Behold, the paperback cover for Department 19: Zero Hour, the fourth and penultimate installment in the series. As you can see, it follows the new style that we established when we redesigned the first three paperbacks in 2013, and I couldn’t be more delighted with it – it hints at aspects of the story of Zero Hour, but more importantly, it (hopefully!) conveys the atmosphere of the latest book – dark, frightening, and foreboding.
The paperback of Zero Hour will be published in January 2015 in the UK and the English-language export markets, and shortly afterwards in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa.
Now – over the last month or so, I’ve had a lot of readers asking me when Zero Hour will be published in the USA – it’s taken a while to get the information confirmed, because we’ve changed American publishers for the fourth and fifth books, from Razorbill to HarperCollins, but I’ve now got the provisional information. Things may change, as always, but as of right now, the plan is as follows.
Department 19: Zero Hour will be published in both physical and ebook editions in the US in January 2015.
I know that’s later than previous installments, but I’m afraid that there was simply nothing I could do to speed it up. The good news is that Department 19: Darkest Night will be published in the USA next summer, either on the same July date as the UK edition or very VERY soon afterwards. I’m very pleased that it will be the fastest that we’ve ever managed to published a D19 novel in the States – I’ve been working as hard as possible to try and ensure that everybody gets the last book in the series as close to simultaneously as is humanly possible.
I’ll do updates as I get more details, but for now, and as always, thanks for reading and for your endless enthusiasm for the series – I’m humbled by it all.