EXCLUSIVE: Thrice Emergency room Emmy-nominated actor Eriq La Salle has landed a three-book worldwide rights deal with Sourcebooks publisher Ebony Magazine Publishing for his dark and gritty thriller series Martyr Maker.
laws of depravity, will be the first volume and will be available to a worldwide audience in November. The second title will be laws of anger then Laws of annihilation.
The franchise follows NYPD detectives Quincy Cavanaugh and Phee Freeman and FBI agent Janet Maclin as they investigate brutal murders by high-profile serial killers. The books have received praise from literary trade journals, as well as praise from New York Times‘ bestselling author James Patterson. All books will be available for the first time in audio.
“Unfortunately, there has always been a gross underrepresentation of writers of color in the thriller/suspense genre,” La Salle says. “The exciting collaboration between two highly respected brands such as Ebony and Sourcebooks demonstrates their commitment to bringing out new voices and diverse perspectives. I’m both honored and thrilled to have my thriller series selected to help start this incredible endeavor of showcasing universally compelling stories that exist beyond race and gender.
At Emergency room, La Salle played Dr. Peter Benton for 171 episodes, earning seven NAACP Image Award nominations and three wins, seven SAG Award nominations and four wins, three Primetime Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe nomination as well.
His feature film credits include Coming to America, one hour photo, and Logan. Deadline recently announced its commitment to the Hallmark Channel movie A second chance in love opposite Emergency room former Gloria Reuben. La Salle recently completed executive producing and directing the final season of Chicago PD, which was his fourth season on the show as a key production manager. He also directed several episodes of Chicago Med, Chicago Justice, The Night Shift, Under the Dome, CSI: Cyber as well as episodes for Madam Secretary, Lucifer, APB, Training Day, Librarians, Once Upon a Time, Rosewood and the Showtime pilot Food for the soul.
Has a first look at Universal Television and is working on developing two new series for them – a drama based on the novel The Moonlight Heist by Michael Harvey about a heartbroken Boston police detective and thriller series, Ripper, about a tortured sheriff who teams up with a disgraced London detective to hunt down Jack the Ripper in the American Wild West.