Debut novel Post Mortem by former police officer Kate London, to be published in August by Atlantic, has been optioned for a television series.
Newly-formed Sly Fox Productions, in collaboration with Acorn Productions, has acquired a TV option for the crime novel from Anne-Marie Doulton of The Ampersand Agency. It is the first novel optioned by Sly Fox.
World publishing rights in Post Mortem and a second novel were acquired last year by Atlantic Books' publishing director Margaret Stead. The first novel will be published in August 2015 and the second in August 2016, both under Atlantic's Corvus imprint.
Doulton said: "Post Mortem offers depth, substance and quality of writing not always seen in crime fiction. Classic tools of the thriller-writer's trade - mystery, tension, suspense - are skilfully employed, but the author's aim is to explore the layers of moral complexity involved in 'doing the right thing'.
From the first conversations with the Sly Fox producers I felt confident we'd found people who really understand the nature of Kate's novel, and who have the determination and enthusiasm to develop a tv adaptation which would do justice to her work. That Sly Fox is backed by the prestigious Acorn Productions is a great bonus."
Sly Fox producer Tim Vaughan said: "These days, it's hard to imagine a new TV cop series that could come across as fresh or different, but Kate London's Post Mortem immediately stands out as a thing apart: a gripping, intelligent and absorbing story, offering fascinating insights into the contradictions of every-day policing, told with the kind of honesty and forensic candour that only a seasoned and highly articulate insider in 'the Job' could provide."