Orenda Books has signed Scottish crime writer Doug Johnstone in a two-book deal.
Karen Sullivan, publisher of Orenda Books, acquired world English language rights for two standalone thrillers by Johnstone from Phil Patterson of Marjacq Scripts.
Sullivan said: "This is a hugely exciting signing for Orenda Books, and Doug is an immaculate fit for our growing list. I’ve long been a fan of Doug’s work – his high-quality writing, exceptional ability to create memorable characters and to sensitively examine motivation and emotional vulnerability – and I could not be happier to publish his next two books."
The first, Fault Lines, is a speculative thriller set in a post-volcanic Edinburgh. Sullivan said: "It is, quite literally, spine-tingling, with a tense, intricate plot, an intriguing and original premise, beautifully drawn characters who share a series of eerie and complex relationships, and a stunning ending." It will be published in May 2018, with the second book to follow in 2019.
Patterson said: "I am thrilled that Doug will be published by Orenda Books. Karen and her team have impressed with their energy and commitment to their writers. I have no doubt Orenda will showcase Doug's considerable talents."
Johnstone added: "I’m very excited to be joining Orenda. I’ve been a huge fan of their diverse list since they started, and Karen is the most hard-working and enthusiastic publisher in the business."