Brolly's crime and SF novels to Canelo
JASMIN KIRKBRIDE • 20 September 2016
Canelo has signed world English language rights in three novels by Matt Brolly from Joanna Swainson at Hardman & Swainson. ZERO, the first book in a new, near-future crime series, will appear this November.
Zero follows Detective Inspector Kate Swanson as she leads an investigation into the kidnapping of a high court judge. As a string of explosions ramp up the stakes, and Swanson battles with her superiors, her own warring instincts and the city’s political factions, she faces a seemingly insoluble case.
The deal also includes an addition to Brolly’s DCI MICHAEL LAMBERT series. The first two books in the series, Dead Eyed and Dead Lucky, were published by HarperCollins.
“Zero is a departure from my first two novels… a traditional crime fiction story set in a world where every crime is punishable by death,” Brolly said. “I am delighted to be working with Canelo on this new, exciting release. I have been so impressed with the enthusiasm and passion shown by the team and can’t wait to be part of their growing and impressive list.”
Michael Bhaskar, Canelo Publishing Director, said: “Matt Brolly is a truly accomplished crime author with an outstanding track record. His novels are intense, totally absorbing but also, that rare thing, genuinely original. He is able to take crime in new and exciting directions, creating characters, plots and scenarios that feel fresh, different and totally compulsive. We can’t wait to publish him.”
Following his law degree, Brolly completed his Masters in creative writing at Glasgow University.