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Amazon.com launches second publishing imprint

Amazon.com has announced the launch of its second publishing imprint this month, with Thomas & Mercer to focus on mysteries and thrillers.

The imprint is named after the streets that flank Amazon's Seattle headquarters and its launch comes several weeks after the internet giant announced the launch of the Montlake Romance imprint.

Thomas & Mercer will launch in autumn with four books available to Amazon.com customers across print, Kindle and audio formats, as well as national and independent booksellers.

The four launch titles are Resuscitation by D M Annechino, Stirred by J A Konrath and Blake Crouch, The Immortalists by Kyle Mills and Already Gone by John Rector.

Victoria Griffith, Amazon Publishing publisher, said: "Our customers enjoy reading mysteries and thrillers, and we're excited to launch this imprint devoted to that genre. We think our five launch authors are great representatives for the genre and we're looking forward to growing our list with both new and established writers."

The other Amazon Publishing imprints are Amazon Encore, which highlights previously self-published titles, AmazonCrossing, which publishes foreign-language books, and Seth Godin's imprint The Domino Project.