John Blake's new non-fiction publisher Ad Lib is publishing Secret Narco by true crime author Wensley Clarkson and Al Camino's Tiger Wars as its first titles.
Blake signed world rights direct from the authors to both books, for publication in July.
Secret Narco is billed as “the extraordinary story of how Charlie Wilson—infamous leader of the Great Train Robbery gang—turned his back on so-called traditional crime to turn Britain on to cocaine by master minding a multi-billion pound drugs network in partnership with the original cocaine cowboy, Pablo Escobar”.
The synopsis goes on: “Secret Narco unravels the bullet riddled story of Wilson’s cocaine empire and his forays into the deadliest killing fields of all: South America. Meticulously researched, it features interviews with many of Wilson’s friends, family members and enemies on both sides of the law enforcement divide, as well as associates of Pablo Escobar. The book examines in detail the final, tragic circumstances behind Wilson and Escobar’s bloody deaths and how their twisted “partnership” proved that gangsters never rest in peace.”
Tiger Wars was previously revealed by Ad Lib in the announcement of its partnership with Boldwood Books.
It tells “the wild and chaotic story of Joe Exotic and his war against rival Carole Baskin”, made famous in Netflix hit “Tiger King”. Ad Lib said: “It reveals the tangled history of the big cat war, the cult-like characters involved and the spiral of obsession that landed Joe Exotic in jail and exposed the dark heart of America’s big cat obsession.”
Blake said: “We are thrilled to be publishing these two hugely commercial titles and we already have rights deals pending all over the world.”