Pan Mac has acquired two titles from Pariah author David Jackson.
Will Atkins, Pan Macmillan editorial director for fiction, bought world rights direct from Jackson for a "good five-figure sum”.
The first title, The Helper, follows Callum Doyle, the NYPD detective introduced in Jackson’s debut Pariah, as he investigates a series of murders triggered by the killing of a young woman in a New York bookshop.
Atkins said: "Few thriller writers, let alone relative newcomers, are able to combine wit, pace and explosive set pieces with such sheer style.
"Callum Doyle is shaping up to be one of the great flawed heroes of the genre.’"
The Helper is lined up for February 2012.