Monday, 24 November 2008

Dead Men's Dust in Publishers Weekly

This is what Publishers Weekly said about the US edition of Dead Men's Dust, due for release next April in the USA:

Dead Men's Dust by Matt Hilton(Morrow, Apr.)

Plot: Joe Hunter is an ex-military officer and, in his own words, “the weapon sent in when the planning is done and all that's left is the ass kicking.” In this first of a series, Hunter sets out across Southern California after his wayward brother, who has become entangled in a cat-and-mouse game with a serial killer.

Author's inspiration: “I think of Joe Hunter as a guy with a strong moral code and the necessary skills to help people in difficult situations. I've given him a specific set of skills, but want him to be different from other heroes—a kind of vigilante rather than a PI or a detective. Then I put him in a lean, mean cinematic thriller because I just love them.”

Clues to success: Executive editor David Highfill says, “Everyone loves a charismatic hero in an action thriller (think Lee Child's Jack Reacher), and we have an excellent new guy on the block in Joe Hunter. But then Matt adds fuel to the fire with one of the smartest, most sarcastic and frightening bad guys I've read in ages. Their confrontation is memorable—and downright irresistible.”

Body count: 14.

Hollywood pitch: Jack Reacher meets Thomas Harris.


bish8 said...

Hey, Matt!

Thanks for commenting over at my blog. Your up coming novel was obviously one of the three to which I was most looking forward from the PW article ~ great exposure!

Is the book set in the US or the UK? I'd assumed US, but I see from your profile you live in the UK.

bish8 said...

Oops! Just saw the book is set in southern California. So much for being observant.

Good luck with the debut. Have they signed you for another?

Matt Hilton Author said...

Hi Bish, thanks for looking in at my blog and for your comments. The book starts in the UK and then goes to the USA.There then follows a cross-country chase via Florida, Arkansas and California. I've been very fortunate in that I've signed for 5 books with Hodder and Stoughton in the UK and for 3 books with William Morrow and Company (Harper) in the USA. The books will be the same, but with necessary chnages for the two different markets (the British version is slightly grittier - in keeping with British crime novels. Books 2 (Judgement and Wrath) and b3 (Slash and Burn) will be following shortly. I'm currently on writing book 4 (currently titled ARighteous Wind). All the books follow my hero, Joe Hunter. You're welcome to take a look at my website at
for a better idea.
Thanks again for your comments, and I will be coming back to your blog from now on.