Simon & Schuster, working with the International Thriller Writers (ITW), has inked a deal with 23 bestselling authors to bring their recurring characters together in a single anthology. The book, called Face Off, is scheduled for 2014 and will feature 11 stories by, among others, Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane, John Standford and Jeffrey Deaver.
Sarah Knight acquired the collection for S&S from Writers House agent Dan Conaway, who reprsented ITW. The book marks the fourth anthology ITW is publishing with S&S. "This will be a treasure trove for thriller fans," Knight said in an announcement about the book. "it doesn’t get any better than these writers, with these characters, all in one blockbuster book."
Face Off is being edited by Steve Berry and David Baldacci, and rights to the anthology have been sold in the U.K., with other foreign sales pending; the book's release is set to coincide with ThrillerFest, which happens every July in New York City.