Barry Eisler announced today during his presentation at Publishers Launch Conference, an event held alongside BEA, that he has signed “within the hour” a deal with Thomas and Mercer, the new crime imprint at Amazon.

In response to the moderator’s question, Eisler also revealed he was receiving an advance “comparable to the one offered by Minotaur” which is widely rumored to be near $500,000.

Janet Reid, Literary Agent: BEA 2011 Day Three