Full Agent Profile: Jim McCarthy


Jim McCarthy

Dystel & Goderich Literary Management

Literary Fiction | Chick Lit | Mystery | Commercial Fiction | Fantasy | Women's Fiction | Humor/Satire | Romance | Young Adult | Multi-Cultural

Sports | Politics | Memoirs | Dating/Relationships | Current Affairs | Business | Narrative | Humor | Home/Design

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    • He is particularly interested in literary women’s fiction, underrepresented voices, mysteries, romance, paranormal fiction, and anything unusual or unexpected.
    • In addition to fiction he is also interested in narrative nonfiction, humor, memoir, paranormal nonfiction, and anything related to architecture, planning, or real estate.


    • Graduate of New York University

    Frostbite (Vampire Academy, Book 2)
    Author:   Richelle Mead
    Genres:   Young Adult
    Publisher:   Razorbill (April 10, 2008)

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    Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, Book 1)
    Author:   Richelle Mead
    Genres:   Young Adult
    Publisher:   Razorbill (August 16, 2007)
    After two years on the run, best friends Rose, half-human/half-vampire, and Lissa, a mortal vampire princess, are caught and returned to St. Vladimir's Academy. Up until then, Rose had kept Lissa safe from her enemies; school, however, brings both girls additional challenges and responsibilities. How they handle peer pressure, nasty gossip, new relationships, and anonymous threats may mean life or death.
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    Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy, Book 3)
    Author:   Richelle Mead
    Genres:   Young Adult
    Publisher:   Razorbill (November 13, 2008)
    Is Rose’s fate to kill the person she loves most? It’s springtime at St. Vladimir’s Academy, and Rose Hathaway is this close to graduation. Since Mason’s death, Rose hasn’t been feeling quite right. She has dark flashbacks in the middle of practice, can’t concentrate in class, and has terrifying dreams about Lissa. But Rose has an even bigger secret . . . .She’s in love with Dimitri. And this time, it’s way more than a crush. Then Strigoi target the academy in the deadliest attack in Moroi history, and Dimitri is taken. Rose must protect Lissa at all costs, but keeping her best friend safe could mean losing Dimitri forever…
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    Weirdly Beloved: Tales of Strange Bedfellows, Odd Couplings, and Love Gone Bad
    Author:   Cynthia Ceilan
    Genres:   Dating/Relationships | Humor
    Publisher:   The Lyons Press (December 16, 2008)
    Inspired by the romantic misadventures she’s witnessed in her own family, Cynthia Ceilán takes us jauntily through real-life stories about love: what demented things we do in the name of love, the wildly unusual choices people have made in their selection of a mate, and the joys and horrors of saying goodbye to a relationship that has long overstayed its welcome.
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    Death Perception (Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 6)
    Author:   Victoria Laurie
    Genres:   Mystery
    Publisher:   Signet (September 2, 2008)
    It took a while for Abby Cooper’s FBI agent boyfriend, Dutch Rivers, to accept her psychic gifts as the real deal. But these days he knows better than to question Abby’s visions. So when his favorite cousin Chase is kidnapped in Vegas, they both catch the next flight to Sin City. Abby’s inner eye insists that Chase is still alive, but nothing else about the case adds up—especially Dutch’s reluctance to involve his own Bureau.
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    The Forest of Hands and Teeth
    Author:   Carrie Ryan
    Genres:   Young Adult
    Publisher:   Delacorte Books for Young Readers (March 24, 2009)
    In Mary's world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But, slowly, Mary’s truths are failing her. She’s learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future—between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death?
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    Author:   Julia Templeton
    Genres:   Romance
    Publisher:   Aphrodisia (October 6, 2009)
    The oldest of the Rayborne brothers, Sinjin's insatiable appetite for sex has earned him the nickname 'Sin'. But his frequent visits to London's most infamous pleasure houses must now come to an end. For a rogue who's accustomed to indulging his every desire, one woman can never be enough...until Sinjin locks eyes with Katelyn Davenport, and knows she is the one woman he can't get enough of...Betrothed to a much older man in payment for her late father's gambling debts, Katelyn dreads her wedding day - and her wedding night even more. When she meets Sinjin at a soiree intended to introduce him to the eligible young ladies of the ton, she envies the lucky woman who will ultimately become his bride. But when Sinjin seduces Katelyn, giving her just a taste of his legendary sensual skills, she can only imagine herself in his bed every night...
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    Tall, Dark & Fangsome (Immortality Bites)
    Author:   Michelle Rowen
    Genres:   Young Adult
    Publisher:   Forever (September 1, 2009)
    Sarah Dearly's vampire life is not all B-positive cocktails. A curse made her a nightwalker, the most vicious vamp there is; the charm she wears to curb her deadly tendencies is losing its juice; and a hunter from hell is turning up the heat. Gideon Chase will kill the ones she loves most if she doesn't obey his orders. That includes breaking up with master vampire Thierry and turning Gideon into an immortal vamp so he can escape a doom of eternal hellfire.
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    Doom with a View (Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 7)
    Author:   Victoria Laurie
    Genres:   Mystery
    Publisher:   Signet (September 1, 2009)
    Business has been frustratingly slow for Abby. She reluctantly agrees to a job with the FBI, putting her at the center of an internal political struggle between two agents. Abby's skills and patience are tested, but when she helps them locate three college students who've mysteriously disappeared, they know she's the real deal. Her intuition says these weren't random abductions. With her psychic eye wide open she sets out to find a kidnapper...
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    Staging to Sell: The Secret to Selling Homes in a Down Market
    Author:   Barb Schwarz
    Genres:   Business
    Publisher:   Wiley (June 9, 2009)
    In Staging to Sell, Barb Schwarz, The Creator of Home Staging®, offers her winning tactics, secrets, and strategies for selling a home at top dollar during these challenging times.
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