Only the author's second non-Hannibal novel, it is called Cari Mora
Thomas Harris's new novel, announced late last year as coming from Wm Heinemann in May, is to be called Cari Mora.
The withholding of the title until now may owe as much to Harris's working methods as as to marketing strategy. Ever since his breakthrough novel The Silence of the Lambs (1988), he has delivered novels that publishers and agents have known little or nothing about until the manuscripts have arrived, and that have then been sent into the market with some speed. Cari Mora is his first novel since Hannibal Rising (2006).
Reclusive, Harris has given a characteristically unenlightening quote: "I'm very pleased that Grand Central and Heinemann are publishing my new novel," he says.
All we have known to date is that this novel does not feature the serial killer Hannibal Lecter. Here is the blurb:
Twenty-five million dollars in cartel gold lies hidden beneath a mansion on the Miami Beach waterfront. Ruthless men have tracked it for years. Leading the pack is Hans-Peter Schneider. Driven by unspeakable appetites, he makes a living fleshing out the violent fantasies of other, richer men.
Cari Mora, caretaker of the house, has escaped from the violence in her native country. She stays in Miami on a wobbly Temporary Protected Status, subject to the iron whim of ICE. She works at many jobs to survive. Beautiful, marked by war, Cari catches the eye of Hans-Peter as he closes in on the treasure. But Cari Mora has surprising skills, and her will to survive has been tested before.
Jason Arthur, Wm Heinemann publisher, said: "There is no doubt in my mind that Thomas Harris remains one of the most notable writers of the last four decades, and the publication of his first novel in 13 years - his first non-Hannibal novel in over 40 - will be a significant publishing event. Hannibal Rising was the very first book I published when I joined William Heinemann back in 2006, and it was such a huge excitement for me as Red Dragon and The Silence of the Lambs ranked (and still rank) as two of my favourite thrillers of all time."
The hardback, ebook and audio publishing date is 16 May. Ebook editions of Red Dragon, The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal and Hannibal Rising are available now for the first time, and Harris' backlist is to be reissued on 21 March.