HarperCollins to publish rediscovered Desmond Bagley thriller

Rights - Fiction Friday, 12 October 2018

Domino Island was written 'at the height of his powers' but withdrawn for obscure reasons


HarperCollins is to publish in May Domino Island, a rediscovered thriller by Desmond Bagley, one of the publisher's bestselling novelists of the 1960s and 70s. Publication is by agreement with the author's estate.

Domino Island, involving murder and corruption on a Caribbean island, was scheduled for publication in the autumn of 1972, but for reasons involving the release of The Mackintosh Man, a film version starring Paul Newman of another Bagley novel, was shelved. The typescript was recently uncovered among the author's papers at an archive in Boston, USA.

Bagley, whose 16 other novels remain in print with HarperCollins, died in 1983.

David Brawn, publisher of estates at HarperCollins, said: "It's fairly well known that Bagley would start a novel and abandon it if he felt that it wasn't working, and in fact his wife Joan completed the last two books, Night of Error and Juggernaut, after his tragically early death, aged 59. But finding a full-length, fully-formed book more than 40 years later was beyond our wildest expectations. And, my goodness, what a thrill to read an original Bagley, written at the height of his powers when his books commanded millions of sales. Domino Island is a long overdue reminder of just how good and exciting his writing really was."

HarperCollins has world rights, including TV.

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