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McClelland & Stewart, Spring 2019

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The Kingfisher Secret
By (author): Anonymous
9780771001697 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Thrillers / Espionage Oct 16, 2018
$29.95 CAD
Active 6.5 x 9.3 x 1.1 in 336 pages McClelland & Stewart
Who owns the most powerful man in the world?

Her codename is Kingfisher. Her mission: to seduce and marry a man of wealth and political influence. Now she must protect a terrifying secret.

October 2016: In America, the election is a few weeks away. Journalist Grace Elliott has just landed a scoop that she believes will make her career. A porn star is willing to talk about her affair with the man some hope and many fear will become the next president of the United States. But no one will touch it. Not even Grace’s boss, the right-wing publisher of America’s leading tabloid. Instead, Grace is sent to Europe where she discovers a story so big, so explosive that it could decide the American election and launch a new Cold War. As long as she can stay alive long enough to tell it.

Spies, murder, and one of the biggest conspiracies of our time lie at the heart of this immersive thriller.

Story Locale: New York, Prague, Florida, Montreal

COMPULSIVELY READABLE: secret agents, bribery, double-crossing, false identities, competing international interests, deception, and murder—a stand-alone thriller that’s seductive, highly charged, and impossible to forget


For fans of RED SPARROW by Jason Matthews, the masters such as ROBERT LUDLUM, CHARLES McCARRY, and JOHN LE CARRE, and the addictive TV series THE AMERICANS

Like Joe Klein’s PRIMARY COLORS, this is a dramatic (and shocking) fictional account

WORLDWIDE PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE PARTNERS: Century, U.K.; Heyne, Germany; and other international partners to be announced. Publication timed to coincide with high-stakes midterm elections in the U.S.

The author is a respected writer and former journalist. His identity is being kept secret in order to protect the source of the ideas that inspired this novel.

Marketing: -Global publication announcement on October 1, 2018

-Publishers Weekly takeover (print and digital)

-4-page ad (Oct. 8 issue)

-Website takeover (beginning Oct. 6)

-Major publicity campaign targeting outlets such as People Magazine, Vanity Fair, Bustle, BuzzFeed, New York Times, AP, Entertainment Weekly, New York Magazine, Washington Post, Boston Globe, LA Times, USA Today

-Author available for select radio interviews including NPR All Things Considered and Fresh Air

-Review mailing to mystery and thriller websites such as Criminal Element and The Real Bookspy

-Influencer mailing to political journalists such as Rachel Maddow, Jonathan Chait and Jonathan Lemire

-Extensive digital advertising including:

-Google display and search ads

-LiveIntent email advertising

-Target Vox, BuzzFeed, New York Times, The New Yorker, New York Magazine and entertainment outlets such as US Weekly, People, Entertainment Weekly

-Podcast advertising

-Focus on podcasts such as Pod Save America, Trumpcast, The Moth and The Gist

-Video content available

-Goodreads giveaways

-Extensive social media campaign (Twitter & Facebook)

-Extensive holiday push and gift guide placement 

“A tantalizing new thriller…there is great house-of-mirrors fun to be had.” —Globe and Mail
“In an era when our credulity is stretched daily by political stories…the idea that a president’s former wife was trained by the KGB to trap a man with political aspirations might not be so hard to believe. The narrative jumps locales as often and as quickly as a private jet in a time warp.” —Toronto Star
“[A] suggestive thriller…There are lots of twists and turns, red herrings, and characters to follow…even when truth is stranger than fiction, this bit of fiction is satisfyingly offbeat.” —Kirkus Reviews

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