The Borders staff in Farmington Hills, Michigan was busy adding additional seating for the fans and friends who turned out to hear Jill and me during our kick-off signing event for The Book of Names.
Rowohlt has gone back to press for the third time since Das Buch der Namen was released (in early December 2006), bringing their total copies in print to 155,00. In mid-January, 2007, the thriller had reached #14 on the best seller lists.
It's a thriller lover's dream - the chance to win 150 novels by some of the biggest and best thriller authors in the business. That's right, 150. And an autographed copy of The Book of Names is one of them!
Das Buch der Namen--the German language edition of The Book of Names--was Rowohlt's December, 2006, lead title. With 80,000 copies in print, it became a bestseller, and has fluctuated among the top 100 selling books on Amazon.de and other German online bookstores.
In October, Jill and I spent two days with our audio publisher, Brilliance Audio, in Grand Haven, Michigan.
"Compulsively readable." "Convincing characters." "Rapidly moving plot." "Non-stop, nail-biting read." "Fascinating characters." "Intricately plotted." "Relentless and riveting." "Intriguing." "Unforgettable." "Intelligent suspense thriller." "Flawless, erudite and un-put-downable." "The ultimate seductive read."
Wow. Advance praise like that can render a writer wordless.
My writing partner Jill Gregory and I are ecstatic over the initial reviews of our debut thriller, The Book of Names, which St. Martin's Press published in hardcover on January 9, 2007.
Trapped has been optioned for a movie. Screenwriter Martin Garner has written the script and I couldn't be more thrilled with his version.