By Joe Sharkey

It’s been a long time coming, but my book “Above Suspicion” has been adapted for a major movie that is going into production later this month, starring Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones”) and Jack Huston (the $200 million new “Ben-Hur” remake coming this summer) — and directed by Phillip Noyce (“Salt”).

Emilia ClarkeI’m especially delighted that Emilia Clark, who is British, nailed the eastern Kentucky accent and is playing a tragic figure in my true-crime book, a sassy coal-miner’s daughter and informant who was killed by a dashing young FBI agent in Hatfield-McCoy country after she threatened to ruin his career by exposing their brief affair. Clarke, who is known for her smarts and for her desire to expand her range as an actress, is the absolutely right choice for this strong, poignant role.

News of the movie going into production hit all the trades — and an astonishing array of national and international entertainment websites and blogs — last Tuesday.

Here’s the Variety story.

The book, by the way, is out of print (though available for a pittance used on Amazon).