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Investigation Discovery US in deal with author James Patterson for a scripted show

MUMBAI: US infotainment broadcaster Discovery’s channel Investigation Discovery (ID) has announced a development deal with author James Patterson to write and executive produce a six-part, fully scripted series for the network.

The series will be based on all-new, ID-branded, true crime stories written for Patterson’s new line of novella-length stories, BookShots – pulse-pounding thrillers available for under $5 and 150 pages or less – featuring mutually agreed-upon story topics. ID-branded BookShots will be released in conjunction with the on-air premiere of this series, set to debut on ID in 2017.

Patterson initially shot to fame with his Alex Cross and Women’s Murder Club novels.

“As the best-selling author, around the world, since 2001, there is no bigger name than James Patterson. Patterson is the ultimate storyteller, and for a television network known for its own powerful storytelling, to now have him as our “partner in crime” is truly a match made in heaven for his readers and ID’s viewers,” said Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel and Destination America group president Henry Schleiff.

Patterson said, “Imagine me saying this, but truth can definitely be stranger than fiction. My plan is that we will create a groundbreaking series that shatters the true crime mold and attracts the widest possible audience for Investigation Discovery, and also BookShots.”

Patterson has sold over 355 million books worldwide, and holds the Guinness World Record for the most number New York Times bestsellers. In Patterson’s series with ID, each episode will tackle a new true crime story following the intimate first-hand experience of a given case’s key characters. As every step of the crime unfolds, viewers will become a one-stop court of public opinion – and in the end, serve as the ultimate judge of right and wrong.

BookShots are all-new, original stories that feature a complete, cinematic storytelling experience in 150 pages. Characters include the detectives Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, and the Women’s Murder Club. For readers with busy schedules, BookShots is being positioned as the answer. BookShots features a website and mobile apps available on iOS and Android that let readers discover, purchase and read BookShots ebooks and audiobooks across all devices.