EXCLUSIVE: In a multimillion-dollar publishing deal, The Cartel author Don Winslow has moved from Random House to HarperCollins Publishers, where he will publish his next two novels through the William Morrow imprint. The novel titles aren’t being revealed at this point, but sources said that the first will be shopped shortly to studios, producers and filmmakers. That novel is a contemporary tale set in New York with a strong lead role. It will be published next summer through William Morrow here, and in the UK by HarperCollins UK Crime & Thrillers publisher Julia Wisdom, as well as in HarperCollins’ foreign-language markets. Winslow held onto publishing rights in Germany, Spanish-language territories and Italy, where his works have a strong following.
The second book will complete the epic war on drugs trilogy that Winslow started with The Power Of The Dog and continued with The Cartel. Latter was one of the best-reviewed books of 2015, and it sold at auction in a multimillion-dollar deal to Fox, where Ridley Scott plans to direct it. Deal was negotiated by William Morrow vice president and executive editor David Highfill and The Story Factory’s Shane Salerno. Winslow separately has a deal with William Morrow to co-author with Michael Mann a fact-based novel about two historical figures that changed the face of organized crime. That one will be published through Michael Mann Books, the multi-book imprint that Highfill secured for HarperCollins last April.
“Don Winslow is a daring and bravura storyteller, and his work is full of characters and language at once frightening, funny, heartbreaking and wholly original,” Highfill said. “There is really no one like him, and it’s a huge honor to have the opportunity to work with him.”
Winslow said he was “very excited to be working with David Highfill and the entire team at William Morrow/Harper Collins. I have watched closely how strongly they support their authors and how well their books are distributed around the world. These two new books mean a great deal to me and are the product of years of exhaustive research.”
Winslow, a former private investigator, has written 19 novels, and his books have been catnip for filmmakers. His books have attracted in one form or other Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mann, Oliver Stone (who helmed the Winslow novel adaptation Savages), Robert De Niro, Peter Berg and William Friedkin. His titles include The Winter Of Frankie Machine, The King Of Cool, and A Cool Breeze On The Underground. DiCaprio is attached to star in and produce the Winslow novel Satori at Warner Bros.