Oliver Munson at AM Heath has sold world rights to Zodiac by Sam Wilson to Emad Akhtar at Michael Joseph.
Zodiac is described as "a high-concept serial killer thriller" set in a society which, rather than class, race or religion, is divided by Zodiac signs where status is cast at birth and binding forever. A series of brutal murders ensue as pieces of a grand puzzle.
Akhtar said: “I was instantly hooked by Sam’s unique concept and it has been a joy to see him bring it to life. The story is at heart a brilliantly executed thriller, filled with memorable characters, and nail-biting moments throughout. It’s a project we and the other publishers around the world will have a lot of fun publishing.”
Penguin Random House has so far had auctions and pre-empts for translation rights in Germany, Holland, Italy, Spain and Turkey.
The book is set to be published in the UK in July 2016.