Hi, I'm in the process of coming up with a list of comps. The one book, Ostland, that would be my best comp was published a few years ago by UK publisher Quercus, later bought out by Hachette. The book does not mention the agent. The author has a very common name (David Thomas), and my extensive searches everywhere have failed to unearth any way of reaching him (he is also in UK). He has a blog (http://dwpt.tumblr.com), last post 2013, also with zero contact. Emails to Hachette go unanswered. Author does not have any social media presence that I can find. I think he must be in the UK version of the Witness Protection Program, honestly. Or perhaps he's moved on to the literary salon in the sky (I hope not). (He also writes under the pseudonym Tom Cain - Tom's last book was published in '13. The Tom Cain website hasn't been updated since 2008.) Linkedin has over 1000 men with similar names in the UK alone.
Here's what I know: He's 55 or so, went to Eton and Cambridge. He was once editor of Punch magazine (1989-1992).
I have a similar problem with finding the US agent for Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay; I believe her original agent was in France (and probably would not be interested in hearing from me).
So I have 2 questions:
1. Can you think of any way to ID the agent for this book or to contact the author?
2. A lot of my comps were published overseas, some later translated into English. Is there any point in sending queries to agents overseas (English speaking countries)? Or to agents who've facilitated US publication of works originally published elsewhere?