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How do you follow a new book by Stephen King? We’ve found a doozy: the first new book in 12 years from Elissa Wald, chronicler of the world dominance and submission, and only Hard Case Crime’s second female author ever.

The recipient of raves from literary figures such as Junot Diaz and Pat Conroy, Elissa Wald has written a disturbing story of violence and power and desire, and how the three may be more tightly linked that we like to believe.

She has also created what may be the most unusual femme fatale character in the history of the genre.

THE SECRET LIVES OF MARRIED WOMEN, coming in October 2013, will be Hard Case Crime’s first new book following the publication of Stephen King’s new novel, JOYLAND.

I’m attaching a press release with more info and a copy of the truly breathtaking cover art by Glen Orbik. You can read an excerpt at http://www.hardcasecrime.com/books_bios.cgi?entry=bk113&type=excerpt, and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

And if you want to post or publish the cover art, by all means please do. We’d like to trigger as many coronaries as possible.

Best,
Charles

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Charles Ardai

Editor, Hard Case Crime

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Hard Case Crime Reveals
THE SECRET LIVES OF MARRIED WOMEN

First novel in 12 years from acclaimed author Elissa Wald

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New York, NY; London, UK (February 7, 2013) – Hard Case Crime, the award-winning line of crime fiction from editor Charles Ardai and publisher Titan Books, announced today that it will publish the first new book in 12 years from Elissa Wald, author of Meeting the Master and Holding Fire and a celebrated chronicler of the world of dominance and submission.

Junot Diaz, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, called Wald “a writer whose prose I’ve long admired,” adding, “Wald’s vision of the world has much to teach us about the brevity of desire and the longevity of pain.” Pat Conroy, the best-selling author of Prince of Tides and The Great Santini, wrote, “Elissa Wald is a brave, disturbing new voice in American fiction. She works all the margins of the wild side and brings us news from those frontiers that very few writers have dared approach.” And Time Out New York wrote, “Elissa Wald, a veteran of what vanilla reviewers call ‘the S/M scene,’ brings new meaning to the term ‘literary submission.’ If you’re looking for a good erotic read, cuff yourself to this book. And don’t unlock the cuffs until you’re told.”

Scheduled for publication in October 2013, The Secret Lives of Married Women tells the story of two identical twin sisters – one a former libertine now living in suburbia, the other a sexually repressed defense attorney working in New York City – who confront the dark side of desire when men in their lives show themselves capable of violence.

“Elissa Wald is an extraordinarily gifted writer, equally capable of making you shiver with suspense or arousal,” said Charles Ardai. “Her prose is haunting, her characters unforgettable, her storytelling masterful – and she proves that even in our jaded era some things still have the power to shock. This book will leave scorch marks on bedside tables all across America.”

Wald is only the second female author ever to write a book for Hard Case Crime, and The Secret Lives of Married Women will be the imprint’s first new book after publishing Stephen King’s novel Joyland in the summer. A stunning cover painting by Glen Orbik in the style of the classic paperback era completes the package – and for those who might find the cover too steamy to carry on the subway or leave out in their home, the novel will also be released in a discreet
e-book edition.

About Hard Case Crime

Called “the best new American publisher to appear in the last decade” by Neal Pollack in The Stranger, Hard Case Crime has been nominated for or won numerous honors since its inception including the Edgar, the Shamus, the Anthony, the Barry, and the Spinetingler Award. The series’ books have been adapted for television and film, with two features currently in development at Universal Pictures and the TV series “Haven” going into its fourth season next fall on SyFy. Hard Case Crime is published through a collaboration between Winterfall LLC and Titan Publishing Group.

About Titan Publishing Group

Titan Publishing Group is an independently owned publishing company, established in 1981, comprising three divisions: Titan Books, Titan Magazines/Comics and Titan Merchandise. Titan Books, recently nominated as Independent Publisher of the Year 2011, has a rapidly growing fiction list encompassing original fiction and reissues, primarily in the areas of science fiction, fantasy, horror, steampunk and crime. Recent crime and thriller acquisitions include Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins’ all-new Mike Hammer novels, the Matt Helm series by Donald Hamilton and the entire backlist of the Queen of Spy Writers, Helen MacInnes. Titan Books also has an extensive line of media and pop culture-related non-fiction, graphic novels, art and music books. The company is based at offices in London, but operates worldwide, with sales and distribution in the US and Canada being handled by Random House. http://www.titanbooks.com

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