Karin Slaughter Moves From Penguin Random House to Harper Collins

Internationally bestselling crime author Karin Slaughter has apparently returned to her original publisher, Harper Collins, from Penguin Random House mid-release cycle.

Pretty Girls, which appeared to be the second book in her two-book major deal with Ballantine Bantam Dell announced back in October 2012, was slated for release by Delacorte, the same imprint that had published her Edgar-nominated Cop Town as well as her Will Trent series, this summer. A quick search online shows the Delacorte ISBN and cover still appearing on several web sites, including Amazon (which adds a "Currently unavailable" warning), but a new listing for the book now appears on the William Morrow site with a new publishing date of late September — and no cover art, no blurb, and a new ISBN.


Slaughter's two-book deal for Cop Town, announced in 2012.

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The book's former listing on the Random House website, found via Google's cache.

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The book's current status on Amazon: "unavailable".

No formal announcement has been made with regard to the change in publishers, but Slaughter inked a deal in April 2014 for a non-fiction series with Pretty Girls' new publishing house, William Morrow. The only hint that a change had taken place was a response to a request made by RT Book Reviews to Delacorte representatives for a review copy that included a link to the William Morrow listing for the book.

Slaughter's April 2014 book deal with William Morrow.

We've reached out to William Morrow for further comment and will keep you updated.

UPDATE 4/14/2015: HarperCollins has released an announcement regarding a new series with Slaughter.

Pretty Girls will be available September 29. For more mystery news visit our Everything Mystery page.