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24 MAY 2012
CARTE BLANCHE BY J. DEAVER (UK PAPERBACK)

By: FSWL team
Published:
2012-05-24
Publication of the UK mass market paperback edition of Carte Blanche, Jeffery Deaver's first James Bond novel originally published in May 2011.
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From Sweden with Love was invited to the UK launch of 'Carte Blanche' at St. Pancras International in London on 25th May 2011. Read our report from the launch.
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Official book description:
Thousands will die. It is not known where, or how, or who is behind the threat.

007 is given carte blanche to do anything necessary to protect his country, but there is no blank slate when innocent lives are at stake. The only suspects are career killers with no care for civilian victims.

Bond must find out who is paying them, what they plan, and stop them. And he has five days to do it.


Comment from the author:
When first approached by Ian Fleming's estate and the publishing company that oversees his work to ask if I'd be interested in writing the next book in the James Bond series, I can't describe the thrill I felt.

My history with Bond goes back fifty years. I was about eight or nine when I picked up my first Bond novel. I was a bit precocious when it came to reading, but I have my parents to thank for that. They had a rule that I was not allowed to watch certain movies, but I could read anything that I could get my hands on. This was ironic since, in the 1950s and early '60s, you'd never see sex or violence on the screen. So, I was allowed to read every Bond book my father brought home or that I could afford with my allowance.

I felt Fleming's influence early. My first narrative fiction, written when I was eleven, was based on Bond. It was about a spy who stole a top-secret airplane from the Russians. The agent was American but had a British connection, having been stationed, like my father, in East Anglia during WWII.

I can still recall the moment when I heard on the news that Fleming had died – I was in my mid-teens. It was as if I had lost a good friend or uncle. Nearly as troubling was the TV anchorman who reported that Bond, too, would die in the final pages of the last book, The Man with the Golden Gun. I was in agony until I could buy it the moment it was released. I read it in one sitting and learned the truth - at least I'd only have to mourn the loss of one of my heroes, not two.

I have won or been nominated for a number of awards for my thriller writing but the one that I'm the most proud of is the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, presented in conjunction with the UK's Crime Writers' Association, for my thriller Garden of Beasts. The award is in the shape of a commando knife that Fleming is said to have carried in his days working for the Naval Intelligence Division during the Second World War. The imposing award sits in the middle of my mantelpiece at home.

I don't want to give much away about the new book yet, except to say that it takes place in the present day and that the story occurs over a short period of time and finds Bond in three or four exotic locations around the globe.

The novel will maintain the persona of James Bond as Fleming created him and the unique tone the author brought to his books, while incorporating my own literary trademarks: detailed research, fast pacing and surprise twists.

As far as any parallels between Bond's life and mine, there are a few, I'll admit. I enjoy fast cars – I've owned a Maserati and a Jaguar, and I now take my BMW M3 or Infiniti G37 to the track occasionally. I'm a downhill skier and scuba diver. I enjoy single-malt scotch and American bourbons—not vodka, though if I recall from my reading of the Bond books, the spy himself drank whisky considerably more often than his "shaken, not-stirred" martinis. -Jeffery Deaver

Book details:
Paperback: 512 pages
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Language: English
ISBN-10: 144471645X
ISBN-13: 978-1444716450
Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3.4 cm
Cover price: £7.99

About the author:
Jeffery Deaver is the author of two short story collections and twenty-seven suspense novels. He is best known for his Number One bestselling Lincoln Rhyme thrillers, which include THE BONE COLLECTOR, made into a feature film starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. Among other awards, he won the Novel of the Year in the International Thriller Awards 2009 for THE BODIES LEFT BEHIND, the Crime Writers' Association Steel Dagger for Best Thriller with GARDEN OF BEASTS and their Short Story Dagger for 'The Weekender' from TWISTED.

For more information about Deaver's books, visit the official website.

Other Jeffery Deaver novels featured on From Swden With Love:
>The Twelfth Card (Swedish paperback, January 2007)
>The Cold Moon (Swedish hardcover, August 2007)
>The Cold Moon (Swedish paperback, June 2008)
>The Broken Window (Swedish hardcover, January 2010)
>The Burning Wire (UK hardcover, July 2010)
>Edge (UK hardcover, October 2010)
>The Broken Window (Swedish paperback, November 2010)
>Carte Blanche (UK hardback, May 2011)
>Carte Blanche (UK audio book, May 2011)
>Carte Blanche (Bentley edition, May 2011)
>Carte Blanche (Waterstone's edition, May 2011)
>Carte Blanche (Independent edition, May 2011)
>Carte Blanche (US hardback, June 2011)
>Carte Blanche (US audio book, June 2011)
>Carte Blanche (US paperback, January 2012)

Image below:
UK mass market edition of Carte Blanche. © 2012 Hodder & Stoughton. All rights reserved.

Order the new paperback edition of Carte Blanche, Jeffery Deaver's first Bond novel, from Amazon:
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