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NEW YORK, September 27, 2010-#1 New York Times best-selling author Richard North Patterson has signed a two-book deal with Scribner and Pocket Books. Susan Moldow, Executive Vice President and Publisher of Scribner concluded the agreement for North American, paperback, electronic, and audio rights with literary agent Frederick Hill. Colin Harrison, Vice President, Senior Editor of Scribner will edit the books, the first of which, The Devil's Light, will be published in May 2011. Pocket Books will be the paperback publisher of both books which will also be available from Simon & Schuster Audio.

The Devil's Light is a gripping international thriller that imagines a chilling scenario: what if Al Qaeda covertly obtains a rogue nuclear warhead with the intention of deploying it on the tenth anniversary of 9-11? 

"Scribner is thrilled to be Richard North Patterson's publisher," said Susan Moldow.  "The Devil's Light is a riveting, deeply researched, and timely novel that will make every reader question just how prepared we are in the event of another major terrorist attack."

"Richard North Patterson is a wonderful addition to our list of best-selling authors at Pocket Books," added Louise Burke, Executive Vice President and Publisher of Gallery, Threshold and Pocket Books. "We look forward to a successful partnership."

"It's terrific to join two imprints with such historic pasts and vibrant presents," said Richard North Patterson. "Particularly exciting is that Scribner and Pocket share my belief that popular fiction is enriched by a strong story which also addresses compelling contemporary issues."

Richard North Patterson is the author of eighteen best-selling and critically acclaimed novels including his recently published In the Name of Honor. Formerly a trial lawyer, he was the SEC liaison to the Watergate special prosecutor and has served on the boards of several Washington advocacy groups.

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Contact: Brian Belfiglio

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(212) 632-4945


Jean Anne Rose

Director of Publicity

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Brian Belfiglio

Jean Anne Rose