Pessl returns with Hutchinson

Hutchinson has signed a "good six-figure deal" for Night Film, a new novel by US writer Marisha Pessl, whose debut Special Topics in Calamity Physics was published by Penguin in 2007.

Publishing director Jocasta Hamilton bought UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, in the title from Karolina Sutton at Curtis Brown on behalf of Amanda Urban at ICM.

The book, the story of a washed-up investigative journalist obsessed by searching out the truth concerning a girl’s suicide, is said to be "stuffed with oddities and oddballs yet believable and tender". Hamilton said: "Night Film is a novel about obsession that demands total immersion-a benchmark of classic storytelling designed for the audience of today."

Rights in the novel have been sold in Holland, Italy, Germany, France, Greece, Finland, Brazil, with deal spending in Israel, Norway and Spain.