UPDATE, 2:25 PM PT: I have found out more about author Don Winslow‘s move from Simon & Schuster and back to Knopf. The first of the two books he’ll write under the new pact is a sequel to The Power Of The Dog, the 2005 seminal epic novel about the drug war that Winslow spent six years writing. It was the book that established him outside the U.S. Turns out Winslow spent the last five years writing the sequel and researching the drug biz in Mexico, the U.S. and other countries. The new book picks up the characters and storyline where the original ends, in 2005. It covers the drug scourge until the present, as seen through the eyes of a maverick DEA agent.
The book, called The Power Of The Dog Part II, is being edited by Knopf chairman/editor-in-chief Sonny Mehta, and it will be released in late 2015, ahead of the film adaptation of The Power Of The Dog. The sequel will be the first book published under the new deal, and he will follow with a four-quadrant action thriller that marks a departure for Winslow. The second book will be shopped to studios and filmmakers shortly. In addition to the Knopf deal, Winslow’s lit agency The Story Factory has made seven-figures in deals for Germany (Droemer), Italy (Einaudi), Japan (Kadekowa), France (Seuill) and the UK (William Heinemann). The other 25 territories are in the works.
The Power Of The Dog really hooked me into Winslow’s fiction. For its large canvas and sweep, it reminded me of the way that Dennis Lehane stepped up in The Given Day, and Stephen King did the same with The Stand. For Winslow, this creates a film sequel opportunity, as the first book is being adapted by Avatar 4 co-writer Shane Salerno & Nikolaj Arcel & Rasmus Heisterberg, latter of whom adapted the Swedish The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and followed with A Royal Affair. Arcel is set to direct with Salerno producing.