Veronica Mars book series to pick up where movie ends

Creator Rob Thomas will co-write the new novels that are set to be released in spring 2014

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The Veronica Mars renaissance continues… Creator Rob Thomas has signed a two-book deal for a new series of stories based on the adult life of his adolescent TV creation.

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Fresh off the back of the current movie – which will see Kristen Bell reprise her role as the private investigator – Thomas will start work co-writing the book series picking up after the events of the film which went into production earlier this year after raising over $5 million in funding through Kickstarter. 

“I started my career as a novelist,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “Veronica Mars was first imagined as a novel. I’m thrilled that I’m going to get the opportunity to continue teling Veronica Mars stories in a form I’ve loved and missed.” 

The project will pair Thomas and Alloy Entertainment with Vintage Books, whose editor Andrea Robinson added, “Veronic Mars has always been a one-of-a-kind character, and, as a longtime fan of the series, I’ve always thought there is an immense amount of story left to be told. 

“Our goal for the book series is to appeal to fans of the show, but also to appeal to mystery readers and lovers of series featuring strong, intriguing female protagonists. 

“Veronica Mars is a contemporary update to the tradition of noir crime fiction that was established by Vintage’s Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler so it’s exciting that we’ll also publish her here.”

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The first book is due to be published in Spring 2014 and will likely coincide with the release of the hotly-anticipated movie.