Joel Sorrell will return after world rights were sold to Titan Books for Blonde on a Stick plus two further novels. A revised edition of Blonde on a Stick (containing a new short story, Do Not Resuscitate) is to be published in November 2015 under the new title Dust and Desire. Book two in the series, Sonata of the Dead, will be published in July 2016 and Hell is Empty will follow in November 2016*.
I’m thrilled that Joel will be given a new lease of life at Titan, an exciting, energetic publisher with a fine stable of authors and a deep love for and commitment to genre. I’d always envisaged Joel belonging to a sequence of books, so this deal will give me a great opportunity to develop him, and the narrative arc underpinning the series.
Editor Miranda Jewess said: ‘I’m incredibly pleased to say that Titan Books have acquired Conrad Williams’ fabulous Joel Sorrell thriller series, a dream of mine since I first met Conrad and discovered a fellow crime enthusiast. We’ll be publishing in both the US and UK, so an American audience will get a chance to meet Joel, and with two brand new books in the series planned, British readers will finally find out what happened after Joel’s last adventure, not a moment too soon.’
*All dates/titles to be confirmed.