Silvertail Publishing has signed a "riveting and hugely important" investigation into the death of anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who was killed in Malta October 2017.
Publisher Humfrey Hunter acquired audio and world rights, excluding Malta, direct from the authors and their Maltese publisher Joseph Mizzi of Midsea Books, jointly. Murder on the Malta Express - Who Killed Daphne Caruana Galizia? by Carlo Bonini, Manuel Delia and John Sweeney will be published worldwide in English in paperback on Friday 8th November.
Caruana Galizia, who investigated several high-profile figures in Malta, was killed by a car bomb on 16th October, 2017, making headlines around the world. Three men are facing trial for the killing and Malta is to hold an independent public inquiry into Caruana Galizia's death.
Midsea Book released the book on a limited print run in Malta last month. Before publication in Malta, the book was the subject of a series of legal warning letters from people mentioned in the book but no proceedings have been issued or further letters sent since then, said Silvertail.
Hunter said: "It is a privilege and an honour to be publishing Murder on the Malta Express. This a hugely important book which delves into one of the darkest stories of our time with courage and skill, and it is a testament to the calibre of the authors, Carlo Bonini, John Sweeney and Manuel Delia, that it is also a riveting read. Legal matters were naturally a concern but Murder on the Malta Express was read and okayed by Jonathan Coad, who is one of the best in the business. He helped me very successfully with the potentially extremely tricky books about the Church of Scientology which Silvertail published and so I am confident it is correct and sensible for us to now get Murder on the Malta Express into the hands of as many readers as possible around the world."
A TV series based on the book is being developed by New York’s Topic Studios ("Spotlight", "Dark Money") in partnership with US incubator Vespucci Group and Italy’s Indiana Production, with Israeli film and TV writer Noah Stollman on board to write the screenplay.