NEW YORK — Matthew Shear, the publisher of St. Martin’s Press, who helped writers like Janet Evanovich and Augusten Burroughs climb the best-seller lists, died on Wednesday at his home in Manhattan. He was 57.
A spokeswoman for St. Martin’s Press, where Mr. hear was executive vice president and publisher, said the cause was complications of lung cancer.
Mr. Shear was a book publisher for more than 35 years and had worked at St. Martin’s since 1995.
In 2001 he published Evanovich’s first No. 1 New York Times best seller, “Hot Six.” “Running With Scissors” (2002), Burroughs’s first memoir, was on the Times list for three years and was adapted into a film starring Annette Bening and Alec Baldwin in 2006. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.