Thread to publish its first true crime story by Thomas & Mercer bestseller suspense author Ellen Green

Scheduled for January 2022, Through the Gate explores the story of the first recorded mass shooting in the United States. In 1949, twenty-eight-year-old Howard Barton Unruh shot thirteen people in less than twelve minutes on his block in East Camden, New Jersey. With access to newly released police reports, eyewitness accounts and extensive interviews with the family of Raymond Havens who knew the killer and witnessed the unfolding tragedy first-hand, this is a fascinating account of a terrifying historical event that until now has been largely forgotten. Claire Bord acquired World rights from Jessica Alvarez at Bookends Literary Agency.

Claire said:

‘With Ellen’s meticulous eye for detail and research including new insights and access to diaries and the family of Raymond who was twelve-years-old at the time, she will be bringing to life the chilling story of Howard Barton Unruh as never been seen before.’

Ellen said:

‘I am beyond thrilled at the opportunity to work with Thread in bringing my first true crime story, THROUGH THE GATE, to life. Claire Bord and her team have breathed excitement and vision into this accounting of the first mass shooting episode in the United States. Partnering with Thread to bring this mix of history, suspense and psychology to the page has been an absolute joy.’

Jessica commented:

‘Known for her gripping fiction, Ellen J. Green brings her suspense chops to Thread in her riveting true crime book. Claire and the entire Thread team have shown enthusiasm, excitement, and innovation in their vision for Ellen’s work, and I am delighted by our partnership.

Through the Gate will be published in January 2022 in ebook, paperback and audio.