New York, NY; London, UK (February 7, 2013) – Hard Case Crime, the award-winning line of crime fiction from editor Charles Ardai and publisher Titan Books, announced today that it will publish the first new book in 12 years from Elissa Wald, author of Meeting the Master and Holding Fire and a celebrated chronicler of the world of dominance and submission.
Junot Diaz, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, called Wald “a writer whose prose I’ve long admired,” adding, “Wald’s vision of the world has much to teach us about the brevity of desire and the longevity of pain.” Pat Conroy, the best-selling author of Prince of Tides and The Great Santini, wrote, “Elissa Wald is a brave, disturbing new voice in American fiction. She works all the margins of the wild side and brings us news from those frontiers that very few writers have dared approach.” And Time Out New York wrote, “Elissa Wald, a veteran of what vanilla reviewers call ‘the S/M scene,’ brings new meaning to the term ‘literary submission.’ If you’re looking for a good erotic read, cuff yourself to this book. And don’t unlock the cuffs until you’re told.”
Scheduled for publication in October 2013, The Secret Lives of Married Women tells the story of two identical twin sisters – one a former libertine now living in suburbia, the other a sexually repressed defense attorney working in New York City – who confront the dark side of desire when men in their lives show themselves capable of violence.
“Elissa Wald is an extraordinarily gifted writer, equally capable of making you shiver with suspense or arousal,” said Charles Ardai. “Her prose is haunting, her characters unforgettable, her storytelling masterful – and she proves that even in our jaded era some things still have the power to shock. This book will leave scorch marks on bedside tables all across America.”
Wald is only the second female author ever to write a book for Hard Case Crime, and The Secret Lives of Married Women will be the imprint’s first new book after publishing Stephen King’s novel Joyland in the summer. A stunning cover painting by Glen Orbik in the style of the classic paperback era completes the package – and for those who might find the cover too steamy to carry on the subway or leave out in their home, the novel will also be released in a discreet e-book edition.