Rights Available! True Life Tales of Murder and Hackers Up for Grabs

Ryan D'Agostino's 'The Rising' and Jeremy N. Smith's 'Becoming Alien,' a book about the true story of a female hacker's 20-year career, are both ready for optioning.
Courtesy of Crown

This story first appeared in the Dec. 25 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

The Rising (Crown) by Ryan D'Agostino
Agency: InkWell

A man rebuilds his life after his wife and daughters are brutally murdered in a home invasion in this powerful true story about the resilience of the human spirit. D'Agostino is a National Magazine Award-winning journalist who has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times and Esquire and now is editor-in-chief of Popular Mechanics.

Becoming Alien (Eamon Dolan) by Jeremy N. Smith
Agencies: Tessler Literary, Gersh

Catch Me If You Can meets Lisbeth Salander in this true-life story of female hacker Alien's 20-year career. Alien's identity will remain secret, but she will help promote the book, which will hit shelves in 2018.