MAJOR GBP50,000++ PROMOTION * High-impact national press ad campaign to run for one month from publication date in the DAILY MAIL, EXPRESS and THE TIMES * Separate Scottish and Irish campaigns * POS to include poster and 36-copy display bin with custom header * Author PR tour at the beginning of March to coincide with hb publication of MONSTER * Review and feature coverage anticipated across the national press, men's and women's magazines * Trade promotions inc. travel points and airports * Reading copies available
Jonathan Kellerman was a child psychologist before becoming a full-time novelist. He is married to the writer Faye Kellerman and they live in Los Angeles with their four children.
Prolific crime writer Jonathan Kellerman has done it again. Billy Straight is the intriguing, page-turning, can't-put-down kind of book that all good crime novels should be. A young boy by the name of Billy escapes a miserable life in a caravan park, where he lived with his addict mother and her abusive boyfriend, in favour of life on the LA streets, where he gives himself an education by stealing books from the library. While sleeping out one night, he witnesses a gruesome murder, which, when police start investigating, appears to be one in a series of events. The victim is the ex-wife of a famous actor/TV cop who is a known perpetrator of domestic violence; here the novel takes on an O J Simpson theme. Billy is somewhat reminiscent of Salinger's Holden Caulfield, and as the only witness and subject of a reward, he is in a very dangerous position. Enter Detective Petra Connor, who is still struggling with a marriage breakdown and her partner, whose wife has just been diagnosed with breast cancer. Startling events are uncovered and new characters keep popping up until the killer is finally brought to justice. Kellerman's smoothly incorporated use of descriptive flashbacks to pad out the characters' backgrounds is excellent, as is his realistic Hollywood setting. Intricate links between the characters and strategically placed clues are cleverly worked into the plot. Kellerman will be in Australia in August with his wife and fellow writer, Faye, for the Melbourne Writers' Festival, and the related publicity should help make this a sure-fire bestseller. A definite recommendation. Joanne Shiells is a bookseller at Dymocks Brighton (Vic). C. 1998 Thorpe-Bowker and contributors
Sophisticated, cleverly plotted and satisfying SUNDAY TELEGRAPH Kellerman's plotting is as ingenious as ever, with the narrative adding layers of complexity to what is already a dramatic whodunnit. EXPRESS BILLY STRAIGHT is a well-balanced vessel slipping easily between presentation of its character s' private lives and the ones they enact in the glare of the media. TLS In a world that is a fickle as a movie producer's promise, Petra Connor emerges as the embodiment of the kind of noble warrior that they are not supposed to make any more. EXPRESS