NEW YORK, Aug. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- If you miss the next International Book
of the Month Selection, you could be the only one on the planet. In
continuation of its new program, the DirectGroup division of Bertelsmann, AG,
co-owners of Bookspan's Book-of-the-Month Club, has selected "A Faint Cold
Fear" by New York Times bestselling author Karin Slaughter as the next
International Book of the Month.
"A Faint Cold Fear," to be published in October by William Morrow (an
imprint of HarperCollins Publishers) is the intense third novel in Karin
Slaughter's Grant County series. Her previous books are "Blindsighted" and
DirectGroup Bertelsmann owns and operates book and music clubs worldwide.
Several times annually, many of the book clubs in the DirectGroup division
agree on the selection of a single title to be offered as a Main or Featured
Selection to club members.
"A Faint Cold Fear" will be used in France, the United Kingdom, the United
States, Canada, Holland, Italy, Germany, and Poland, among others. "A Faint
Cold Fear" will be published in the native language of each country.
The Washington Post said Karin Slaughter, "has been compared to Thomas
Harris and Patricia Cornwell, and for once the hype is justified ...
Slaughter's plotting is brilliant, her suspense relentless." Detroit Free
Press calls Karin Slaughter "a new synonym for terror" and Publishers Weekly
said Karin Slaughter is "squarely in the ranks of Patricia Cornwell and Kathy
In "A Faint Cold Fear" Sara Linton, medical examiner in the small town of
Heartsdale, Ga. is called out to an apparent suicide on the local college
campus. The mutilated body provides little in the way of clues -- and the
college authorities are eager to avoid a scandal -- but for Sara and police
chief Jeffrey Tolliver, things don't add up.
Two more suspicious suicides follow, and a young woman is brutally
attacked. For Sara, the violence strikes far too close to home. And as
Jeffrey pursues the sadistic killer, he discovers that ex-police detective
Lena Adams, now a security guard on campus, may be in possession of crucial
information. But, bruised and angered by her expulsion from the force, Lena
seems to be barely capable of protecting herself, let alone saving the next
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.
Markus Wilhelm, Bookspan Chief Executive Officer, said, "This terrific,
suspenseful book will be enjoyed by those who like books by Thomas Harris and
"We had to follow-up our first International selection, 'No Second Chance'
by Harlan Coben, with a book just as strong, just as satisfying -- if not more
so -- in order to meet readers' expectations and establish an international
reputation that we can be proud of," Wilhelm said. "Like Harlan, Karin is
emerging as a fine writer with broad appeal. We knew she was ready for the
Ewald Walgenbach, DirectGroup Chief Executive Officer and member of the
executive board of Bertelsmann, said, "DirectGroup Bertelsmann continues
working with the publishing industry to discover new trends and promote new
and talented authors. The International Book of the Month program is
strategically sound since it utilizes the greatest strength of the book clubs
-- editorial pre-selection."
Mel Parker, Senior Vice President and Editorial Director of Bookspan,
said, "It's already been a rewarding challenge to choose worthy books for the
International Book of the Month. I, and my colleagues on the international
staff, delight in establishing a demanding standard and then finding that gem
of a novel -- such as 'A Faint Cold Fear' -- that surpasses our standards."
When told of her novel's selection for International Book of the Month,
Karin said, "This is the kind of exposure all writers dream of. I am very
lucky and very grateful."