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Penguin Books acquires bestselling international thriller

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Joel Dicker
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Penguin Books has won the rights to Swiss author Joël Dicker’s The Truth About the Harry Quebert, the Penguin Group imprint announced today.

According to the press release, the acquisition is the biggest in the Penguin Books’ history. The book has made a splash overseas, winning three literary prizes in France, topping bestseller lists in Italy and Spain, and gaining ground at the 2012 Frankfurt Book Fair, where the publisher of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo bought the title.

Dicker’s novel centers on the disappearance of a 15-year-old New Hampshire girl, whose case attracts the attention of a young American writer, Marcus Goldman, when her body turns up in the backyard of his mentor’s home.

The thriller will be published May 27, 2014.