jefferydeaver_cjanieaireyresizeIan Fleming Publications has chosen American thriller writer Jeffery Deaver to write a new James Bond book.

The novel, whose title hasn’t been revealed yet, will be published next May on what would have been Fleming’s birthday. Hodder & Stoughton, Deaver’s publishers in the UK, will publish domestically, alongside Simon & Schuster in the States.

Deaver has written 26 novels and sold more than 20 million books worldwide. He’s probably best known for The Bone Collector, which was made into a 1999 movie starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. Seven years ago Deaver won the Crime Writers’ Association’s Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award for his book Garden of Beasts. Over here, he’s represented by Vivienne Schuster of Curtis Brown.

I can’t help but feel that an American just won’t get the idiom and nuances of the way an Englishman thinks. Imagine the furore if a British author was commissioned to write a new Dashiell Hammett novel. Couldn’t they have found a British author such as Tom Rob Smith (Child 44) or Peter James, creator of the Inspector Grace detective series? British thriller writing must be in pretty rackety state if Fleming’s executors have to reach out to the colonials.

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