I’m putting the finishing touches to Dark Justice and it just keeps getting longer. It’s now more than 135,000 words and there is more to come! It’s all good, though, and I doubt that it will be reduced much in the editing.
Dark Justice will be published in July next year as Hodder and Stoughton want to publish the Jack Nightingale book in January. They don’t have a title yet, but think that Nightingale is too soft!
I already have some great blurb quotes for the Nightingale book. James Herbert, who wrote the brilliant horror books The Rats and The Fog and loads of others, gave us: 'Another great thriller from Stephen Leather but this time with a devilish twist!'
That’s awesome, I’ve been a huge fan of James Herbert ever since I read The Rats at School.
And my good mate Anthony Horowitz, the mega-successful children’s writer, gave me several blurb quotes that we can use on the cover:
RAYMOND CHANDLER MEETS THE OMEN. A WICKED READ.
WHEN I WAS YOUNG, I USED TO LOVE DENNIS WHEATLEY. NOW A NEW GENERATION CAN DISCOVER STEPHEN LEATHER.
NIGHTINGALE IS A GUILTY PLEASURE. IT'S THE SORT OF BOOK KIDS WILL MOVE ONTO WHEN THEY STOP READING CHILDREN'S BOOKS.
Thanks, Anthony, you’re a star! Okay, back to work.... I want to take my daughter to Disneyland HK and I’ve promised myself, and her, that I’ll finish Dark Justice first!