S&S reveals details of Kercher book

<p>Simon &amp; Schuster UK has revealed further details of its account of the murder of British student Meredith Kercher.</p><p><em>Darkness Descending: the Murder of Meredith Kercher </em>by Paul Russell and Graham Johnson will be published on January 7th. The acquisition was previously announced in June. </p><p>Kerri Sharp, senior commissioning editor at S&amp;S, said: &quot;Our author Paul Russell has lived in Italy for 27 years, speaks fluent Italian, and has attended the trial throughout. He has written the<br />book in consultation with one of Italy&rsquo;s top forensics experts, general Luciano Garofano, and the book is co-written by bestselling crime writer, Graham Johnson, author of <em>Powder Wars</em> and <em>The Devil.</em> </p><p>&quot;Darkness Descending will be the one book about the case that everyone will want to read.&quot;</p><p>It is one of a number of titles focusing on Kercher&#39;s murder and the subsequent trial. Earlier this month 22-year-old Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were found guilty of conspiracy to murder the English student. She was stabbed to death in her apartment in Perugia in November 2007. </p><p>John Blake is publishing The Murder of Meredith by Gary King in January, while Hodder commissioned a book earlier this year on the case by <em>Sunday Times</em> reporter John Follain.</p>