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Penguin: Putnam Trade Spring 2019

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Someone Knows
By (author): Lisa Scottoline
9780525539643 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense Apr 09, 2019
$36.00 CAD
Active 6.33 x 9.26 x 1.26 in 400 pages Putnam G.P. Putnam's Sons
Bestselling and award-winning author Lisa Scottoline reaches new heights with this riveting novel about how a single decision can undo a family, how our past can derail our present, and how not guilty doesn’t always mean innocent.

Allie Garvey is heading home to the funeral of a childhood friend. Allie is not only grief-stricken, she’s full of dread. Because going home means seeing the other two people with whom she shares an unbearable secret.

Twenty years earlier, a horrific incident shattered the lives of five teenagers, including Allie. Drinking and partying in the woods, they played a dangerous prank that went tragically wrong, turning deadly. The teenagers kept what happened a secret, believing that getting caught would be the worst thing that could happen. But time has taught Allie otherwise. Not getting caught was far worse.

Allie has been haunted for two decades by what she and the others did, and by the fact that she never told a soul. The dark secret has eaten away at her, distancing her from everyone she loves, including her husband. Because she wasn’t punished by the law, Allie has punished herself, and it’s a life sentence.

Now, Allie stands on the precipice of losing everything. She’s ready for a reckoning, determined to learn how the prank went so horribly wrong. She digs to unearth the truth, but reaches a shocking conclusion that she never saw coming—and neither will the reader.

A deeply emotional examination of family, marriage, and the true nature of justice, Someone Knows is Lisa Scottoline’s most powerful novel to date. Startling, page-turning, and with an ending that’s impossible to forget, this is a tour de force by a beloved author at the top of her game.

Story Locale: The Philadephia suburbs

EXCITING LAUNCH WITH PUTNAM: Someone Knows is Lisa Scottoline’s first publication with Putnam (we have a contract for six books) and there is a huge amount of excitement and momentum as we launch her brand here. The news of her move to Putnam was announced in the Associated Press and was picked up by more than fifty media outlets, including The Washington Post, Miami Herald, Seattle Post, ABC News, and Deadline.

FANTASTIC TRACK: Scottoline’s more recent standalone thriller, After Anna, debuted at #1 on Bookscan and #2 on the New York Times hardcover list. She has sold more than 30 million copies of her book, which consistently appear on all major bestseller lists, and she has a devoted fan base that has been steadily growing with each new standalone.

BEAUTIFULLY REVIEWED AND AWARD-WINNING: Scottoline consistently receives wonderful reviews from outlets such as The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, People, and Entertainment Weekly, and The Washington Post recently praised After Anna’s “stunner of a story line.” Scottoline has won an Edgar Award and the Fun, Fearless Fiction Award by Cosmopolitan, and her books have been selected as Indie Next picks.

WELL-CONNECTED AND BELOVED AUTHOR: Scottoline is extremely well-connected within the writing community, and has received blurbs from heavy-hitters such as David Baldacci, Nora Roberts, Harlan Coben, and Elin Hilderbrand. She has served as President of Mystery Writers of America, written reviews for outlets like the New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Philadelphia Inquirer, and was named a “PW Innovator” by Publishers Weekly.

POPULAR CATEGORY: Readers’ enthusiasm for the domestic suspense genre does not show signs of waning, and with its mixture of thrilling twists, a brisk pace, and well-drawn female protagonists, Someone Knows fits perfectly into this category.

SHOWCASING WHAT SCOTTOLINE DOES BEST: Scottoline is consistently praised for her warm, down-to-earth characters, depictions of families, and stories that are both thrilling and emotional. Someone Knows showcases what fans love about this author.

Lisa Scottoline is the New York Times-bestselling author and Edgar Award-winning author of thirty-two novels. She has 30 million copies of her books in print in the United States and has been published in thirty-five countries. After a successful career in corporate law, Scottoline released her first legal thriller, Everywhere that Mary Went, in 1994. Her debut was nominated for an Edgar Award, the most prestigious award given in crime fiction. Her second novel, Final Appeal, won the Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original in 1995. Since then, she has gone on to write 30 more critically acclaimed novels, and her recent, After Anna, was a #1 bestseller. Scottoline also writes a weekly column with her daughter, Francesca Serritella, for The Philadelphia Inquirer, and those universally beloved stories have been adapted into a series of bestselling memoirs. In addition to writing, Lisa reviews popular fiction and non-fiction, and her reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Lisa has served as President of Mystery Writers of America and has taught a course she developed, “Justice in Fiction” at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, her alma mater. She lives in the Philadelphia area.

Author Residence: Chester, PA

Author Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

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“Scottoline rocks!” -Nora Roberts

“Scottoline is a powerhouse.” -David Baldacci

“Scottoline writes riveting thrillers that keep me up all night, with plots that twist and turn.” -Harlan Coben

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