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Between The Lines

The inside scoop on the book world: Carole Baron and Kenneth Starr make large sum deals

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Carole Baron — former head of Delacorte and publisher of Nicholas Evans and Thomas Harris — has made her first big buy in her new role as president of Dutton, forking over a rumored $1 million for The Ice Child by British novelist Elizabeth McGregor. “There are polar bears, lots of ice, lots of high adventure and emotion,” says Baron, noting that the novel is “infused with ghosts of the ill-fated Franklin arctic expedition.”… Ex-special prosecutor Kenneth Starr has sold Search for the Center: The Supreme Court in American Life to Warner for a six-figure sum, and he has his stint as one of the most unpopular figures in America to thank for it. “If it were simply by a professor of law, I don’t know how interested we’d be,” admits Les Pockell, associate publisher of Warner. “This book is an effort not to be controversial but to reestablish his position as a legal scholar.”