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May 2019 Fiction: Mystery & Thrillers

The Paris Diversion
A Novel
By (author): Chris Pavone
9781524761509 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense May 07, 2019
$36.00 CAD
Active 6.37 x 9.43 x 1.18 in 384 pages 3 B/W PHOTOS Crown
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Expats. Kate Moore is back in a pulse-pounding thriller to discover that a massive terror attack across Paris is not what it seems—and that it involves her family

American expat Kate Moore drops her kids at the international school, makes her rounds of chores, and meets her husband Dexter at their regular café: a leisurely start to a normal day, St-Germain-des-Prés.

Across the Seine, tech CEO Hunter Forsyth stands on his balcony, wondering why his police escort just departed, and frustrated that his cell service has cut out; Hunter has important calls to make, not all of them technically legal.

And on the nearby rue de Rivoli, Mahmoud Khalid climbs out of an electrician’s van and elbows his way into the crowded courtyard of the world’s largest museum. He sets down his metal briefcase, and removes his windbreaker.

That’s when people start to scream.

Everyone has big plans for the day. Dexter is going to make a small fortune, finally digging himself out of a deep financial hole, via an extremely risky investment. Hunter is going to make a huge fortune, with a major corporate acquisition that will send his company’s stock soaring. Kate has less ambitious plans: preparations for tonight’s dinner party—one of those homemaker obligations she still hasn’t embraced, even after a half-decade of this life—and an uneventful workday at the Paris Substation, the clandestine cadre of operatives that she’s been running, not entirely successfully, increasingly convinced that every day could be the last of her career. But every day is also a fresh chance to prove her own relevance, never more so than during today’s momentous events.

And Mahmoud? He is planning to die today. And he won’t be the only one.

Story Locale: Paris, Venice

RETURNING TO THE CHARACTERS FROM AN ACCLAIMED BESTSELLER: The Expats remains Pavone’s most popular novel, and this return to his most loved characters will have major commercial appeal.

AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR: Pavone’s debut novel won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel in 2012.

A CROWN BRAND AUTHOR: Pavone’s novels have been successful in both trade and mass market editions, and this represents an opportunity to further grow a Crown brand author.

EVERGREEN APPEAL OF PARIS SETTING: The beauty and culture of Paris comes alive in this novel, a setting with perennial appeal for fiction readers.

TIMELY SUBJECT MATTER: The ripped-from-the-headlines subject matter of this novel will present opportunities for media at on-sale.

FILM NEWS: Chris Pavone will be back in the headlines when Dreamworks Studios movie adaptation of The Travelers hits the big screen (release date TBD).

Chris Pavone is the New York Times bestselling author of The Expats, winner of the Edgar and Anthony awards for best first novel, The Accident, The Travelers, and most recently The Paris Diversion. He was a book editor for nearly two decades, and lives in New York City with his family.

Author Residence: West Village, New York

Marketing: Digital advertising campaign

Social media promotion on author’s Twitter, @AuthorChrisPavone

Targeted buzz mailings to author’s VIPs

Enrollment in early reviewer programs

Features on and

Library and academic marketing

Publicity: National publicity

National review and feature attention

National/regional NPR campaign

Author events and interviews out of New York City

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“I nominate Kate Moore, the protagonist of Chris Pavone’s sizzling new thriller…for patron saint of working wives and mothers everywhere.” Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

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