Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times-Bestselling Author, Moves to Grand Central Publishing in a Five-Book Deal

New York, NY—March 8, 2018

Grand Central Publishing (GCP)  is excited to announce the acquisition of 5 new novels by # 1 New York Times bestselling author Harlan Coben.  Ben Sevier, SVP and Publisher of GCP, acquired the North American rights from Lisa Erbach Vance of the Aaron M. Priest Literary Agency.  The first book–Run Away–will be published in hardcover and e-book editions in March 2019.

Run Away is about two parents facing the unthinkable: the all too common nightmare of their beloved daughter’s descent into addiction and her subsequent disappearance, the murder of the girl’s deadbeat boyfriend, and the suspicions of the police that a vengeful father committed the crime. As these powerful forces push in on the couple, they remain focused on the only thing that matters—bringing their daughter home, no matter what the consequences.

Coben said, “It’s a thrill to be reunited with my former long-time editor, Ben Sevier, and I’m looking forward to working with the entire Grand Central Publishing team.”

Sevier, who edited Coben’s ten consecutive #1 New York Times bestsellers between 2007 and 2017, said of the acquisition, “I’ve known Harlan Coben for two decades, first as a fan and then as his editor and publisher. I’m delighted to welcome one of the most talented and successful thriller writers on the planet to Grand Central where our team will stop at nothing to help him achieve new levels of success.”

With over 70 million books in print worldwide, Harlan Coben is the perennial # 1 New York Times bestselling author of thirty novels including Fool Me Once, Tell No One, Don’t Let Go, the renowned Myron Bolitar series and the Mickey Bolitar series for young adults. His books are published in 43 languages around the globe and he is the first author to win all three prestigious mystery/thriller book awards  – Edgar Award, Shamus Award, and Anthony Award.

Coben is the creator and executive producer for several television shows including the upcoming Netflix Original drama Safe starring Michael C. Hall, Audrey Fleurot, and Amanda Abbington, which will have its world premiere at the inaugural CANNESERIES, Cannes International Series Festival, in April. He is the creator and executive producer of The Five, an original 10 episode crime drama from Sky1 now available on Netflix.

Coben has received an eclectic variety of honors from all over the world.  It was just announced that he will be the president of the inaugural CANNESERIES Official Competition Jury in April 2018.  In Paris, he was awarded the prestigious Vermeil Medal of Honor for contributions to culture and society by the Mayor of Paris.  He won the El Premio del Novela Negra RBA in Spain, the Grand Prix de Lectrices in France, and the CWA/ITV3 Bestseller Dagger for favorite crime novelist in England.  On the other end of the spectrum, Little League Baseball inducted him into their Hall of Excellence in 2013 and he is also a member of the New England Basketball Hall of Fame from his playing days at Amherst College. In May 2018, he will be inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame.

About Grand Central Publishing:
Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, reaches a diverse audience through hardcover, trade paperback and mass market books and e-books that cater to every kind of reader. Our imprints are Twelve, Grand Central Life & Style, Forever and Forever Yours.

About Hachette Book Group:
Hachette Book Group is a leading trade publisher based in New York and a division of Hachette Livre (a Lagardère company), the third-largest trade and educational publisher in the world. HBG is made up of eight publishing groups: Little, Brown and Company; Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Grand Central Publishing; Perseus Books; Orbit; Hachette Books; Hachette Nashville; and Hachette Audio.