Dear reader,
 
I know it feels like forever since I last wrote a newsletter, but I’ve been head down, bum up, typing away like crazy. Just when I think I’ve run out of words – that’s it, all gone – I think of another one and have to find a place to put it.
 
The year is already half over, which means I have a new book underway and a new book about to be published. It also means my New Year’s resolutions about exercising and drinking less have been put off until 2015. So what news can I give you from the ‘Cabana of Cruelty’?
 
I have a glossy new website, done by the boys at Chilli Websites in Sydney.  I look rather creepy in the main photograph, like I torture kittens in my spare time, but this will just reinforce people’s perceptions of my true nature.
 

The new novel is called LIFE OR DEATH and it’s my 10th book in as many years and this one is extra special. I know writers aren’t supposed to have favourites, but I really think this is a story that I was meant to write ever since I first picked up a crayon in kindergarten, rested it on my shoulder and learned how to write my name.

This is how the UK, Australian, Canadian, New Zealand and South African versions will look:

UK and Australian jacket
LIFE OR DEATH is a standalone. Now I know that fans of Joe O’Loughlin and Vincent Ruiz will now be crying you’re your Weetabix, but the boys will be coming back in the next book. They needed a break and so did I, otherwise we might not be friends any more. Trust me – you won’t be disappointed with LIFE OR DEATH

Set in Texas, it tells the story of Audie Palmer, a man who has spent ten years in prison only to escape the day before he’s due to be released. Why? There’s the hook!  Audie was sentenced for an armed robbery in which four people died including two of the gang. Seven million dollars is still missing and everybody believes that Audie knows where the money is.
 
For a decade he has been beaten, stabbed, throttled and threatened by prison guards, inmates and criminal gangs. And even after his escape, everybody wants a piece of him, the FBI, the State Police, and every gangster and low-life, in Texas, but Audie isn’t running. Instead he’s trying to save a life...    
 
I think LIFE OR DEATH is the best book I’ve written. It has a real Shawshank Redemption vibe and has a wonderful love story at its heart, as well as some twists and turns you won’t see coming.
 

 
 
July 29 is also the date when the paperback of LIFE OR DEATH is out in Australia and New Zealand. South Africa will follow in August and Canada in October. My US readers will have to wait until March 2015. (I know, I know, I’m sorry – but if it makes you feel any better, I have to wait ages to watch your TV shows because I refuse to pirate anything.) And you’ve already had three books released this year, with the the launch of WATCHING YOU and the re-release of THE SUSPECT and LOST.





 
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I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has begged, borrowed, bought or stolen these books. (OK, not stolen.) Thanks to your generosity and support, my three teenage daughters treat me with a modicum of respect and regard me as a useful member of the family and not just a walking wallet who complains about paying too much for dresses that cover too little of them.





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Different foreign language editions have been published over recent months. THE WRECKAGE (
Déroute) is out in France and WATCHING YOU (Door Mijn Ogen) in the Netherlands. I’m really looking forward to touring in Germany in November and introducing ERLÖSE MICH (Deliver Me), which is the German language version of WATCHING YOU.
 

 
The other big news from Germany concerns the ZDF TV film of THE SUSPECT (known as Adrenalin in Germany), premierde at the Munich Film Festival on July 1. You can get a sneak preview here but I don’t have a date yet for when it will be broadcast on TV.

Filming has also begun on the second novel LOST (Amnesie). The action takes place in place in Hamburg rather than London and Professor Joe O’Loughlin has become Dr Joe Jessen (played by Ulrich Noethen) and Vincent Ruiz is portrayed by Juergen Maurer.
 
Meanwhile new negotiations are underway for the English language TV and film rights. I’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, keep reading the books and try to support your local bookstores. If you don’t use ‘em you’ll lose ‘em.
 
Best wishes,
 
Michael
 
What I’m Watching:  HOUSE OF CARDS and TRUE DETECTIVE
What I’m Reading: ALL THIS IS by James Salter and LOST FOR WORDS by Edward St Aubyn.
What I’m listening to: new albums from ED SHEERAN and PASSENGER



Juergen Maurer and Ulrich Noethen as Vincent and Joe

 
 


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