L,B links with Grand Central for crime imprint

L,B links with Grand Central for crime imprint

Little, Brown Book Group UK is launching a new imprint focusing on commercial crime, suspense and thriller titles in translation, in a joint venture with fellow Hachette Livre company, Grand Central Publishing in New York.

The two houses will jointly acquired and publish up to six titles a year under the Trapdoor imprint in the UK, and under the Grand Central name in the US.

Sphere associate publisher Dan Mallory will head up Trapdoor in the UK, with the US programme to be directed by Grand Central executive editor Mitch Hoffman. The first title will be Dark Secrets by Hjorth-Rosenfeldt, a Swedish bestseller featuring psychological profiler Sebastian Bergman.

Mallory said: "In recent years, fiction in translation, especially genre fiction, has enjoyed increased market pull in the English-speaking world. In an increasingly globalised market, an author's international profile is more valuable than ever, and our new venture will enable us to coordinate our efforts and expertise in order to build those profiles and power those authors to brand status around the world."