Thread has acquired World All Language rights for a chilling true crime story of greed, sex and murder by number one New York Times bestselling author of If You Tell, Gregg Olsen. The deal washandled by Susan Raihofer of the David Black Literary Agency. American Black Widow tells the story of minister’s wife Sharon Nelson, who manipulated her lover into murdering two of her husbands.

Commissioning Editor Nina Winters said:

‘Gregg Olsen dives into the shocking and bizarre case of Sharon Nelson, who wreaked havoc in a sleepy Colorado town in the 1980s. Olsen uncovers the tangled web of Sharon’s dark lies, greed and manipulation, which ultimately led to the brutal murder of two of her husbands. A gripping and extraordinary story, American Black Widow will have true-crime fans of The Staircase, American Mother and Making a Murderer on the edge of their seat.’

Olsen commented:

‘Everyone knows that there is nothing more appealing to true crime readers than a female killer and with Sharon Nelson as the focus of American Black Widow, readers will revel in the over-the-top story of a woman who stopped at nothing to get what she wanted.’

Thread will publish American Black Widow in ebook, audio and paperback on 13th July 2023.

American Black Widow

Gregg Olsen

Published: 13 July 2023