NEW YORK, March 19 /PRNewswire/ -- For three-quarters of a century, the
Book-of-the-Month Club(R) has helped guide America's reading habits by
championing novels from "Catcher in the Rye" to "The Lovely Bones" as Main
Selections before they became blockbuster best sellers.
Now, the DirectGroup division of Bertelsmann AG, co-owners of
Bookspan(R)'s Book-of-the-Month Club, is announcing that for the first time
its clubs worldwide have agreed on the selection of a single title as a Main
or Featured Selection in a new program, the International Book-of-the-Month.
The first International Book-of-the-Month is "No Second Chance," the latest
thriller by critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling novelist Harlan
The novel will be offered in book clubs spanning four continents and more
than 15 countries, including China, the United Kingdom, the United States,
Germany, Italy, Australia, France, Canada and the Czech Republic, among other
locations. The book will be published in the native language of each country.
DirectGroup expects to sell one million copies of "No Second Chance."
The International Book-of-the-Month is the first-ever global program of
the DirectGroup to provide club members with one pre-selected title that has
been chosen by the editors of clubs in the United States, Europe, Asia and
Australia. Bookspan, a partnership of Bertelsmann AG and AOL Time Warner Inc.,
initiated the program.
Ewald Walgenbach, DirectGroup Chief Executive Officer and member of the
executive board of Bertelsmann, said, "The campaign pinpoints the core
competencies of the DirectGroup's club businesses, including the pre-selection
of books at discounted prices for our 28 million members. We also work with
the publishing industry to discover new trends and promote new and talented
authors. We believe this is a unique position in the highly competitive book
Markus Wilhelm, Bookspan Chief Executive in the U.S., said, "We're excited
to offer 'No Second Chance' to readers worldwide. We believe this excellent,
suspenseful book has worldwide appeal. Harlan Coben is ready to become a
superstar author and we have confidence that Coben will attract readers across
oceans and borders. The International Book-of-the-Month is the first pure
example of a global marketing initiative."
Mel Parker, Senior Vice President and Editorial Director of Bookspan,
said, "With thousands of books published annually, it is difficult to break
through. By selecting one book as the International Book-of-the-Month, we will
shine a spotlight on a book we feel readers around the world will enjoy and
will cross international borders."
Harlan Coben said, "It's wonderful, marvilloso, wundervoll, fantastico,
incoyanle, fabuloso ... well, that covers my knowledge of foreign languages."
Harlan Coben, the first author to win the Edgar, Shamus and Anthony Awards
in the United States, is a "terrific storyteller with a knack for action,
whose suspense will have you squirming," said the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel. The
Times in London described his writing as "high-adrenaline entertainment" and
the Denver (Colo.) Post said Coben delivers "fast-paced (writing) layered with
both fun and tenderness." And the San Francisco (Calif.) Chronicle said Coben
"serves up everything you can ask in a can't-put-down book."
In "No Second Chance" (to be published April 28, 2003 by Dutton, a member
of Penguin Group (USA), a Pearson Company) Coben writes a thriller that grabs
your attention from the very first sentence: When the first bullet hit my
chest, I thought of my daughter.
The novel's central character, Marc Seidman, awakens to find himself in an
ICU. Upon asking how long he has been recovering there, he is told 12 days.
Further, he is informed that his wife has been killed and his six-month-old
daughter has vanished. He soon receives a note: We are watching. If you
contact the authorities, you will never see your daughter again. There will be
no second chance.
Coben's earlier novels include "Tell No One" (2001) and "Gone for Good"
(2002). Born in 1962, Coben lives in New Jersey, is married and father of four
children under the age of eight -- now that's suspenseful living!