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Crown nabs Tim Kring’s book trilogy

Dale Peck to co-write 'Flag of Orpheus'

Crown Publishers has ponied up $3 million for a book trilogy by “Heroes” creator Tim Kring.

Novelist Dale Peck will co-write “The Flag of Orpheus,” an alternate history thriller about the abuses of power and moral obligation to resist it, with the TV scribe, a newcomer to the book realm. Endeavor lit topper Richard Abate brokered the deal for Kring, who’s repped by the tenpercentery for his smallscreen activities.

First tome, dubbed “Shift,” is skedded for a fall 2009 by the Random House imprint. Trilogy revolves around key turning points in late 20th century, including early 1960s drug culture.

Each installment will be launched with an alternate reality game as part of the online marketing push.

Besides “Heroes,” Kring created “Crossing Jordan” and wrote for skeins such as “Chicago Hope” and “Providence.”

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