Posted on 05/26/2018 at 03:12 PM by Jeffrey Bruner

Novelist Lisa Scottoline has signed a six-book deal with Putnam including three thrillers and her first historical fiction novels — a trilogy set in Italy during World War II.

The trilogy is inspired by Philip Roth, who taught Scottoline in two seminars at the University of Pennsylvania during the 1970s. Roth died on Tuesday at the age of 85.

“I myself became an author because of him, his seminar and his books, especially his survey of the harrowing first-person accounts of the Holocaust,” she told the Associated Press.

“Roth admired very much the books of Primo Levi, notably his Survival in Auschwitz, which haunted me for decades to follow. I knew that someday I would write about the Holocaust in Italy and have been researching and studying it since then.”

The first book under the deal, Someone Knows, will be published next spring.

Scottoline has written 31 novels and sold more than 30 books in 35 countries.

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