When the B.G. Dilworth Agency brought this particular book proposal to HarperCollins 15 months ago, it was a “standard acquisition process except for the NDA.” That according to a publicist at the publisher who spoke to New York magazine’s Elon Green.
Green’s exclusive Intelligencer item last night has tipped a wave of rippling media coverage today about a son’s claim via The Most Dangerous Animal of All (hitting shelves today) that his dad was the infamous “Zodiac Killer.” Gary L. Stewart came to this frightening familial conclusion after 12 years of research. From Green’s item:
For months, dozens of HarperCollins staff — sales, marketing, publicity and legal — have managed to keep a potentially explosive new book almost entirely quiet. The Most Dangerous Animal of All is being published Tuesday but still has no cover art on the publisher’s website…. As of 1:30 p.m. Monday, its Amazon sales rank was #140,113.
What a difference a day makes. At press time, it’s ranked #389 overall and #2-3 respectively in Crime & Criminals and Serial Killers sub-categories.[Jacket cover courtesy: HarperCollins]