Whistleblowing tale for Palgrave

<p>Palgrave Macmillan has acquired a &ldquo;cutting-edge&rdquo; non-fiction title, which is also soon to be a film starring Rachel Weisz and Vanessa Redgrave.</p><p><em>Whistleblower</em> by Kathryn Bolkovac will be published by Palgrave in February 2011. Commissioning editor Alessandra Bastagli bought world rights, including translation, serial and audio from Carol Mann at the Carol Mann Agency for an undisclosed sum.</p><p>Bastagli said: &ldquo;At Palgrave Macmillan we pride ourselves in publishing quality, cutting-edge nonfiction and as soon as I read the proposal for this project I knew it would fit the bill. This is one of those rare books that combines an important, timely message with gripping storytelling that will keep you on the edge of your seat.&rdquo;</p><p>The title tells of Bolkovac, who was a Nebraska police officer and divorced mother of three when she was hired by the private military contractor DynCorp International. She was shipped out to Bosnia to support the UN peacekeeping mission. Bolkovac began to discover the truth about the private contractors, who were involved in human trafficking and forced prostitution. She eventually fled the country, bringing the incriminating documents with her.</p><p>Bastagli added: &ldquo;Kathy is a remarkable woman who had the courage to speak the truth and stand up for the victims of sex trafficking, putting her own life on the line. My hope is readers will be both moved and inspired by her story, more aware of the under-reported abuses against women around the world and more willing to speak out against injustice.&rdquo;</p>