Steve Berry’s Next Cotton Malone Thriller, ‘The Bishop’s Pawn,’ Set To Hit Bookstores In Early 2018

UPDATE: July 12, 2017


Good news, The Bishop’s Pawn is official available for pre-order!


It’s only been about a month since Steve Berry released his twelfth Cotton Malone novel, The Lost Order, and already we’ve gotten the scoop on number thirteen–which isn’t due in bookstores until sometime in March of next year. 

We’ve been reporting tons of Steve Berry news for the last year. Not only did we announce his new four-book deal with Minotaur Books last May, but we also reported book updates for two future projects last April. So, continuing that trend, it’s only natural that we’re able to announce that his next Cotton Malone novel will be The Bishop’s Pawn, a year before it’ll make its way into bookstores. 

While we don’t have all the details yet, we’ve been told that The Bishop’s Pawn will feature a riveting plot about Martin Luther King Jr., his feud with FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, and his assassination in 1968. Set in the present day, Cotton Malone somehow makes a shocking discovery about what really happened. We’ve also been told that Berry weaves in a storyline about Malone’s early days when he was recruited by Stephanie Nelle to work for the Justice Department, but we’ve been unable to confirm rumors about whether or not this book is written in first or third-perosn narrative. 

Again, we’re still nearly a year away from publication, so that’s actually quite a bit of information about Berry’s next thriller when you consider the current date. Unfortunately, there’s no pre-order link yet, nor do we know exactly when The Bishop’s Pawn will come out–but we’ll be sure to update this article just as soon as that information is available. 

In the meantime, if you haven’t already picked up The Lost Order, Berry’s most recent novel, order yourself a copy here. Not only do we believe it to be Berry’s best book to date, but it’s one of this year’s best thrillers. 




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