Hodder and Stoughton has signed three new novels by South African crime writer Deon Meyer.
Publisher Nick Sayers acquired UK and British Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, from literary agent Isobel Dixon of Blake Friedmann.
The first book in the contract, Icarus, will feature Meyer’s popular harassed detective Benny Griessel. The following novel, Fever, will be a standalone thriller.
Sayers said: “Deon combines brilliant suspense and driving narrative with the most wonderful sense of character. He writes thrillers with a very human heart and the whole house loves his work. We are thrilled to publish him so successfully in South Africa and we are determined to match that success in our other markets. All his fans will be delighted to hear that Benny will be back next year, and Fever will give us a huge opportunity to reach new readers as well.”
Dixon added: “Nick Sayers has been Deon’s editor over several titles now and we’re delighted to continue this happy relationship with Hodder. I know his many fans, like me, can’t wait to see what happens to Benny Griessel next and there are exciting stories to come beyond that. Deon Meyer never disappoints and I look forward to Hodder’s commitment taking his terrific books to new heights.”
Meyer lives near Cape Town. His novel Thirteen Hours (Hodder) was shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger 2010.
Hodder will publish Icarus in August 2015.