World, Chase Me Down – I Still Remember the Query Letter

World, Chase Me Down by Andrew Hilleman

wcmdcoverAndrew Hilleman’s debut novel World, Chase Me Down will be released by Penguin Books on January 24 and y’all better get ready!

World, Chase Me Down is a rousing, suspenseful book based on the forgotten true story of Pat Crowe, a Robin Hood of the American frontier who pulls off the first successful kidnapping for ransom in U.S. history.

Michael Punke, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of The Revenant said this about it:

“A rollicking great read that careens between funny and poignant, intimate and epic, action-packed and romantic. And like the best historical fiction, its themes are as contemporary as breaking news.”

I’m beyond excited about this book and for the accolades Andrew has already received.

Andrew queried me with World, Chase Me Down on January 15, 2015, captivating me with his his pitch for this truly Nebraskan story. The book had a different title then (and a lot more words) but Pat Crowe is still Pat Crowe and I can’t wait for the world to meet him!

A specific line from Andrew’s query letter was particularly moving two years ago and, proving a good author’s prophetic vision, it’s even more relevant today.

About his manuscript, Andrew said this:

“It’s a story that’s necessary today, reflective of our times. This is history that matters to us now in a very urgent way. I would be honored if you took a close look.”

I’m glad I took a close look, Andy. I’m very glad.


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