers from bipolar disorder, lives alone and hopes, one day, to be able to see his son without the constraints placed on him by the courts.

Chalk’s mission is simple: find three biological sons of one of Hollywood’s sleazy successes whose origins lie in a sperm bank donation he made decades ago. Chalk finds all three, each as twisted as the father in very different ways. It seems his task is complete when Chalk discovers all three are being recruited by a demented General who is looting vast pharmaceutical warehouses and planning a major domestic terror attack.

As Chalk digs further into the brothers’ plot, he uncovers a secret military weapons program embedded deep in the Hollywood special effects and technology industry. It will take every bit of techno savvy he has to strip away the illusions and the politics and find the real source of the threat.

About Carac: Carac started playing with PET and Tandy computers when he was a young teen. He learned to write on a Commodore 64 but he was never much of a programmer. When he finished his undergraduate degree, Carac started working for the University of Western Ontario as a low level clerk. He went on to found the Web and IT Team in Student Services and has directed projects on database security, electronic data interchange, mobile devices and distributed online identity. As a member of Western’s Information Group on Security, the Risk Assessment team and an investigator in student hacking cases, he has seen the good, the bad and the ugly of the digital frontier.

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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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The Professor is today’s Kindle US Daily Deal

The Professor by Robert BaileyGood Morning Exhibit A fans,

Exciting news at Amazon where The Professor by Robert Bailey is today’s Kindle US Daily Deal!

So jump over there and get yourselves a copy for $1.99!


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Cover Reveal #2: Diary of a Murderer by John Matthews

So you though the excitement from yesterday was over? Ha. We have even more TODAY. And with this cover reveal you get to be part of the process. Check out yesterday’s reveal to see how these normally look. You look? So you see the smaller cover and the description and then all of the buying info? Well I want to try something different and I want you to tell me which you prefer. So first, here’s a brief description of the book:

New York, 1891. Aristocratic English pathologist Finley Jameson and streetwise New York cop Joseph Argenti begin their second adventure together investigating a high society poisoning. But when the daughter of a prominent banker dies in broad daylight from a sudden heart attack, their case takes a curious turn.

Jameson and Argenti investigate deeper to see how many apparently accidental deaths amongst the city’s rulers might actually have had far more sinister causes.

As their investigation intensifies, and the sinister link between the victims emerges, Jameson and Argenti worry that the question isn’t now whether there is a serial murderer on the loose, but how many.

And here’s the cover. Big. With the buying info on a separate page.


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Cover Reveal #1: A Death Owed God by Bartholomew Daniels

Last year Exhibit A author Daniel O’Shea introduced us to his friend Bartholomew Daniels and some manuscripts he had come into possession of detailing the detective adventures of one William Shakespeare. We are proud to present this beautiful cover for the second adventure, A Death Owed God, coming in January 2015.


 His previous services having earned him the goodwill of both the queen and Baron Hundson, the queen’s Lord Chamberlain and his sponsor, William Shakespeare and his troupe are now a fixture performing at court.

Shakespeare is approached after a performance by Bessie Crumb, lover of his recently murdered friend Christopher Marlowe, with what she claims is Marlowe’s last play. When Crumb is found dead and Marlowe’s young son goes missing, the Bard again finds himself acting in the uncomfortable role of detective, trying to uncover the truth behind Bessie’s death – and the murder of Marlowe himself. Shakespeare follows a trail of past sins and present plots to the heart of Elizabeth’s court, increasingly certain that this tale can end only with a royal head on a scaffold or his own in a noose.

Book Info:

UK Print
Date: 1st January 2015
ISBN: 9781909223639
Format: Medium (B-Format) Paperback
R.R.P.: £8.99

US/CAN Print
Date: 30 December 2014
ISBN: 9781909223646
Format: Mass Market Paperback
R.R.P.: US$7.99 CAN$9.99

Date: 30th December 2014
ISBN: 9781909223653
Format: Epub & Mobi
R.R.P.: £5.49 / US$6.99

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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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From the Editor: So Much Exciting News, My Oh My.

My daughter is already hard at work on her open door manuscript

My daughter is already hard at work on her open door manuscript

We have a lot going on here at the site today with a couple of cool cover reveals and a big announcement about a new author signing, so I’m not going to talk long. I just wanted to make the official announcement that Exhibit A Books will be doing an Open Door submission period in six months. We’re still working out the details and getting the submissions system ready to go, but this is your cue to get those manuscripts finished and polished so you can send them to us. At this point I don’t think there is going to be a specific theme, I’m just looking for great crime books.

While we put together the final details, check out this piece called So You Want To Be An Open Door Success where winners from our sister imprints describe how they got to where they are. And of course keep checking back here for more details.

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From the Editor: Let’s Talk Covers and Stealing From Other Artists

The Man With The Golden Mind by Tom Vater Rotten At The Heart by Bartholomew DanielsThis is Tuesday, not Monday. You may be confused (and possibly inconsolable) because there was no post from me yesterday. I’d like to say there’s some grand excuse for it, but I just plain forgot. Well, that’s not actually true. I truly thought I had written this post already and posted it but never bothered to check. I’m a genius, I know.

So let’s talk about design. Book covers specifically (you’ll notice two of our more recent covers off to the side there). I love book covers. I love browsing the book store and looking at what other publishers are doing. Some are very good and some are very bad, but the vast majority are a mix of the two. So far I think Exhibit A has done some pretty cool covers. But as I’m settling in to the role and starting to feel my independence, I’ve been talking to Marc more and more about my specific ideas for what I want in Exhibit A covers.

When we start the cover process, I usually email the author and the agent and get their thoughts (one of the benefits of being a smaller publisher btw) and then I write up my notes and send the designed some sample covers or other images. At first I was only sending covers of books that were similar to the one we were publishing, but lately I’ve been including book covers and movie posters for unrelated work that I think would work well with the book at hand. When Marc and I were in NYC we spend an hour or so just going through cover images from books and albums as well as movie posters to get a sense of what we are looking for in an Exhibit A book. I’ll be discussing this more in-depth over the next few months and maybe doing a full behind the scenes look at out cover process.

For now though, I’ve set up a Tumblr account where I’ll be posting what’s inspiring me and what I’m sending to our cover designers. It’s still rough as Tumblr is being a giant meanie about a typo in the email address I registered with, but check back regularly to see if it ever gets up and running.

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