Don Winslow Signs Two-Book Deal With William Morrow

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Don Winslow, American author, wrote the novel Savages as well as the film adaptation.

William Morrow has acquired the next two books from bestselling author Don Winslow (The Cartel), the HarperCollins imprint announced. 

The subject matter for the first book, set for summer 2017, is being kept under wraps. The second book will be the last part of his trilogy on the war on drugs that started with The Power of the Dog and continued in The Cartel.

"Don Winslow is a daring and bravura storyteller, and his work is full of characters and language at once frightening, funny, heartbreaking and wholly original. There is really no one like him, and it’s a huge honor to have the opportunity to work with him,” said David Highfill, vice president and executive editor at William Morrow, in a statement announcing the deal.

21st Century Fox optioned the film rights to The Cartel for $6 million with Ridley Scott attached to direct.

Separately, Winslow and director Michael Mann are working on a historical novel about crime bosses Tony Accardo & Sam Giancana, with an eye to turning the finished book into a Mann-directed movie. That book, which will come out under Mann's own imprint at William Morrow, is expected to be published between the two books in Winslow's new deal. 

Winslow is the author of 19 novels and has won the Raymond Chandler Award and been nominated for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger award three times.

Winslow was represented by Shane Salerno at The Story Factory.