Daniel Silva Signs 3-Book Deal With HarperCollins

Daniel Silva, author of the bestselling Gabriel Allon spy thrillers, has left Putnam and signed a new 3-book deal with HarperCollins. The first book under the new deal will be out in summer 2011. There’s no word on whether the new books will feature the popular Israeli spy, but Silva says his next book will contain a “big surprise.”

Last year, I attended one of Silva’s book signings for The Defector, and he spoke about the possibility of bringing back characters Michael Osbourne and Jean-Paul Delaroche. He said he thinks he subconsciously combined Osbourne and Delaroche when he created Gabriel Allon. Although he’s tempted to bring them back, he feels like they almost can’t exist in the same universe as Allon.

Silva also spoke about Hollywood’s interest in Gabriel Allon. He said the rumors that he sold the movie rights to his books to Universal are false. Apparently, he frequently receives pitches from movie studios and actors, but doesn’t have the confidence that Hollywood will represent Gabriel Allon in the same way as the books.

Daniel Silva’s latest book, The Rembrandt Affair, debuted at number one on the New York Times bestseller list earlier this summer.

(Source: AP)

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