Celadon Books Acquires Thriller by 'Blue Bloods' Showrunner Kevin Wade

Celadon Books is excited to announce the acquisition of thriller JOHNNY CARELESS by Kevin Wade, showrunner for Blue Bloods and author of Working Girl screenplay.

Wade's debut novel follows Jeep Mullane, ex-NYPD detective and police chief of Long Island's North Shore. Jeep is a native of the so-called Gold Coast, though from the wrong side of the tracks, and is well-versed in the tribal differences between the upper and lower classes, the 'haves' and the 'have-nots.' When the body of his longtime best friend washes up on the beach along with a hundred questions about how it got there, Jeep is forced to reckon with their shared past as he uncovers its fatal collision with the present.

"The character of Police Chief Jeep Mullane will be an iconic new entry to the crime genre," says Celadon President and Publisher Deb Futter. "And Kevin Wade, a screenwriter for years, has the know-how to have written an utterly riveting book. I cannot wait to publish this!"

Wade is a playwright, screenwriter and television writer/producer whose credits include the stage plays Key Exchange (1981), Mr. & Mrs. (1983), and Cruise Control (1985) and the screenplays for the movies Working Girl (1988, 7 Academy Awards nominations), True Colors (1991), Mr. Baseball (1992), Junior (1995), Meet Joe Black (1998) and Maid in Manhattan (2002). For television, he created the ABC television drama Cashmere Mafia (2007), and, in 2010, he joined the rookie CBS drama Blue Bloods as an EP and since 2011 has served as its Showrunner/ Executive Producer/Backseat Driver. In 2010, he was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best Episodic Teleplay for the episode entitled “My Aim is True”. Upon settlement of the current strike, he will return as showrunner for Blue Bloods fourteenth and final season.

Futter acquired the book in an exclusive submission by Esther Newberg at CAA (NA), for publication in 2025.

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