On the night Odie May and her married lover are due to celebrate him leaving his wife, Odie goes out to buy a bottle of his favourite wine and, on her way home, is murdered by a woman in a lime green coat. But Odie’s story does not end there…
Next, she finds herself in a waiting room with a man who introduces himself as Carl Draper and who tells her he is her Initial Contact. He is carrying a clipboard and invites her into an interview room. Over the course of her interview, Carl guides Odie back through the years, asking her about the significant others in her life in a quest to work out what she’s done wrong, who might have murdered her and why.
As Odie comes to realise the truth about herself, the life she’s led and her death, she's given a choice: Carl can put her back to the moment before she was murdered and prevent it from happening, but this comes at a price Odie doesn't know if she can pay and, as she decides, she not only begins to understand what she has to do to become the person she should have been all along, but who is her most significant significant other.
We are delighted to welcome new client, Robin Laurance, to the Agency.
Robin - who began his media career as a photographer with the Guardian newspaper - joins Tom Drake-Lee's list. Robin's feature writing has taken him from the Oval Office in Washington to the production facilities of Toyota in Japan, the sugar plantations of Brazil and the studio of Erno Rubik in Budapest.
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Commander (October 2021, Headline) is the tenth in Paul Fraser Collard's Jack Lark series, and this time, takes place in Egypt, 1869. It is historical military fiction at its finest, and fans of Bernard Cornwell and Matthew Harffy will fall hook, line and sinker for Jack: soldier, leader, imposter.
At a local summer fete, Bo and her friends meet the mysterious fortune teller Madame Odette, and they are each given the same prediction: You will meet the love of your life by Christmas Day. The last thing she imagines is that she’ll be ready to open her heart again. But will fate – and perhaps a sprinkle of Christmas magic – change her mind?
"This is a truly extraordinary crime novel that I honestly had to read in the afternoon as it was too chilling to read in the evening. It is a gritty, dark thriller with a serial killer of frightening proportions."
Commissioning editor Gillian Fitzgerald-Kelly acquired world all language rights, excluding the US, for Not Alone from Harry Illingworth at DHH Literary Agency. US rights were pre-empted by Carolyn Williams at Doubleday from the Helen Edwards Rights Agency. It will be published in the UK and US simultaneously in spring 2023.
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