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Identity of Altar of Bones author remains a mystery

9th February 2012

The identity of the Nobel Prize-nominated author of Altar of Bones - who uses the pseudonym Philip Carter - is continuing to puzzle the book industry, with even the novel's publisher unsure of who the writer is.

Published by Simon & Schuster last year to little fanfare, the novel received positive reviews from critics and has slowly amassed a significant following, being translated into 12 languages and published in 14 countries.

The novel focuses on a woman who unknowingly holds a secret that can change the course of history and the plot sees the protagonist travel to many different countries on her quest to unearth the truth, yet the biggest mystery of all is the identity of the book's author.

Maxine Hitchcock, editorial director of fiction at Simon & Schuster, said the writer has identified his or herself as an 'internationally renowned novelist and Nobel Prize contender', yet she is no closer to unearthing the truth, despite being in regular contact with the author via email for almost a year.

'People might say, "gosh, is this cynical on the part of the publisher?" But what I like is letting the story talk. It's quite refreshing in this age to focus on what is written, rather than on the personality of the writer,' she explained.

One thing we do know is that the author signed a two-book deal with Simon & Schuster, so we can at least expect to see a sequel published before the identity of 'Philip Carter' is revealed.

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