Hillary Clinton is teaming up with the award-winning thriller writer Louise Penny to write down an “worldwide political thriller” through which a secretary of state joins the administration of “a president inaugurated after 4 years of American management that shrank from the world stage”.
Axios reported on Tuesday morning that Clinton and Penny, who’re mates, had signed a deal to publish State of Terror in October. It can see a feminine “novice secretary of state” start working for the president, who was as soon as her rival. Terrorist assaults then throw “the worldwide order into disarray, and the secretary is tasked with assembling a staff to unravel the lethal conspiracy, a scheme fastidiously designed to reap the benefits of an American authorities dangerously out of contact and out of energy within the locations the place it counts essentially the most.”
The e-book will likely be printed within the UK and worldwide by Pan Macmillan, and by Simon & Schuster and St Martin’s Press within the US.
In an announcement, Clinton described writing with Penny as “a dream come true”.
“I’ve relished each one in every of her books and characters in addition to her friendship. Now we’re becoming a member of our experiences to discover the advanced world of excessive stakes diplomacy and treachery. All just isn’t because it first seems,” she mentioned.
Clinton just isn’t the primary thriller author in her household: her husband, former president Invoice Clinton, has written two thrillers with powerhouse novelist James Patterson, one following a president compelled to go off grid when he discovers a traitor in his cupboard, and one a few former president whose daughter is kidnapped.
Penny is a Canadian novelist finest recognized for her Quebec-set novels about chief inspector Armand Gamache. She has been mates with Hillary Clinton since 2016; at an event last autumn for the bookshop Politics and Prose, Clinton mentioned she fell in love with Penny’s debut Nonetheless Life “as a result of I fell in love with the characters. And that simply continued, and since she has produced a e-book yr by yr, I felt like I used to be dwelling with all of those characters.”
Penny mentioned she would “always remember” that Clinton despatched her a condolence letter after the dying of her husband in September 2016, whereas she was additionally embroiled within the “political battle of the century”. “It was an act of selflessness, of generosity, of kindness I’ll always remember,” Penny mentioned. “And that does encourage me daily to attempt to be as type to others as you’ve been to me.”
Clinton signed a e-book deal reported to be value $14m with Simon & Schuster for her memoir Arduous Selections in 2014. She printed one other memoir, What Occurred, with the writer in 2017; the book sold 300,000 copies in the US in a week.