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April 2019 Fiction Releases

The Banker's Wife
By (author): Cristina Alger
9780735218475 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Thrillers / General Apr 16, 2019
$22.00 CAD
Active 5.5 x 8.3 x 0.8 in 368 pages Putnam G.P. Putnam's Sons
“Immersive, satisfying, tense—-and timely: This is probably happening for real right now.”—Lee Child

“First-rate…Slick, heart-hammering entertainment.”—The New York Times Book Review

On an early morning in November, a private plane bound for Geneva drops off the radar, its wreckage uncovered days later in the Alps. Among the disappeared is Matthew Werner, an insider at Swiss United, a powerful offshore bank. His young widow, Annabel, begins a desperate search for answers and quickly determines that Matthew’s death was no accident. She soons finds herself in a terrifying cat-and-mouse chase, on the run from his powerful enemies, who will stop at nothing to hide the truth.

Meanwhile, ambitious society journalist Marina Tourneau has finally landed at the top. With her engagement to Grant Ellis, she is set to become one of the elite she has spent a career covering, but, after the death of her mentor, she agrees to dig into one more story: Swiss United. In doing so, Marina uncovers information that implicates some of the most powerful men in the financial world, including a few who are too close to home. The story also could be the answer to Annabel’s heartbreaking search—and save her life—if Marina chooses to publish it…

Story Locale: Geneva, New York City, London

BUILDING ON HARDCOVER BUZZ:The Banker’s Wife is an eagerly anticipated read in Summer 2018, and garnered advanced praise from heavy hitters such as Lee Child, Nelson DeMille, Chris Pavone, Alafair Burke, and Mary Kubica. It has been receiving rave critical reviews so far and we have a major tour lined up with numerous joint events with bestselling authors.

PAST PAPERBACK SUCCESSES: Cristina Alger’s The Darlings performed well in the paperback format and The Banker’s Wife lends itself perfectly to paperback given the genre, and with plenty of twists and captivating characters, this novel will be a hit with book clubs.

REFRESHING APPROACH TO THE CONTEMPORARY THRILLER: In its hardcover publicatoin, The Banker’s Wife has been gathering steam as a traditional thriller in the spirit of John Grisham, which readers are finding fresh in today’s market full of too many gimmicks.

WELL-CONNECTED AUTHOR: Alger has stellar connections in both the publishing and finance worlds. She is in a book club with Harlan Coben, Lee Child, and Nelson DeMille, and she also hosts friends and colleagues at book club dinners (recently featuring Janice Y.K. Lee, Helen Ellis, Chris Pavone, and Amor Towles) and is on the board of the Young Lions at the New York Public Library.

JUST ANNOUNCED, AN EXCITING NEW TV ADAPTATION OF THE BANKER’S WIFE: The series will be produced by the team behind Homeland and will star Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike—featuring an all-female creative team.

UNIQUE INSIDE LOOK AND BACKGROUND: As a former Goldman Sachs analyst, attorney, and the daughter of a Wall Street financier, Alger writes about the drama of the financial world with ease. Her unique background allows her to capture the shady world of offshore banking in an accessible way.

PERFECT TIMING FOR NEW HARDCOVER: This paperback will feature a teaser chapter of Alger’s next book, Girls Like Us, which Putnam will publish in hardcover in July 2019.

Cristina Alger is the author of The Darlings and This Was Not the Plan. A graduate of Harvard College and NYU Law School, she worked as a financial analyst and a corporate attorney before becoming a writer. She lives in New York with her husband and children.

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“[A] smart, incisive page-turner…Alger delivers an addictive dose of suspense and intrigue with a surprisingly believable plot.”USAToday

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