Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke have signed up to collaborate on a new novel, which will revisit characters and plot lines introduced in Clark's bestselling I've Got You Under My Skin. The collaboration, The Cinderella Murder, is slated for a November 2014 publication and marks the first time Clark has written with an outside author.
The deal was announced jointly by Jonathan Karp, president and publisher of Simon & Schuster; Marysue Rucci, v-p and editor-in-chief of S&S; and Louise Burke, president and publisher of Pocket Books.
Rucci, who will edit, acquired world and audio rights from Robert Barnett, representing Clark at Williams and Connolly, in a joint deal with Pocket Books and Simon & Schuster U.K. Pocket Books will be the paperback publisher of The Cinderella Murder, which will also be available from Simon & Schuster Audio.
Alafair Burke has written 10 novels, including the thrillers If You Were Here and most recently, All Day and a Night. The daughter of another Simon & Schuster author, James Lee Burke, Burke is also a former prosecutor who currently teaches criminal law at Hofstra University in New York.