Death row lawyer's memoir to Heinemann

<p>William Heinemann has acquired the rights for a new memoir by David Dow, an American death row lawyer. In a joint acquisition with Random House Australia Drummond Moir, editor bought UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) from Angharad Kowal at Writers House.</p><p><em>Killing Time: The Race to Stop an Execution </em>talks about how it feels to lose a case, with innocent men killed as a result as well as convicted murderers. Dow works in Texas, a state where 99% of execution appeals are rejected. The book looks at the themes of justice and humanity as well as telling Dow&#39;s own story. The title will be published by William Heinemann as a &pound;12.99 hardback in February 2010 and as a Windmill Books paperback in 2011.</p><p>Moir said: &quot;<em>Killing Time</em> has the emotional depth and searing poignancy of a great memoir, the breathtaking pace of a first-rate thriller, and the shocking subject matter of such blockbusters as &#39;Dead Man Walking&#39; and &#39;The Life of David Gale&#39;. A perfect cross between Gabriel Weston&rsquo;s <em>Direct Red</em> and John Grisham&rsquo;s <em>The Innocent Man</em>, this is a truly exciting acquisition.&quot;<br /> <br />Dow has also written other titles including <em>Machinery of Death: The Reality of America&#39;s Death Penalty Regime</em> (Routledge) and <em>Executed on a Technicality</em> (Beacon).<br /><br />Plan B, Brad Pitt&rsquo;s production company, is currently working to develop the book as a television series.</p>