Six-book deal for Patterson's Gross

<p>Andrew Gross, author of The Blue Zone, and one of James Patterson&rsquo;s co-authors, has signed a seven-figure six-book global deal with HarperCollins UK and William Morrow. The deal for the six titles, which comprise a mix of one-off suspense thrillers and a series featuring homicide detective Ty Hauck kicking off with <em>The Dark Tide </em>in June, was negotiated by Simon Lipskar at Writers House. </p><p>HC UK m.d. Amanda Ridout said: &quot;Our vision is to develop him fast as a global brand and this long-term deal means we can plan an effective strategy to make him one of the biggest names in thriller writing over the next five years.&quot;</p>