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Karen Dionne follows 'Freezing Point' momentum with new novel
What sophomore slump? Just months after the launch of environmental
thriller "Freezing Point," debut novelist Karen Dionne
has a deal for her sophomore work after literary agent Jeff Kleinman sold her second
environmental thriller "Boiling Point" to publisher Berkley Books,
Karen told WORD'N'BASS.com.
Karen (pictured left) said she'll
spend the next year writing the novel to meet a March submission
deadline. Berkley, a Penguin
imprint, slated an October 2010 publication date.
For Karen, the
deal continues her dream of becoming a career thriller author focused
on scientific and environmental issues. As she told
WORD'N'BASS.com during the launch of her debut: "I'd like to
stay under the science
thriller umbrella. I love science, and I love taking a plausible, 'what
if' scientific scenario and pushing the story to its limits, so for me,
science thrillers are a perfect fit."
Boiling Point involves the colliding worlds of an erupting volcano, a
missing researcher and a scheme to bring a permanent end to global
warming. Berkley editor Natalee
Rosenstein snapped up Karen's latest
after a pitch from Jeff Kleinman, a founder of Folio Literary
Management. A summary of his pitch is as follows:
An erupting volcano, a missing researcher, and a scheme to end global
warming collide in Boiling Point, a thriller about a Nobel
Prize-winning scientist who decides to bring an abrupt halt to global
warming through geoengineering. His plan: enhance the natural sulphide
emissions from a recently revived volcano in Chile, seeding the
atmosphere with sulphur dioxide particles, and thus cooling the earth
by permanently reducing the amount of sunlight reaching the planet.
Three people are in a position to stop him: a microbiologist searching
for his missing partner in the vicinity of the remote volcano, the head
of an environmental organization better known for staging dramatic
protests than taking meaningful action, and the world’s leading volcano
adventurer. But should they?
Boiling Point explores the deep divisions in the political,
environmental, and scientific communities regarding what should be done
about global warming, highlighting the scope of the problem while
raising the question: Can anyone know what’s best for the earth?
for more information and books from Berkley. More on Folio Literary
Management is at their website.
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