TriStar Pictures Nabs Melanie Raabe’s Debut Novel 'The Trap' (Exclusive)

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'The Trap'

Originally published in German, the English-language translation was one of the hottest titles at last month’s London Book Fair.

TriStar Pictures has acquired film rights to Melanie Raabe’s debut novel, The Trap.

Originally published in German, the English-language translation was one of the hottest titles at last month’s London Book Fair, where it generated keen film interest from Hollywood producers.

The Trap focuses on Linda Conrads, a best-selling novelist who is haunted by a terrible event in her past — the day she discovered the blood-soaked body of her sister Anna and caught a glimpse of the killer’s face. Years later, Linda is still traumatized by the unsolved crime and has not left her home in 11 years. One day, while watching television, she sees the killer’s face again — it belongs to the high-profile journalist Victor Lenzen. She decides to set a trap to catch Victor — by writing a thriller based story on the death of her sister and promote the book through one interview, with Victor.

As a literary property, the book sparked an intense bidding auction and sold in multiple countries worldwide. Grand Central will publish The Trap in the U.S. in 2016.

TriStar's Nicole Brown brought the project into the Sony fold, and Elizabeth Cantillon (the upcoming Will Smith NFL film Concussion) and Josh Bratman (The Sitter) have teamed up to produce.

"We heard about The Trap at the 2014 Frankfurt Book Fair, and were instantly intrigued by its premise of the central character writing a novel to catch her sister's killer," said Michael Heyward of Text Publishing in Australia. "We bought world English rights from Random House in Germany but had to wait for Imogen Taylor's superb translation to understand just what an unexpected and suspenseful novel Melanie has crafted. We put the manuscript of The Trap on the market just ahead of the London Book Fair, and the competition for rights instantly exploded."

ICM Partners repped the novel on behalf of Random House Germany.

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