Scottoline has new publisher, writing book inspired by Roth

May 24, 2018 - 8:00 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Lisa Scottoline, the best-selling crime writer, has a new publisher and is working on a different kind of book.

A book inspired in part by Philip Roth.

G.P. Putnam's Sons told The Associated Press on Thursday that it had reached a six-book deal with Scottoline, who previously published with St. Martin's Press.

The deal includes her first historical fiction, a planned trilogy set in Italy during the fascist reign of Mussolini. The first novel in the series is called "Eternal," and Scottoline is citing Roth, who died Tuesday at age 85, as a reason for writing it. While attending the University of Pennsylvania in the 1970s, Scottoline took a seminar with Roth called "Literature of the Holocaust." She has long wanted to write about that era.

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