Crime writer Harlan Coben has signed a four-book deal with Cornerstone’s Century and Arrow imprints, moving to the Penguin Random House division from Orion.
Susan Sandon, m.d. of Cornerstone, and Selina Walker, publisher of Century and Arrow, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, to the four books from Lisa Erbach Vance of the Aaron M Priest Literary Agency.
In the US, Coben has been published by Penguin Random House’s Dutton imprint for the past decade.
Sandon said: “This is an exciting moment for our division and for all of us who have long been fans of Harlan’s books. I know that the team has the vision, passion and experience to seize this opportunity and take this internationally bestselling writer to even greater heights.”
Walker said: “It has been a long cherished dream of mine to publish Harlan. I’ve read and loved all his books which connect with a universal readership who – like me - love his propulsive, twisty plots and his depiction of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary events. He is a truly stand-out writer and story-teller, and I am beyond excited to welcome him to the list.”
In 2012 Orion signed a new three-book deal with Coben, who has published more than a dozen books with the publisher. In 2011, Orion rebranded all of Coben’s backlist.
Coben has total sales of 4,319,032 through Nielsen BookScan.
The first novel will be published by Century in early 2016 with an Arrow paperback the following year.
Coben has topped the UK official Top 50 twice, with novels The Woods (2007) and Long Lost (2009). His most recent books were Six Years (2013), which has sold 117,078 across all physical editions through Nielsen Bookscan, and Missing You, which has sold 11,316 hardbacks since publication in April.